Photo of the Week: The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did


Travel Photo of the Week: The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did

I road a scooter across this bridge at about 30kph in the rain. Now, I can’t say I really did this out of stupidity — I just had no choice. I was cruising along a dirt track on the wrong side of the Mekong in Cambodia when the trail turned left and dropped onto this.

Another driver had just passed me going the other way, so I had no hint that just beyond the bushes ahead of me the trail dropped onto the Bridge of Death. There was no time to panic-brake, no time to plan or choose the best line. There was only a moment to take a breath and curse as the bike plunged 6-8 feet down the worn, wobbly ‘bridge’.

At the bottom, instinct kicked in and I cranked the throttle to power up the far side. I stopped, caught my breath and took 4-5 photos. This is the only shot that was in focus — the others were blurred from my hands shaking.

Full story here: My Motorcycle Adventure Along the Mekong

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Frank January 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

Damn. Wes, that is probably the sketchiest crossing I can imagine taking, and in the rain no less! You must have nerves of steel, I’m used to two wheels and I probably would have ended up in the river. Great photo, cool story. Ride safe man!


Clint January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

Awesome photo, Wes. I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything like that in my life. I’d love to see you do this again but with a GoPro attached.


Erica January 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

Holy mama I think I would have had a heart attack.


Ron | Active Planet Travels January 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

Now that’s what I call intense! lol I’m glad to see that you made it to the other side…especially in the rain!


Donny January 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I would certainly be proud of making it across that death trap. The funny thing is that a local would have two or three small children clinging to their bike as well, life on two wheels is incredible! Glad to hear you made it through unscathed and more experienced for your next bump in the road.


Kiki January 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Oh my god.. That’s crazy! I’m so glad to hear you made it across. Looks like something out of Indiana Jones!


Susan Robinson January 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I wouldn’t have WALKED across that thing, much less ridden a motor scooter!


Vincent January 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Worst case scenario you get a little wet. No biggie ;-)


wes March 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

It’s a good 12′ drop to the water and odds are pretty good that the scooter will land on top of you. Not a swim I want to take ;)


Hannah@GettingStamped January 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

HOLY CRAP! I too wouldn’t even walk across that if I was stupid wasted! Congrats for making it and living to tell about it!


Maria | Acceleratedstall January 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Whoa!!! Well, you’re tag line on this is quite a statement and it’ll be difficult to “top” this adventure. :-D


Kaleena's Kaleidoscope January 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Well that’s a story for the grandkids if I ever saw one. Pretty crazy! And I thought the border crossing bridge between Costa Rica & Panama was sketchy–this makes it look like a pinnacle of safety and modern architecture. Glad you survived! ;)


Kevin - The Mad Traveler January 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Damn, if you keep pulling that kind of shite, I guess we better meet up for that beer sooner rather than later.


mike@globaltravelguide January 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

I was like! oh yeah! that’s extreme yet cool! that’s what I want every time I go for a trip!adventure and challenge in one!


Global Traveler January 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

Now that’s a bridge that’s seen better days! Glad you made to the other side okay. I wouldn’t even attempt that on foot. Great photo!


Rebecca January 18, 2013 at 4:58 am

Wow. I feel ill looking at that. Glad you survived! :-)


LG Intuition VS950 January 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

What a heart-pounding experience you had! Its like you are daredevil. I’m very sure that its one thing you can’t forget about.


Nida January 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

That sounds, and looks, hella scary!


Wil January 24, 2013 at 12:01 am

Wow. Adrenaline much? I would have been terrified.


Brandon Elijah Scott February 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Haha, nice! I don’t know if I would have tried this.


Biba February 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

oops this looks sooper scary

why did you do it?

just for the fun of it?


wes April 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

No, I just had no choice. Couldn’t see it coming.


Angela Rutherford February 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Wow! That will get your heart thumping. Mine is just from looking at that photograph! But, you obviously survived, and now you have an amazing story and a wonderful memory of the experience.


Richard Crest March 7, 2013 at 1:12 am

I think its kinda dangerous to cross on that kind bridge. Concerned sectors must do something about that to make people safe from crossing.


TrekBooking October 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Whoa! Scary bridge, bravo to you! :)