Motorbikes in Cambodia

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Our Recent Whereabouts…

Teresa, Jenny and I recently learned how to drive motorbikes, in preparation for our upcoming adventure in Vietnam where we plan to rent our own motorbikes and drive up the coast.  Although we started out a bit rough (well, I did anyways) we quickly got the hang of it and were zipping around like pros.

Meagan the Klutz

As anyone who knows me well will verify, I am not the most coordinated person.  My mom and dad both get a big kick out of the fact that my middle name is Grace, because gracefulness is definitely not one of my strong points.  That being said, it took me a while to get the hang of riding.  First of all, I would just like to make it clear that I have never driven anything but automatic, 4-wheeled vehicles, so the semi-automatic motorbikes were a new experience on multiple levels. I had a hard time starting out slowly, and continued to shoot forward whenever I started going (I attribute that to my lack of hand-eye coordination).  The whole lean-as-you-turn thing took some getting as well.  And then there was the whole gear-switching… also took some getting used to! Luckily there was no clutch, and it was pretty much impossible to stall the bike, but I still had a hard time knowing when to switch gears.  The fact that the bike’s speedometer was broken didn’t help either.  After practicing for some time, I think I’ve got the general idea of it though.

Vietnam, Here We Come!

We were worried about the practicalities of learning how to ride so quickly, but it really did only take 30 minutes to learn!  Apart from nearly running into a cow, a wall, and a miniature spinning-swing ride, I think I did alright :)  I didn’t hurt anybody (myself included) and I am pretty confident at my ability to drive a motorbike now!  I’m even considering getting one when I get back home for college.  I’m really excited for our upcoming Vietnam ride!

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 | Categories: Cambodia, entertainment, How People Travel, recreation

 

One comment

  • Aunt Lori says:

    I laughed all the way through this, Meagan! I hope you were able to laugh at yourself during the experience as well. Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up on your blogs….. Have you noticed that time is going by faster lately?

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