Epic cycle ride undertaken by unfit, overweight, not middled aged lady

I visited Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in 2002. One of the things that really struck me about the countries was the indefatigable people, the welcome extended to visitors and the simple joy taken in small pleasures. But, having visited the Museum of the American War in Ho Chi Minh City, seen the 'Danger UXB' signs in Laos and read the good news headline in a paper in Cambodia: ' Deaths from UXBs down to 3 this month. Only 40 maimed.' I was acutely aware of the toll still being taken on the population.

Over the years I have pondered the munitions still there and this year I have finally decided to get off my bottom and do something. So I have, somewhat impetuously and with little regard for my physical fitness, cycling ability or dodgy left knee decided to join the MAG cycle ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Ankor Wat. I will be doing this the first week or so in Feb 2011 and it does involve a couple of days of over 100km in 30 degree heat. Having signed up I have been told that neither a rickshaw nor an electric bikes are options and that doing the distance on my own pedals is expected.

Donation link is further down on the right - I have paid for my own flights and contributed enough to cover living expenses so all money raised from sponsorship will go to MAG.

This is my blog of my progress to get on the road and when I am there - assuming I will be capable of rational thought after a day of unaccustomed exercise.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

100 Km!

Sorry about the terseness of these reports, but I am only getting updates by text message at the moment. Hopefully, once I join her in Cambodia later this week and there is more time to work on it, we can post a lot more about how the week went.

Vicky texted me earlier to say that she's OK (Tuesday night for her), and has managed 100km. However she's not eating properly (breakfast and lunch OK but no dinner today) and has been a bit sick, which is making me worry (again). It's a very strange feeling, sitting here back in the UK with no real ability to interfere (yes, I have been called a control freak in the past, how did you know?).

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