My Aching Ass (or, the Cambodian Motorcycle Diaries)

I’m going to write a more detailed account of my day with photos soon but wanted to post this quick summary of my trip to Preah Vihear.

I spent 14 hours on the back of a small motorbike yesterday driving through Cambodia, and about 90% of the time we were on dirt roads. Some of the time I wouldn’t even call them roads, just “puddles of mud” where people traveled. By the time we were done, I was in excruciating pain from sitting on the bike for so long. I’ve been back over half a day and my tailbone is still sore. It hurts to sit.

My ass cheeks developed some sort of rash or something and they hurt too. We had to drive through rain for about 30 min and everything I had got soaked. It eventually dried, except my pants, which meant that my ass had that wrinkled texture on top of everything, you get when you are in water for too long.

All the exposed parts of my body are burnt, I literally burned my right calf on the tailpipe of the motorbike, I got one of the toes on my left foot pelted with a rock that felt like getting shot with a bb gun. My knees hurt so bad after the trip from being locked in place for so long, I could barely walk.

Oh, there were AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades, mine fields, and lightning….but that will have to wait for the rest of the story.