Trip Summary

Average daily food and drink costs: USD 10 approx.
Average daily accommodation costs: USD 21 approx.

Total distance: 1502.1 km
Average daily distance: 79.1 km
Average speed: 18.4 km/h

Riding day Date Leg Distance (km) Riding time (h:mm) Average speed (km/h) Terrain Weather
See note below re temperatures
1 5-Dec-12 Bangkok-Bang Saen 102.0 5:29 18.7 Flat Dry
30.0–41.0 °C
2 6-Dec Bang Saen-Jomtien 57.3 3:02 18.8 Flat Dry
32.0–39.0 °C
3 7-Dec Jomtien-Ban Phe 90.3 4:38 19.4 Flat Dry
30.0–42.0 °C
4 8-Dec Ban Phe-Chanthaburi 97.1 4:58 19.5 Flat Dry
30.0–44.0 °C
5 10-Dec Chanthaburi-Pailin 97.1 5:38 17.2 Undulating Dry
25.0–41.0 °C
6 11-Dec Pailin-Battambang 91.0  4:50 18.8 Undulating initially, then flat Dry
22.0–40.0 °C
7 12-Dec Siem Reap boat jetty-Siem Reap 12.3 0:44 16.7 Flat Dry
30.0–34.0 °C
8 16-Dec Siem Reap-Kampong Kdei 64.8 3:32 18.3 Flat Dry
28.0–42.0 °C
9 17-Dec Kampong Kdei-Kampong Thom 88.0 5:13 16.8 Flat Dry
25.0–41.0 °C
10 18-Dec Kampong Thom-Skun 91.5 4:55 18.6 Flat Dry
25.0–41.0 °C
11 19-Dec Skun-Phnom Penh 76.8 4:14 18.1 Flat Dry
25.0–40.0 °C
12 22-Dec Phnom Penh-Takeo 79.5 4:14 18.7 Flat Dry
25.0–38.0 °C
13 23-Dec Takeo-Kampot 87.0 4:26 19.6 Flat Dry
24.0–40.0 °C
14 26-Dec Kampot-Kep 24.3 1:34 15.4 Flat Dry
28.0–38.0 °C
15 29-Dec Kep-Ha Tien 44.1 2:59 14.8 Flat Dry
30.0–42.0 °C
16 30-Dec Ha Tien-Rach Gia 94.4 5:39 16.7 Flat Dry
27.0–37.0 °C
17 31-Dec Rach Gia-Can Tho 122.0 6:56 17.5 Flat Dry
26.0–38.0 °C
18 4-Jan-13 Can Tho-My Tho 109.0 5:37 19.3 Flat Dry
26.0–38.0 °C
19 5-Jan My Tho-Saigon 73.6 3:52 19.0 Flat Dry
23.0–35.0 °C

Note re temperatures I was a bit surprised to see the Garmin temperature readings when I downloaded them at the end of the trip. They were a bit higher than I expected in most cases. The Edge 500 shows ambient temperature – see information from Garmin knowledge base below – so knowing that makes it easier to understand why its readings might be higher than ‘official’ temperatures. Regardless, I think the recorded temperatures were a good guide to relative temperatures over the trip. It was very hot riding from the middle of the day until late afternoon, by the Australian (Melbourne) standards I’m used to (often low- to mid-30s in summer – that’s deg C – sometimes higher). Without the Garmin, I would have estimated many of the days to be well into the 30s, in some cases high 30s i.e. over 100 deg F. Early mornings were fabulous though – mild temperatures, great riding.

How does my Edge 810, 800, 510 or 500 determine temperature and what external factors affect the reading?
The Edge 810, 800, 510 and 500 use an internal temperature sensor to provide temperature data. Many external factors can impact the temperature reading provided by the internal sensor. These external factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Sun
  • Wind
  • Hot pavement
  • Palm of user’s hand
  • Heat from the battery during charging

The temperature reading displayed is considered to be ambient temperature. This means that external factors will be considered by the temperature sensor, as outlined above, when reporting a temperature.
Temperature may vary a great deal from air temperature, but it is a more realistic reading regarding external factors that may impact you physically during an activity.

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