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Gooooood Morning Laos!!!!!!!!

Upon entry into sunny Laos.

Laos was much more rural than Vietnam. It was almost a 100kms before I even hit tarred roads. The best part of driving is when you get to follow along a river.

In Laos they have fun bridges that you have to cross.

They also have a lot of no bridge areas where you had to blast across the rivers. I am still getting my river crossings down and had a mishap when the water was deep enough to cover the exhaust which caused the rpms to drop which caused me to stall out in the middle. No harm though as the water is not freezing. Cleaned out the insides of my boots too.

This is where I got wet. They usually have a little bamboo bridge which you pay a toll, but for some reason this one was closed (they put a piece of wood across it). I just wasn’t sure of bridge etiquette and whether or not it is okay to use the bridge. Next time the wood is coming off.

This part sucked as I finally made it to the first town and it was located across the river. They had a big ferry but it was only used for buses.

I ended up using one of these little boats to cross. One of my original thoughts was to possibly buy a little boat and cruise down the Mekong with Sasha in tow. After this little river crossing where you have to sit on the bike as you cross, I scratched that idea. I used those skinny skid boats in Ethiopia and it was scary as hell as they are very unstable. With the bike and my stuff making it top heavy was nerve wracking for the two minute crossing.

The first town of Muang Khua. It was a fairly rough village like border town where it was mixed border town and tourist area. Since there is minimal transport the sixty or so kilometers to the border everybody gets stuck at this town. The guesthouses are fairly rustic and by the time I got there mostly full so I ended up staying in a little thatched room place with cold shower. It was a major drop in comfort level from Vietnam. I did meet a bicyclist (Daniel?) from Singapore who was heading to Vietnam so it was good to be able to exchange information.

The town of Muang Khua.

The road turned to nice tarred highway just as soon as you leave the town. It followed the Nam Ou River pretty much the whole way. It was a perfect clear blue sky day, the road was flat and curvy, and I even took time to make a few lunch breaks on the way watching the day go by. Probably one of my best biking experiences yet. Oh yea, no traffic.

A crazy locals bridge. Very ingenious.


Fish wranglers.

Lunch. Nah just kidding, well sort of. On the food side, I did get to sample a couple of the mainstream exotic foods in Vietnam. One was dog. I basically had dog pho in Bac Ha at the market. Really not a big deal as there are dog restaurants all over the place. I should have went to a nicer restaurant rather than a cheap stall at the market because the soup itself wasn’t spiced and they didn’t have any stuff to spice it up. The meat was sliced and layed on top. It also was pretty much bland. The only kind of shocking thing is not the eating, but seeing a skinned dog hanging on a chain waiting to be sliced up. That kind of throws you off a bit. Not a lot of fat on dogs so definitely not going to overcome my pig fat as my favorite meat. The other exotic was the duck embryo. I ate a couple in Sapa at my bbq place. The first time I got what I expected which was boiled eggs. The next time I went I ate my usual meal but was still feeling hungry so I figured I would have a couple of boiled eggs as a night cap. She brought these eggs over in a little bowl. As soon as I cracked it open I knew what I had gotten as a bunch of gray fluid gushed out and after unpeeling the shell you could see the semi-formed chick. I am not squeemish so I went right to work eating it. The best that I can describe it flavor wise is that it is like condensed and strong yolk flavor with a sort of hint of meat to it. The texture is dependent on where you bite into it. Since it is quite lumpy dependent on the body part, some of it is gushy and others is like dried out meat. It’s not bad, its like eating yolk and dried out chicken meat. I had it a second time at a meat stall in Laos when the same thing occurred. It’s not bad but I don’t like the texture especially when I am craving a standard boiled egg and have to slurp down this chick embryo. Salt and pepper helps a lot.

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5 responses to “Gooooood Morning Laos!!!!!!!!”

  1. dave says:

    Hm, seems my last comment didn’t post, but anyway.

    Not daniel, but close enough, haha..

    Hotel report:
    Day1 & 2: Installing cable in 2 months
    Day 3: No TV, no toliet, 8 dollars, bloody outrageous.
    Day 4: Paid 50k, got a corresponding shithole
    Day 5: Viet Channels only
    Day 6 & 7 (Sapa): TV made sounds like a popcorn machine, Viet channels only. 80k
    Day 8: Slept on train, hard seat, developed ass cramps that may result in permanent disability.
    Day 9 & 10 (Hanoi): Slept in dorm
    Day 11: Cable TV! Woooo… Watched friends.

    I’m in Dali now, a train ride away from Kunming. My bike’s there, and will soon carry me east to Guilin.

  2. snw2srf2stt says:

    Hey Dave (I’m sure you told me Daniel),

    You gotta work on your tv technique. I rank it up there with finding food. Actually the tv thing has been rough coming down Laos. I think it will be Cambodia before I hit Friends.

    So what was the weather climbing to Sapa? Don’t tell me it was sunny and hot.

    Good luck in China. Get off the train and start peddling. It is not like China is massive or anything. You should be able to do from south to north in what three years.


  3. dave says:

    Yeah, China’s great because there’s always TV, AND I can understand Chinese. So it’s 30 channels, with 15 broadcasting old Commie movies (Yay, we defeated the KMT). Once in a while, there’s a English movie–Moulin Rouge on Saturday. I think it’s dubbed, ah, the horrors. At least it’s not the Vietnamese one-person for everyone version.

    Weather was wet. Not windy, thank god. Not that cold either–I think I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. But once into sapa, out came the puffy motorcycling jacket I bought in dien bien. I had a clearish day in Sapa, and could actually see the rice fields down below.

    I’ve started from Kunming again, and have just left Guiyang yesterday. Man, I am having Sapaish weather here–cold, wet and misty. Been going on for a week; I’ve gotta learn some Miaoish (or whatever minority inhabits this part of dirt) sun-dances.

    I found a phone by the road once. No colour, and with a pin code. On the climb up to Sapa, incidentally.

  4. US Woman says:

    It is messed up the stuff they eat in Laos!!!!!!!!!

  5. David says:

    Oh, wow, I just stumbled onto this again. Great times. Luckily China didn’t take me 3 years or I’ll still be there. 🙂

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