Taken during the ride, photo purloined from the Phenomenal Penguin blog
My friend Amanda, her friend Kathleen and I headed to the streets and cowpaths the other day while Phnom Penh was a veritable ghost town during the Pchum Ben holiday.
It was my first venture into cycling while in a city where traffic chaos, near traffic lawlessness and attendant dangers are the rule. The city seemed sane enough, but traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend nearly doubled in the nation over the previous year as nearly every Cambodian who could get away headed to the provinces to be with their families.
On foot, using foot power or taking motorized transport, one must remain unnaturally alert even when the city seems to have closed down. The necessity of doing so cannot be overstated.
I was happy to be back in the saddle while the streets were relatively empty, but I’m still pretty well committed to walking rather than wheeling.
In any case, Amanda is a terrific writer (and editor), and I commend her blog post to your attention. She includes some winning photos, too.
That she mentions me at least four times is beside the point of my recommendation. Right!