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  • Writer's pictureAjmal Samuel

Bikeathon Reflections: Battambang to Pailin

Our Bikeathon from Battambang to Pailin, so far covering some 60 kilometers of beguiling Cambodia, has been a pleasure indeed.

For today, our unhurried pace along primary provincial roads, on a cool balmy day, cycling beneath a soft cloud cover, has given me time to reflect upon this county's recent history. While observing the landscape's transformation from flat rice paddies to rolling hills, I've considered how this area, once a Khmer Rouge stronghold, served as a strategic base for an oppressive regime. Fast forward to today, as we cycled into Pailin's main primary and secondary schools, warmly greeted by students curious to see us and my hand-cycle, I've been able to brood over how Pailin has undergone a remarkable transformation – from a symbol of oppression to a beacon of hope and positive change.

Today began with Christmas celebrations firstly at the primary school, where I had the privilege to share 4 videos of my recent adventures with an audience of enthusiastic kids.

The festivities then continued at the secondary school, where I presented a comprehensive account of my journey with the more thoughtful mature students.

Being part of this venture has been a pleasure, as I've witnessed the positive impact education has had on Pailin. I'm committed to supporting this cause in the future. Let's continue spreading joy and making a difference.

So with the Thai-Cambodia Bikeathon fundraising mission now complete, we look forward to the border crossing into Thailand tomorrow and a push onto Chantaburi, Rayong and finally to Bangkok.

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