Fam temple zone, sickness, the longest day
This is our last full day in Siem Reap / Angkor zone — and we’ve decided we are going for early morning temple hit via Tuk Tuk / Remork (a carriage attached to a scooter). We are not going all in for the 5am sunrise but plan is rolling in a tuk tuck by 6:45 to Angkor and doing the grand tour again (we already did by bike) but filling in some of the pieces that were not on the “greatest hits” bike tour) of a few days back.
Time to talk about a macro thing on the trip — the crew is never 100% 100%. By that I mean someone if not many are suffering something — just a little off. Or a lot off! But we’ve learned how to roll and determine when something is a “code red” like change plan vs. “code yellow” like ok proceed w/ caution and awareness. Yeah, usually it is GI related.
So, this morning our captain Megan Scott is brutalized but we head out anyway. She is a mad trooper. The kids are spanked. We have an amazing 7am to 11am tour, mind blowing. But by the end we are temple and tour weary and done. It is the longest day. We pass out for a couple hours. Everyone is either hot or tired or hungry or restless or something :) Good times! But so it goes, and we endure as a team and crew which I’m proud of. And the temples never disappoint just amazing. More pics on the flickr stuff above of course :)
I ride a bike to Tonle Sap lake and confirm we made the right call not doing the touron thing in this right now — wet season maybe, but for now what a skank/shank. More importantly, I really see some more amazing contrasts to the country, awesome peeps to kooky extortion to verdant land to eco garbage . . . all mixed together. The developing world writ large on a 40m bike ride.
Finished off w/ a search for the “Siem Reap Apple Store” and got spanked but enjoyed scoping out this crew — Piracy platform! Like Napster in a box a decade on — wild. Cambodia is proving to be the country of pirates on a levels! Said w/ equal measures of respect and disdain :)
So long beautiful and wild and dynamic and dusty and cosmo and Angkor infused and more Siem Reap. To the ocean we had tomorrow. Beauty v. skank v. scam report to come! Keira is growing up w/ the kindle holy cow!