Get your motor running, Head out on the highway.

Trip Start Aug 23, 2005
Trip End Aug 2006

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Well hello, its been I while I think. It certainly feels like a while since we last talked like this. Its been a busy week. You might want to get comfy, I feel in a descriptive mood and have time to kill and free internet so I may ramble for a good while. First off we left capital city on the Thursday morning and headed darn to the south of laos, a place called ThaKhiet, (something like that) on a pretty uneventfull bus trip. We found a place to stay and sorted out motorbike for 3 days, leaving friday morning. So we were up at the crack of dawn and saddled up. Matt got given the bike with a proper clutch, me and Slizinski got clutchless ones, you just had a foot lever to change gears, easy as pie. 110cc of pure Honda power, grrr. What about helmets I ask? Stupid question. "No no, you no need helmets, ha ha" was his reply.... Wizard. So we set off, got some petrol. They drive on the right, crazy bastards! So we realised matts tyre was flat, found a place to fill it up and the tyre blew. Not a great start. I rode back and told the guy we got them off who came and paid for a new tyre. So we were off again. After about 1/2 hour Matts bike stopped dead. His petrol gauge had said full when we set off, it still said half but the tank was empty. So he set off on my bike to find the next village and returned with a plastic bag full of petrol. It was in a plastic coke bottle but when the seller realised it was to take away, he couldnt face losing a bottle, hence the bag. So we filled and headed on.
After about an hour we saw a sign for a cave so we turned down i but had to drive through a little stream, my bike cutting out as we did so. Took me 10 minutes to get the beast purring nicely again too! Saw the cave, just a cave really, not much different to previous caves I have visited.
Heading on again, we stopped for dinner. Noone speaks any english so we had a few phrases in the back of our book. We ordered noodle soup in this little shack but it contained some sort of unknown meat. It either looked or tasted like anything we'd ever eaten, so we tried to eat around it. It might well have been dog, cat or rat, which they eat a lot of. But I do hope to god it was goat, this is what I tried to convince myself. So we drove and drove, our map was a waste of time but there was only one road anyway, nowhere to turn. Just kept driving. Eventually we flagged down a fancy car and Slizinski talked to the driver who actually spoke good english, told us where we could find a place to stay and invited us to his house for breakfast on Monday morning if we were still around?!! As it turned out we didnt go. So we found a guesthouse which was real nice. Absolute middle of nowhere, everything was run on a generator and our room was just a wooden shack. It was a family run place so they made us chicken soup for tea, the same as they had. No menu or anything, and we had to wait till they were hungry till they cooked tea. Then they put on a bollywood dvd so we watched it for a bit but it was awful so we headed off for an early night. The first day we covered about 120km, which wasnt bad. Second morning we were up early, skipped breakfast and set off again, absolutley filthy still from the previous days riding. We knew where we were heading so set off over a big bridge an drove north. We had read the road for bad for about 60km, but we never expected it to be that bad. It was awful, proper awful. It was like offroad driving over rubble. It realy was that bad. It ended up taking 3 hours to get 60km, and suprisingly noone fell off!! Bonus. So we reached the town we wanted, found a resteraunt and ordered fried chicken and rice. Shortly after placing our order we turned around to see some people crowded round the freezer, passing something about. What the hells that? we thought. After getting a gander at it we thought it was a frozen monkey but then we realised it was a frozen cat! I think there was 2 of them but thank god they put them back and didnt cart them to the kitchen. The dinner tasted pretty chicken like but it still puts you off your dinner. So this is when a dilema hits us. Between the 3 of us, I have 15 cents, Matt has about $6 and Slizinski about $15. Shit, this is not enough money to survive in the iddle of nowhere. Theres no ATM's in Laos, you need dollars or cheques to change and me and Matt had neither and the bank was closed anyway. So without many option we decided to change plans and head back that day. Now this is a mammoth trip, we'd done 60km already and it took us 3 hours. It was diner time and it was 200km back. This was now a real road trip. So we left about 12.30, the roads were good though, nearly like real roads. So we floored those little bikes, riding side by side easy rider style, cool wind in our hair. We rode and rode and rode and rode. The pain in may arse was actual real physical pain, not just sore, im talking pain. But after about 5 hours we made it, just before the sun set on Loa and our road adventure. The guy said noone had done it in 2 days before, so we sat a new benchmark and wrote it in the guestbook, challenging anyone to beat our time. We were absolutley filthy aswell, just brown from head to toa cause of all the dust, we looked like proper greasers. Photos will follow soon. So that was our road adventure. Read the next entry and it'll carry on (suprisingly) as we are now in NAM! And that ladies and gentlemen, is a story in its self.
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