June Challenge: Thirteen Years After

Copycat entry, thanks to Greg for the inspiration.

The picture on the left is from our tour in Cambodia. We had just set out at the Thai-Cambodian border and were heading for Siem Reap. I wrote in my journal:

December 16, 2007 It is now past nine, the sun is hot and the road is terrible. I had been warned this would be the case, I know, but I guess I just had to see it for myself. We stick to a kind of track on the edge used by all two-wheeled vehicles which skirts the potholes and rocks and deeper dust while keeping you out of range of the buses, pick-ups, cars and trucks. The air is thick with dust, I’ve masked my nose and mouth with a scarf as do most other people out on the road, and my thermometer climbs to 41 degrees centigrade. We have a headwind. My bicycle computer has stopped working – that was my first frustration of the day – but it’s just as well I don’t see how slowly we’re riding.

The selfie on the right is a shot from my 30-km ride yesterday afternoon. The sun was welcome, the temperature was about 25 degrees centigrade and I had a light headwind. The two days have little in common. Sadly, our days of adventure cycling are over. Fortunately, we are very happy with our present style of cycling, just feeling a bit nostalgic at times.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

7 response to "June Challenge: Thirteen Years After"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: June 14, 2020

    Having those memories and something to be nostalgic about is a good thing ;’-).

  2. By: Scooter Posted: June 14, 2020

    Très chic! Great that you still have this old photo and a journal about the experience.

    I’m wondering if our own adventures cycling days are over too – at least international ones. I wonder how long it will be before another country lets Americans in the door again.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 14, 2020

      That was pre-ebike and I was still posting my rides on that other website. Very glad I did.
      I hope you two can get back to Europe soon. It’s just that flight…

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 14, 2020

    Cool! And the bandana is a near match if not the same one.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 14, 2020

      Same one! Otherwise all different apparel. Probably all my cells are new since then too, although I don’t really know how long it takes for a complete renewal of body cells.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 14, 2020

    That’s a perfect now and then shot. It’s good to have those memories to reflect on – all things change, ti’s just accepting that which can be hard! I think we are all still about 22 in our heads, regardless of our body age 🙂

  5. By: Scooter Posted: June 15, 2020

    And, I know what you mean but I seriously doubt that your adventure cycling days are over. You can find adventure a mile from home.

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