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Old 03-06-2014, 10:17 PM   #3001
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I can list about 20 bikes, including a Honda C90 that I would rather take around the world then a KLR.

You keep that up and we won't let you back in Montana Noah!!











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Old 03-08-2014, 12:21 AM   #3002
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You keep that up and we won't let you back in Montana Noah!!

I'll try to bring some culture to Montucky when I return.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:24 AM   #3003
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KLR's will rule the end of the WORLD !!!
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:35 AM   #3004
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2 weeks in Phnom Penh

I got into Phnom Penh on the 26th of February. My intention was to work on the bike for a week then go explore some of the south western Cambodia tracks. After a week I was basically done with the bike but i wasn't quite ready to leave PP. It is a really chill city in some places and it was nice to just hang out.


Working on the bike. (see previous post for work done http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=2885)


Monster makes LED blinkers? I guess I have to settle since I couldn't find the Redbull blinkers.


Kettle One vodka 1 liter = $17 = dangerous.


$30 hotel room


People here don't get the concept of stop lights. They would rather keep going and make a jam.


Who needs a spark plug cap?


The view.

A tuk tuk with out scooter.


Mostly all the tuk tuks in Cambodia are a trailer behind a scooter or sim 150. They drip water onto the motor to cool it because the thing is overworked and doesn't cool enough from the slow air going over it.

Before I left Cambodia the first time, a friend of mine asked if I could come to the school he taught at and talk to the kids about my trip. Of course this sounded like fun so I agreed. I looked through my photos and tried to limit 5 photos per country. This became very hard to do in the countries like Russia or Mongolia where I had thousands of photos. When I was showing pictures of Canada and Alaska, I asked if anyone had seen snow. All of the white teachers raised there hand. None of the Cambodian kids, teachers or staff raised their hand. Some thing we take for granted I guess. After talking with the kids for a couple hours, they wanted to show me their robot. Some of them were going to a competition in Singapore the next week. All the teams had to use the same LEGO robot set and do the same problem. Some of the kids were really cleaver and had some pretty good engineering skills. You could ask them why and how questions and they would come up with tests. Other kids would just try different things until something worked or they got frustrated. The kids also had a project to try to make a wind generator. They said none of them were working. None of them would make the LED light up. I asked if any of them would like to learn about electricity and about 5 of them were very interested. 2 more times I came back to this school and met with those 5 kids. I tried to teach them the basics. Voltage vs. Current and parallel vs series. I took one look at their generators and saw what was wrong. The windings of the generator were parallel to the magnetic field of the rotating magnet. There is no current induced in the wire if the magnetic field does not change. I was explaining this to these kids when one of them asked "what if we turn the coil like this?" (making the motion with his hands to turn the coil 90 degrees). Yes! I gave him high five. I also tried to teach them some troubleshooting. I had 2 identical lights. I put one in a box but i unscrewed the bulb so it wouldn't work. I put the other in a box. I told them "one light works and one doesn't, you need to test them and tell me which one works. You can't open the box.. that's cheating." I sat back and watched as they tried to figure out how to do it. They had no multi meter to measure resistance. Only an analog volt meter, analog amp meter, wires, extra light bulbs and batteries. I figured there were 2 obvious ways to look at it. Put 1 more light in series and see if it lights up. That would show if there was current flowing. The 2nd would be to hook the amp meter up. They messed around with the volt meter for a while and I had to ask some questions to them about what they were looking for. Once they all decided they needed to see if current was flowing into the box, it was easy for them to see. Sure enough, one box had current flow when a battery was hooked up and one didn't. I would have gladly spent a few weeks helping at this school. Maybe in the future.




They were pretty stoked about the bike. But when I started the bike in neutral and gave it a little rev, this kid started yelling... "turn it off turn it off". All the others were laughing.




I think he wanted to take it home with him.






Sunset view while drinking a beer with the teachers along the Mekong river.

I met a lady from NY who was teaching in Korea when I was there. She was now traveling around south east Asia so we decided to go to the Tuol Sleng (S21) prison museum together. It was pretty heavy but not as informative as the "killing fields" tour I would do a few weeks later. Brief history: The Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia in 1975 and help power until 1979. In 1979 the Vietnamese army pushed them into the west/north part of the country. The Khmer Rouge continued to fight into the 90s. Under Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge forced everyone out of cities to work in villages making rice or doing other manual labor. Schools, religion and learning were outlawed even though Pol Pot was a teacher himself. The S21 prison was converted from a highschool. In 4 years over 20,000 people where imprisoned and tortured here. Most were sent to the "killing fields" in trucks to be off'd after they signed a confession. Of the 20,000 prisoners, only 7 survived. From Wiki "The four-year period cost approximately 2 million lives through the combined result of political executions, disease, starvation, and forced labor" In PP you don't see many old people. They were all killed or driven out and never came back.






To the dipshit who felt he needed to "tag" a wall of S21, you suck at life. Way to go Fresno.. you bread a winner. If any of you know "NK" maybe you can give him a slap in the right direction. What happened to respect?




Some of the victims.






Not all victims were from Cambodia. Mostly all foreigners were rounded up and imprisoned and accused of spying.











