A wonderful story to tell you,
…. this is how it all started, happened and ended:
Beginning of October, my cousin, her friends and I decided to do something during one of the long (public holiday) weekends that Cambodia has to offer.
We chose to go to Chi Phat! Oh men, if I knew what was going to happen during those 4 days, I would have thought a 100 times before giving my approval!
Between resting in Mondolkiri with nice elephants rides, nice scenaries, nice…everything I must say!… We decided to go for a 4days jungle-i-don’t-know-how-to-survive-trip…!
Left on thursday, hired a taxi for a 5hour-drive and because we were 6 in that small taxi, the ride was not really comfortable as you can imagine, but oh well it was ok! The thing is that the taxi was -I think- racing! Overtaking when he shouldn’t have to, driving too fast near the motorbikes… When we arrived to -I forgot the name- we took a small boat for more than 2 hours; super long!!
Then we finally arrived!! Yee! or Yee….
We slept in homestays, we had the choice between guest houses and homestays… homestays of course! No electricity after 10pm, toilets and “shower room” outside with the chickens!
In the morning, we left the center with our rucksack and our moutain bike! We were 7 and 2 guides were with us, whom one was a cook (just in case we were hungry during that week end).
Geez, the adventure began quite fast as we had to cross a big river as soon as we left with our stuff and stuff!
Pheww did it… but that wasn’t the most difficult thing at all.. after all.
Had to cross big fields, forests, plains, rivers… horizontal, vertical…! Don’t forget that this is Cambodia so it was really hot: 34°C!
We slept in hammock and took our “showers” in rivers or waterfalls.
The circuit was super hard, rocks and trees everywhere! Of course, we met the lovely leeches that were just waiting for us and would come on you when you least expect it, and they would go everywhere… literally every-where…!!!! They left some horrible marks, and even a week after, I would still have these marks!
Second day, we were on our bike at 8am and stopped for lunch on a river.
VERY TOUGH day… With at least 7hours of biking/hiking, I obviously fell several times but didn’t really hurt myself, or maybe because my body was so numb I didn’t feel anything! However, my bruises say that I must have hurt myself!
…we were quite behind schedule that day and had to walk for more than 3hours in the dark (the sunset is at 5:30pm) and this, under the rain. Awesome! So at that point, we didn’t care anymore about the leeches, spiders, and weird animals that said hello on our way! The disgusting puddles full of -I don’t know what- had no more secrets! As soon as you put your foot on it, there was a delicate smell tingling your nose, hmm!
I saw the first bat cave of my life! Interesting.
I have also been stung by mosquitos… blue mosquitos (dengue mosquitos… luckily they do not always hold the disease)
I don’t really know what to tell you… there are so many things to say!
Leeches are horrible! They would suck you and leave you with a wound; if you are lucky, you won’t bleed but keep a nasty mark as a souvenir, otherwise you will bleed quite a lot but the mark is not that bad…!
Sometimes, I was wondering if it was not more of a hiking mountain trip rather than a biking moutain trip because sometimes the track was just impassable with bamboo trees everywhere and we had to fold ourselves to go through the bamboo trees with our bike and our 20kg rucksack! Or when the track was just vertical with big rocks as steps to walk on…
Overall I am very happy I did that now because… I will never do it again.
So that was a summary of my crazy week end that I will not forget!!!!