I stayed at the Blissful guesthouse in Kampot on my first night in Cambodia. It was $2 and I got a free beer on check-in. After hanging out with a German girl all evening (I love Germans), the guesthouse owner introduced me to a touring cyclist who was staying there.
Eddie is a 27-year-old American on a similar bike tour as me. He started in Hanoi, and was heading North through Cambodia and Laos. Eddie will be continuing on into Thailand and possibly Malaysia. Anyway, after talking briefly and finding out that we both ride Surly bikes (he’s got a Long Haul Trucker), we decided to ride together the next day.
Eddie is an accomplished traveler and bike tourer. He’s taught English in South Korea for the past two years, and has done a few impressive bike tours – one along the Pacific Coast in the U.S. and a 5-month tour across China, Tibet, Nepal, and ending in New Delhi.
Since he has more time than me on this tour, Eddie was saying he has a relaxed attitude towards riding distance each day, going only about 60 miles per day. I was thinking uh-oh, I like to go at least 80 miles. But we’ve been riding well together. I think he’s sped up a little and I’ve slowed down. It’s good because I have the time and it’ll be good to take things a little slower.
It’s also nice to have someone to talk to, and to share a room with to split the cost.