After a nice breakfast we headed toward to Banteay Srei . . .
. . our steeds were ready for us . . . and away we went,
. . . a Buddha being built in a village we biked through . . .
. . . which also had one of the many donated water source building projects we have seen along on our biking adventure. Bringing clean water to the rural area.
Happy to see us . . . or hungry!!!
Many of the animal and human statues and paintings show heads with three sides. Snakes can have many more heads heads!!!
Oh . . . it’s those guys again!!!
We are starting to see a few rice fields again today . . .
As we stop for a break . . .
Nak . . . got nostalgic. This might seem like just another local road along a lake . . .
. . . but it is very close to where Nak’s family homestead is and he helped build this road years ago . . .
. . .when he was a young child.
The Wisconsin contingent . . .
bikes are holding up GREAT. No flat tires yet!!
. . . oh yeah, it was hot in the sun!!!
. . . so off we went down the red road.
There is lots of construction in the rural areas, most being done with hand tools including mixing cement in a trough, by hand with a shovel . . .
Yes, back on the asphalt!!!
Not sure what was grown here but no irrigation involved!!!
Soon . . LUNCH!!! OUT of the sun it was very pleasant . . .
. . and yes, a lovely tofu salad!!!
There are not only huge Buddha statues in pagodas, temples and along the road. Many homes and businesses have one on site too . . . as did our restaurant did . . .
. . . and people always make offerings, usually food. Maybe that’s why Buddha is mostly represented as a ‘rotund’??
This was a great lunch spot and must be ‘on the list’ of approved stops. New flush toilet building with ‘western style toilets’!!!!
Soon we were at the temple . . .
. . . which was very well preserved . . .
. . . and no crowds to share it with!!!
But there was interesting statuary . .
. . . with intricate designs.
. . . and if you were hungry, how about some fruit!!!
We were soon back on the road with about 15 miles to our pick up spot. Here, I am stepping on the remains of some type lizard . . . and wearing a lot of the ‘red road’ on my sweaty calves!!!
Soon our ride for the day was done. We loaded the bikes in the van and headed back to Siem Reap . . . and 50 cent beers, again!!!