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... ve been able to Skype with family from our hotel room at the Mekong Hotel in Vientiane, Laos, which has been lovely, makes me homesick though. Mum hasn’t been too well lately, so we try to keep in touch as much as we can. Skype is great because you can see each other. We’ve enjoyed seeing our beautiful grandchildren, and what they’ve been up to, oh and their wonderful, caring parents are great to see too, of course.
OK, another quick word to Dick and others regarding the lack of pictures in the blog. I'm sure I've said this before but I'll say it one more time. We do not have brilliant technology with us. Our IPad is first generation and doesn't take pictures, doesn't have Flash, and therefore we can only upload pictures direct from the camera to a PC. This is SE Asia. Although free wifi is everywhere it has limited and varying speeds and Internet cafes are fast becoming a thing of the past due ...
... in Laos":
1. hitchhiking is uncommon in Laos.
2. Waving you thumb up in the air at a Laotion is considered very rude. whoops.
Although we have now seen many caves on our trip, Konglor was different again. You sit on a boat and are driven ridiculasly fast through a pitch black cave river system with only head tortches to light the way. Also with this being the dry season the boat was scraping along the river bed in places and we had to help the ...
... very well and was excited to tell us all about his hometown in Tottori, Japan. He even took out his iPad to show us pictures of how beautiful his town was and sought to alter our future travel plans to visit this tiny Japanese town. His enthusiasm was an eye opening experience of how it must be when I tell people about Colorado, and gently try to explain why it is probably the greatest place on the planet. At the end of our ride he even asked us to pose for a picture ...
We bussed it out of the busy city and started riding on a road that is more pot holes than road. Really terrible considering it is the main road out of Vientiane. The bikes that we have are very ordinary. One of the team got a flat in the first 5 kms so I was able to also adjust my gears that were jumping all over the place. The brakes needed tweaking also. Today was a short 80 km ...