After 80km, and approaching the Chong Chom Cambodia border crossing...feeling strong, and in the fine company of my shadow, after passing through the second Checkpoint.
My bike, which is more than 20 years old, has developed an alarming groaning/screaming sound, but I haven't a clue what it is trying to tell me. The sound persisted, and even got worse as the ride progressed...it was one thing that motivated me to ride on my own rather than with my group, as it clearly upset some riders who seemed to think I was being unpleasant to my bike...this will be an issue very soon!
[Olie, my friendly bike shop operator and leader of our group, spent a couple of days with the bike the following week, and eventually located the cause of the sound as a failing bearing in the free-wheel mechanism on the back wheel axle.]
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