Welcome to Cambodia! We pass mopeds loaded up to rival those in Vietnam.
Is there really a bike under there?!
On the somewhat ill-advised route to Ban Lung, we come across our first 'bridge'. Juan tests for structural integrity.
It took the weight of the GS so Em takes a deep breath and goes for it!
Uh-oh, this time there's water underneath plus a steep, sandy slope down to the bridge...
It takes so long deliberating over how to make the descent, some of the villagers pluck up the confidence to approach us.
Easy does it! Juan holds onto the back to give James some extra braking power.
Carefully picking a route with the fewest loose boards!
It's not long before we come to the next one - another sandy track down to a make-shift bridge over a dried up river bed.
The ascent up the other side isn't ideal!
Juan comes back for Em's bike - thanks for that!
Er, you've got a little something on your face...
I'm supposed to ride down and mount a boat from this?
Easy! Bye James, we'll send the boat back for you...
Muddy bike = badass bike!
James makes it to the other side of the river... hopefully the going will be a little easier from this point?!....
Sadly, we find ourselves still very much in the wilderness. We stop for the first of many breaks in the shade of a tree.
Man down! You can't really tell from the photo but the sand is really thick!
Another kilometre, another break...
After crossing this shallow river, that's it: we can go no further today!! Juan is a broken man.
A crowd of villagers start to gather as we set up camp.
James gathers an audience while he filters some much needed water. We don't know the lingo but body language suggests 'WTF?!'
Back across the water you can see the track we came down to ford the river.
Day two: yet more sand!
Summoning up the energy for another stint!...
Oh so very occasionally we get hard packed dirt and shade - bliss!
Em nearly runs Juan over while he crouches to take the pic!