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Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri – Pictures. Trail Running and Elephants

here are a few pics of the first week or so on the Elephant Valley Project, running in the morning before heading to work on the project in the afternoon.

The temperature has been rising since i got here and is around 36C to 38C in the afternoons now, and around 26C first thing in the morning. It soon warms up, and the humidity, despite no rain is quite omnipresent as ever..

Looking back towards the starting point

Our accomodation - a finky wooden hut pretty much open to the air is behind the white building in the distance. A typical Sen monorom view

Gee Noll and Easy enjoying the river on a warm afternoon. The Elephant Valley Project

A tri down to visit Gee-Noll and Easy in the afternoon in the project forest rented from the Pnong People. The Elies are so happy down here. Awesome to be involved. Nothing better thhan visiting these guys after a hot mmorning run

Adidas Trail Response 20's doing great, Hot day. exploring the trails

Above Sen Monorom. Exploring the tracks and trails, no one around as usual, hot, great single tracks. All part of my scouting runs to work out a Tour of Sen Monorom Route

I managed to work out a great circuit which nly involves about 5km of tarmac on the Eastern side of Sen Monorom. The circuit takes in somme good hills and some awesome tracks and trails along wiith plenty of dirt roads and worked out at around 30km… Need to research a bit more to get a full off road experience……Watch this space, or maybe next time…

Dirt SIngle track on the way to Sen m\onorom Mountain (a smallish hill in fact)

Early morning classic trails - dirt tracks, super dry and hard packed iin the middle of the dry season here. all makes for great running, even down in the valley bottoms in what would normally be boggy. Great tracks that stand out especially after the annual burning of nearly everything brown that occurs here in prep for the wet season and re-growth. This is about 12km into a 17km round trip

Out on a morning run, Adidas Trail Response 20's getting a battering. Great views

So much dry hard packed soil and the trails are great. Gets really dusty late in the day in town and on the dirt roads with the traaffic but in the mornings iits so quiet out of town and the views are great from above the town. Sen Monorom Mountaiin or Sunset Hill plas Sea Forest View Point. All connected by singletrack discoveries . Everything from open trails to ones hidden below bamboo forest....


Trail Running in Sen Monorom and the elephants

Great to be back on the Elephant Valley Project and catching up with Helen.

I spent a week in Phnom Penh all told until I caught up with H and we both spent some fun time there.

Phnom Penh is a bonkers city – swamped with people during the day but at around 0500hrs one has the strets to oneself and shares the boulevards and waterfront with  many groups of Tai Chi’ers, dancers, runners, walkers, jogers, arm wavers, you name it they are upto it. Its a great time to be out and out we went plentifully , hitting the streets with some really good places t run – past the Royal Palace, and off the the national monument , crossing onto the Russian Theatre Island, its good fun before the traffic  arives in force…..We even had a couple of great bike rides, one out to a distant mound ( locally known as Udoung Mountain but is a wee bump, the fine site of ancient Phnom Penh) . Another day we crossed the Mekong river by fery and fereted about the islands and farmlands of the area, a great day out too, and good exercise, breath of fresh air away from Phnom Penh, amazing how close rural Cambodia is to the mad metropolis, and you can see the high rise constantly in the distance to remind you…

So anyway, out to Sen Monorom, mondulkiri province, way to the East in Cambodia and about 50km from the Vietnamese border, the Ho Chi Minh Trail passed through here apparently…

It is great to see everyone again out here and to see the dedication to the Elephant project, plus the guys with WCS and WWF fighting th good fight to save the forests and wildlif from the incessant onslaught of corrupt government officials and Chinese timber theiving, rubber plantations and the rest. The elephants are great and its good to be back.

I have been running plenty and working on the project in the afternoons, rediscovering tracks from last years visits and finding some really great trails that I didn’t see last time.

Its really dusty right now, everything is covered in a fine red powder, but its great. The sun shines, its the dry season, trails are in great condition, and its not quite too hot yet, probably around 34 mid afternoon, maybe a bit more….

I am working on a Tour De Sen Monorom circuit that may work out at around 40km I hope and have had some good moto trips around with Helen to scout the trails too.

Ready for another week of fun and running, working with the elephants and generally living the life in the bush…..

Photos to follow


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