The first day we went into a place called Rum Jopon. First we visited an old 400AD temple on the way. It is now the 3th time I came there and it was great to see that the people know me now. the priest there is very friendly to see foreigners as none come and visit. We are still in the first 10 foreigners to visit this temple. The priest did some carvings on the trees in order to make it sacred, otherwise the illegal loggers will come and cut it off. At least these trees will survive......It was great to see the people again in Rum Jopon. Sorry that we had no meds with us as this was only an exploratory trip. Still everyone came and visit with us while we see how we can help them more in the future. So nice that every time I come , I learn new things in order to help them better. My list is getting bigger by the day. We had to hit the road again as dark was on us. We quickly also stop at a nearby river and was all the dirt from us. The well at the church started to dry up and water was not in much supply. Well now we were nice and clean and could move again freely. Off course a day of hard driving will not be hardcore if you cannot get the dust down with a nice "tagcalog"(smoothy) with Durian in it. Some people prefer a beer but this smoochy is a killer. Dinner at church was cooked by the pastors wife and children and we were treated with Khmer cuisine from another world. We were so stuffed and tired when we hit the hay. Ready to go to dream land and ready for the next day.
The next morning it was up early and went to breakfast off rice and meat or noodles and meat. then we were off to Relose. Our plans for going all the way to Kratie was off as one of our friends had Mumps and his face was swollen round. Relose is a small place where people are digging for Gold. Now there are not many people but in rainy season it swells to a lot of people. The jungle is full of empty houses but rainy season is not far away and then there will be a lot of people and a lot of work to be done. We are looking forward to that time. These roads will be a real challenge to ride in rainy season. We visited with the oldest family around and they are already there from 1993 and still they are digging for gold. Grandma ask Manoj if he do not want to take the little cute girl and give her a better education. Here are no school for the children. We hear that in the year ahead there will be a school for the children, not far away. that will be a real blessing to all. Clean water they get from the mountain. We need to come back and explore more.
We drove through the forest and saw a lot of empty villages. Now we know the road in and can come again when rainy season is on. It is the good thing to explore these places when it is dry season. Brett and me cooled off in a big pool of mud and became mud-brothers. I treid to overrun him and got sprayed so bad that I nose dived in the pool. Man was I dirty with mud. So much fun..... After a very long drive and many crossings later we stopped to see where we are. Off course we were lost for the millionth time. Suddenly 2 mopets came out of the forest. We stopped them and they asked us where they are as they were lost as well. O my, what a delema!!! Well we took the one road and were on the good road in 10 min. Wow what a ride.
On our way back it was time to swim and clean up and in town had a tagcalok again. then off to a dinner out of this world from the Khmer kitchen of the Kabal Domrey church. Our trip was over and all we had to do is go to sleep and tomorrow we took the good road back to Phnom Penh. Wow so nice to be on the road with good friends and good fellowship.