Cambodian Daycare. Fortress of Woman (“Bantrey Srei”), Wife/Spartacus. 80k (50 miles) Temple ride.
Megan and a Ceremony at Angkor
Always an amazing calculus figuring out what the crew can and want and should see. We are in arguably the most amazing archaeological and architectural zone in the world. It is 1000 sq km. We are a family of four calling our shots here and there. We’ve not found easy childcare options. I source a daycare type program from some PLF contacts and we decide to go for it as nothing else simple/personal presets despite major inquiries through hotel and what not.
Leave your kids at a random spot on a dirt road w/ no “paperwork”? Online reviews and some personal connection suggest this is a perfectly safe place leave your kids for a half or full day. We get up early to do it. Hey, a little different on paper than for reals on all fronts. Rent the bikes and get those and fit ourselves out and store those and pile into a Tuk Tuk to a random daycare and away we go. It is 7:45! Hey w/ a clowns mouth it must be cool yeah?
There is nobody at the daycare in terms of other guests. Not a lot of english. We vibe it. The peeps look and seem awesome along w/ the facilities. The clock is ticking on all levels — the mercury is rising, the half day daycare, on and on!
There is stress — oi neither Megan or I really could internalize what it might be like to leave your kids at a “random” place w/ no paperwork and going on vibe/trust/reviews? Crazy, along w/ the time thing :) Amazing that Megan and I are thriving in this overall cauldron, well maybe not “amazing” but if you want to put a health check on your marriage just see if you can do what we are doing :) Not spraying on this, but for real and for getting real 10 years in to a marriage do this thing we are doing 5 months day to day w/ each other and deep in w/ your kids, for giggles. Pretty sure the answers will be mad clear.
So, we wave goodbye the the kids (forever?/kidding :) — and we ride, to Angkor Wat for the ‘morning session’. We fly, it is cool. A holiday has things amped up at 8:30am, huge posse and what not. But fun to check out. I am checking in w/ Megan on time and how she is feeling wrt the ride to Bantreay Srei which is 37k from siem reap, or so . . . she is like hey thumbs up! And away we go, w/ a bonus 10k of temple lined road to start the trip for the Angkor Wat views. 30 minutes later she is like “isn’t is 13k away?” We laugh. All we can do. Sorry love, dig in or tell me when to bail :) It is 3x that!
Getting out there!
Tourons like us on tuk tuks are cheering us late in the ride, and as always the farther from a city we get the more hello’s and waves from locals we get (I call these “hi gu’s”) now — little shots of energy.
We make it out there. Iced canned nescafe approximates “strarbucks canned double shot” or something. Insane. The temple is amazing, as advertised. Fortress of Woman. Small and Petite but grand and impressive w/ carvings. Rad me/Megan walk about. Our time.
Riding home, we are skulling the macro what is next. Megan goes green light/supporter on Laos/Vietnam! Stoked. There is no “selling” here — we all have to be stoked on what we are doing as each and every moment will not bit chill and comfy and the only given is stuff will be new and adventure zone.
Now we are railing to get home in time for the kids. Family mommy/daddy team TT on some kook bikes around temples, awesome :) We need water and I press on ahead and get some and tell Megan to keep rolling . . . then I can’t catch her she is like Spartacus (Fabain style) on a Roubaix or Flanders finish attack or something but it’s awesome — I close the gap on gravel (PAVE!) — the husband / wife TT is rad all the way back.
We arrive 1pm and are crazy sweat zone, like it really is leaking out of every pore w/ 100 degree heat and dust and city now and humidity. But mainly we are like where are our kids! They are chill and good. Aili napping w/ one of the ladies, Keira playing w/ some other kids, its all good . . . our brains are melting but we sort logistice (I ride 2k to hotel, get tuk tuk, put crew on that, ride Meg’s bike 2k, etc, all good). The peeps were rad, thank you
The pool, cooling off, and figuring out how we are going to do an insane trip over the next three weeks of 4 countries and visas and travel and going deep but not burnin up (in Laos!), etc. We are re-calculating our Perihelion, we know this.