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Old 12-20-2012, 06:09 AM   #12
DesertSweeper OP
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Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Siem Reap Cambodia

Apologies for overstepping the mark GB...will keep it as clean as a Long Way Drowned Ride Report could possibly be...

We finally arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia where our Ride starts tomorrow. Technically that is. We are greeted by our eighth and final rider John who is too soft to do a road trip so he flew directly here instead “to do the cultural thing”. Noel has regained sufficient functionality to discover he no longer has his iPhone and then the hotel asks for our passports and he’s lost that too. We start a register of losses and Noel is well in the lead already. Siem Reap is a wonderful little town – well worth visiting if you are in these parts. We assemble what is left of our shattered group and head down to Pub Street for dinner at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub. With our first solid meal for days under the belt spirits are on the mend so we wander down the street to see what’s up in this wonderful little town. We stop at a random bar and sit on the sidewalk watching the passing trade. A trio of street kids selling “friendship” bangles attacks us and the lads are generous with their purchases. Owen donates the disco-laser pointer he bought on the streets of Bangkok to the tiniest of the three – a little boy who is over the moon with his new toy. They strike up a rich friendship that ends with much dancing in the street and a serious bout of permanent-marker tattoo work on each other. Brian snaps off these pics on the streets of our evenings entertainment:













Later we go tuk-tukking around town in search of late-night munchies:





We finally find a place in some back street where Noel promptly passes out in his chair:



The lads waste no time in assesing his camatose balancing capabilities, to test his potential for tomorrow's day-one ride naturally:



The night is showing signs of giving in to dawn and so we head back to our beds to grab a few hours before our first day's ride...
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