I sold the fake Honda scooter to the cousin of a really good friend of mine who just happened to be in PP the same time and needed a scoot. I figured $100 was good enough. He would ride it till it broke or sell it to another traveler.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:44 AM   #3005
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Kudos Noah for passing on the knowledge to those kids.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:40 AM   #3006
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the Khmer Rouge era is totally sobering.... something that we in the US have never, and hopefully will never, experience.... the problem is that we are so 'fat' that most will never understand...

the thing I can't ever understand is how people could commit such atrocities... kinda like the Nazi's that ran the concentration camps....
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:41 AM   #3007
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Great report as always Noah. Sounds like you're a natural teacher. Maybe you're finding out what you'll be doing in your next life!
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:56 AM   #3008
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Great report as always Noah. Sounds like you're a natural teacher. Maybe you're finding out what you'll be doing in your next life!
Yep.... +1.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:51 AM   #3009
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Sorry, but this photo put a smile on my face, and I had to quote it.. Noah the nutty professor.

Not to draw comparisons, but they probably thought your were god. Crazy bearded white man arrives on a moto to teach them about electricity? no way!

Major kudos to you for helping out those kids

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Old 03-08-2014, 09:17 AM   #3010
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Wow. Thanks again for your pictures and comments. Sobering, enlightening, and uplifting - what you did with the kids. I'm an EE. Brought back early memories.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:16 AM   #3011
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Sorry, but this photo put a smile on my face, and I had to quote it.. Noah the nutty professor.

Not to draw comparisons, but they probably thought your were god. Crazy bearded white man arrives on a moto to teach them about electricity? no way!

Major kudos to you for helping out those kids
Too cool!!

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Wow. Thanks again for your pictures and comments. Sobering, enlightening, and uplifting - what you did with the kids.
+1

Out of all your great posts.. this one is a gem. The smiling faces of those kids, full of hope and moving forward from their country's sad history. Thanks so much for sharing.

+100 on nk.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:28 PM   #3012
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Love it

I just caught up on your RR after being turned on to it from Lalo aka Flyingdutchman. Loved every minute of your ride.
I'm a just shy of 50 female scooter rider turned BMW 700 GS rider who has ridden lots of Vespa miles solo and have many planned Beemer solo miles planned this season.
For a few years I've been thinking/planning a Vietnam trip, and next year I'm going to make it happen. My friends keep pulling out, but I'm doing it no matter what in 2015.
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I was thinking October, but was January a good time to be riding there? I'm planning on a north west trip from Hanoi and want to avoid the rainy season.
Why a scooter? Don't get me wrong, my Vespas are the best way to get around NYC where I live, but if it weren't for getting through customs into Cambodia(?) would you have rather rented a 125 or 250 motorcycle?

Ride on, love it, and stay safe. You are so lucky to be doing this at your age. I'm trying to keep healthy so I can do it when I retire.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #3013
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Yup, I don't care what you do for a living... If you love what you do, teaching it will positively rock.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:44 PM   #3014
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I don't want to offend anybody because I make a clear distinction between people and governments, so...

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the Khmer Rouge era is totally sobering.... something that we in the US have never, and hopefully will never, experience.... the problem is that we are so 'fat' that most will never understand...

the thing I can't ever understand is how people could commit such atrocities... kinda like the Nazi's that ran the concentration camps....

People commited such atrocities because the USA, amongst others, allowed it.

Realpolitik is much more important than humanbeings, cultures and societies (sic).


As I said, hope nobody feels hurt by this comment. What I hope is you watch this documentary by John Pilger. Images are not explicit, don't worry. But emotions are. Extremely moving.


"YEAR ZERO: The Silent Death of Cambodia."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_RtNNwUz0



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Old 03-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #3015
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I just caught up on your RR after being turned on to it from Lalo aka Flyingdutchman. Loved every minute of your ride.
I'm a just shy of 50 female scooter rider turned BMW 700 GS rider who has ridden lots of Vespa miles solo and have many planned Beemer solo miles planned this season.
For a few years I've been thinking/planning a Vietnam trip, and next year I'm going to make it happen. My friends keep pulling out, but I'm doing it no matter what in 2015.
2 questions
I was thinking October, but was January a good time to be riding there? I'm planning on a north west trip from Hanoi and want to avoid the rainy season.
Why a scooter? Don't get me wrong, my Vespas are the best way to get around NYC where I live, but if it weren't for getting through customs into Cambodia(?) would you have rather rented a 125 or 250 motorcycle?

Ride on, love it, and stay safe. You are so lucky to be doing this at your age. I'm trying to keep healthy so I can do it when I retire.
I would have loved a 125 or 250, a proper motorcycle. We just didn't have time to find one. Plus, The idea was to ride scooters. It was a dumb idea, but Travis and I will never forget VN on our shitty little scooters.

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I don't want to offend anybody because I make a clear distinction between people and governments, so...

People commited such atrocities because the USA, amongst others, allowed it.

Realpolitik is much more important than humanbeings, cultures and societies (sic).


As I said, hope nobody feels hurt by this comment. What I hope is you watch this documentary by John Pilger. Images are not explicit, don't worry. But emotions are. Extremely moving.


"YEAR ZERO: The Silent Death of Cambodia."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_RtNNwUz0



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This is true. The rest of the world turned the other way and decided not to see. After the VN army pushed the Khmer Rouge out of power, they still held a seat in the UN. Mostly because the UN and the US didn't want to recognize a government that was set up with the help of Vietnam.

The fighting continued into the 90s in Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge gorilla army was funded many countries including Thailand.. who got quite a bit of support from the US. So yeah. Its messed up and we can't let history repeat itself.

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Too cool!!


+1

Out of all your great posts.. this one is a gem. The smiling faces of those kids, full of hope and moving forward from their country's sad history. Thanks so much for sharing.

+100 on nk.
Thanks. It was a lot of fun teaching the kids. Mostly because I think like a child myself sometimes and I would have loved to learn about this stuff at a young age. I was the kid who took apart the radio to see what was in side... even if it wasn't broken.
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