Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle Challenge - a rude awakening, searing heat and beautiful little faces

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20 October 2017
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Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle Challenge - a rude awakening, searing heat and beautiful little faces

A message from Deb, Chief Exec and co founder of Teens Unite, on the teams progress

"A rude awakening at 5am! The sound of a pig being slaughtered and a strange “singing” sound, which was very similar to an old ice cream van’s chime.

At breakfast we find out that the “singing” was not an ice cream van, but in fact a funeral! The singing is traditional, and plays throughout the service. The pig was slaughtered to feed the guests at the wake!!

With that knowledge, we tucked in to a hearty breakfast – a protein filled omelette was top of most people’s list and very welcome as we know that today is a big day for us. We have 60km to cycle today and already the heat is fierce.

Ahead of us were flat roads, long, flat roads, which at first we welcomed. However, these soon became very difficult as there was no escape from the sun which was beating down – the temperature was easily up to 34 degrees. Today, there was not too much in terms of scenery to distract us, so it was heads down and pushing on.

However, there were some beautiful moments today, moments that make us all very emotional. The young children that we met along the way are so, so happy to see us and greet us with their gorgeous little faces full of smiles. We give the little gifts that we have and they are so grateful for the little things that we are able to give them. We are all so glad that our very generous supporters got behind us and allowed us to do this, it means so much.

We found out that we still had 14km to go before our lunch stop, but we get our heads down and push on – it really was so hot and we were all struggling with heat rash and purple faces! However, lunch was a welcome rest, and we were presented with traditional foods – fish soup, pork ribs, chicken and noodles. Although this all looked amazing, in this heat, it is difficult to eat, and the thought of another ride after lunch was quite difficult.

However, we press on, and come to a temple, a great photo opportunity and Nik Nak tells us that we only have another 7km to go, our spirits are lifted.

Finally, with 60km under our belt, we board our bus for an hour’s ride to our hotel for the night – an hour in the air conditioning, bliss!

Despite the challenges of the day, this is an amazing experience and we are all having the time of our lives.

Love, Deb x"

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