Let me tell you a little about an interesting global club called WarmShowers.
It is visible as a website dedicated to servicing cycling tourists. It puts cyclists in touch with people who might be willing to provide free services to them as they travel about.
I joined WarmShowers a few months ago, just to try it out, and thinking "Who knows, but one day I might get in to touring this way and might be glad of a welcoming stranger somewhere along the way".
There were a couple of contacts that did not result in stays. Then I got a message from Bert, mid-fifties Dutchman, who is touring with his wife Christine. This led to us having house-guests for two nights, and I gave them a RaysTours glimpse of Surin Province by motorcar while they took a day of rest. Their visit was a delightful experience...informative and entertaining both ways.
Bert and Christine had already been on their bikes about 1 month, traveling about 1500km through Cambodia and Thailand. Christie is now returned to Netherlands to work, while Bert is continuing on his bike for another 11 months, taking in New Zealand and then riding North through China then West through Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, etc, Iran, Turkey, and finally back to Netherlands.
Ray's feedback on his Guests
"Bert and Christine stayed with us for 2 nights. This was our first experience of hosting WarmShowers cycle tourists...Bert and Christine met my Hopes and exceeded my Expectations as guests, being sociable, polite, thankful, and were entertaining and informative with their stories relating to cycling. It was great to spend time with such friendly and capable cyclists and good people."
Quote from Bert's Blog
"A few days later we cross the border with Thailand at Anlong Veng
and we make contact with Ray Storey, a member of Warm Showers.
That means something like 'cyclists for cyclists'. You become a member,
make your home / garden / garage available for cyclists and you can also
stay with others.
Our first experience with Ray and his wife Na was very satisfying.
Nice to get to know local cyclists and to be able to exchange a lot more
than with the average hotel employee. Ray showed us some very unknown temples
on the border with Cambodia, including Ta Muean. And Na cooked delicious Thai.
Finally, Ray cycled a lot with us so that we could pick up our planned route again.
Here is an image of Bert and Christine I made at Ta Meaung Khmer ruins...
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