Cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia in November 2016 for Girl Guiding because this great organisation develops girls worldwide

So here I am on my Cycling Challenge.
I have paid for this exciting trip to cycle through the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia which means all money I raise will go straight to Girl Guiding UK. It’s such a great organisation that gives girls opportunities to try new things, take part in activities that develop and encourage them as individuals and make them feel valued and useful in today’s world. I would really appreciate your encouragement for my challenge to cycle 300 miles over 9 days. You can donate through my web page:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ClaireTodd2016.
This also allows you to gift aid your payment so the charity can claim back your tax, making your donation go further. Watch this space for photos on my return to let you know that I have been successful in my challenge. If you think this is a worthwhile cause please share this post with others. https://www.facebook.com/claireetodd?pnref=story

Thank you for your support.

All ready to go at Heathrow with 12 other mad ladies. Let the leg work commence!

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DAY 2
Our second day of cycling along roads, lanes and stone pathways, some more muddy than others. Avoiding the dogs and chickens as wclaire-2-day-of-tripell as the bumps and waving at all the children who love to say hello to some strange looking foreigners speeding by. Countryside is beautiful with paddie fields as far as the eye can see and coconut and banana palms lining the routes. 90km today so I’m glad to be at the hotel for a hot shower and supper later.

 

 

 

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DAY 3
Another morning, breakfast on the terrace in Long Xuyen! Raring to go for another ride today. Have passed wonderful scenery and smiling people; eaten plenty of rice and different dishes of chicken and beef in oriental sauces, eggs a plenty too and14907579_1243467372340736_5056490820139621449_n lots of lovely fruit: mango, bananas, water melon & papaya all ripe and beautiful, coconut water straight from the unripened fruit. Cycled 210km so far. 100km to do today with 1 big hill, the main one on the route! Hope my legs will carry me to the next hotel.

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Day 4
A lovely lunch in the shade half  way through another amazing day. Hot is one way to describe it and drink is the other word from our leader. We achieved 99.2km and everyone managed the 1 in 10 really long hill at the end of a good day’s cycling followed by freewheeling down the day-3other side into town at night with all the car lights and horns peeping. Very glad to get to the hotel for our last night in Vietnam, off to Cambodia this morning.

 

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Day 6
Had a lovely lunch in the grounds of this Buddhist school here in Cambodia. Beautiful scenery with paddie fields en route and charming small homesteads built high above the ground. claire-temple

Plenty of cows to avoid on the road, water buffalo and a truck that had gone off the track!claire-cow

Lots of children to greet who receive us with a wonderful smile, Hi Five or giggles.
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Another 66km ridden in temperatures of over 30 – sorry about that for all you very chilly people in the UK.

Going  to be a bit of a shock returning to frost & snow. On a boat ride today and then cycle off to Siem Reap for final nights. Thank you for all your lovely comments, likes and great support egging me on.  ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Day 8
So 500km and 8 days later we’ve made it! Arrived yesterday afternoon at the beautiful temple of Angkor Wat. An incredible stone built complex with towers and chambers still standing from 1000 years ago. We’ve had an incredible adventure and such team spirit. Got up tjis morning at 5.00am for the sunrise too. There’s been so many lovely sights in the villages and on the roadside. Lots of good memories. Long flight home now but ready for a bit of a rest and my own bed! Thank you for all your kind words and donations for Girl Guiding UK. It has definitely been worth all the training, hard cycling and effort. See you all soon. Xx
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