Day 6 of the Cambodia Ruin Raiders – Spice Traders – Single Slayers Expedition…
Big riding day today. 350 kms. Lots of dirt running south to Steung Altai Reservoir. Fun obstacles along the way that seemed to justify riding across balance logs at RawHyde Adventures and the GS Trophy. Hours of standing in the footpegs brappping today. Fortunately the weld job held up and the Baja250 rallied on..
I decided to push for distance at the Chinese hydroelectric plant. Rather than an early afternoon arrival into Koh Kong, I decided to rally on the butter smooth asphalt to Otres Beach near Sihanoukville. 220 kms of smooth rapped out 250cc Honda got me to the beach, beer and swim by sunset. (Otres is striking similar in vibe to Canoa, Ecuador, just way smaller.)
Had fish Amok for the first time last night… incredible. Pietro, from Sardinia, was sitting at a table next to me at dinner. Headphones in, eating in ‘his space’. He made eye contact with me, removed the headphones and proceeded to engage me in a very animated narrative about the special’ness of Otres. He was awesome. Very much insisted on being Sardinian and not Italian. Man his English was terrible and when he didn’t know a word he would just twist up his mouth and shrug like, “eh i don’t know da word… forget about it.” He had me laughing to tears, jumping out of his seat grabbing at his chest, for his heart illustrating the love he has for the local people here. Pietro… rock on dude! Pra Muoy!