As I write this it's early in the morning on Thursday in the UK. I got a text message overnight from Vicky, who was en route to the start point for the final days cycling. She is determined to do the last day, and has had breakfast though says she has some heart burn and the doctor has given her some medicine.
I am packing my case this morning and doing the last minute stuff at home, including collecting various ointments to soothe parts of her that I probably shouldn't mention here. Then I'll be off to the airport and that'll most likely be it from me here. Assuming we can sort things out at the destination hotel, the next account should be from my very brave wife, of whom I am incredibly proud.
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.