The Great Southern Lao Bike Adventure - Part 2!
Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
88Trip End Nov 26, 2008
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Day four, we left Nick, Lisa and Sean they went to look at an old bomb, we took the road back to Paksong. We wanted to take it slowly as the ride was supposed to be amazing. We weren't dissapointed. After about 40km of tarmac we stopped and picked up some dried meat, sticky rice and boiled eggs and took the dirt road up onto the Bolaven Plateau. It was beautiful, up onto the top of the mountains the view showed that the jungle just rolled on and on. We stopped at a waterfall for lunch - the meat was lovely (no adverse effects as well - bonus!!) and stopped again at another waterfall - supposed to be Laos highest but it wasnt as impressive as Tat Fan. It was boiling hot at this point and we stopped at a final waterfall - not very impressive but I have to mention the boy who came to take entrance money off us. he can't of been more than 10 years old and was sucking on a cheroot - I'm sure there was more than tabacco in it because he looked like he was off his head! he was in such a daze but smiled when we showed him the picture of himself - he actually looks quite normal in the photo. Don't know if you can make out the MASSIVE cut he has on his knee. We had seen 3 people in the last 3 hours and got on top of the Plateau to find little villages and a welcome cool breeze. This quickly got colder and less welcoming as the rain started. it was only drizzle but on the bike it was horrid! We began praying for tarmac as the dirt roads turned to mud
Today we rode back to Pakse, it was only 50km but the rain started as we finished up our breakfast of noodle soup. Luckily it stopped pretty quickly and the ride back was pretty pain free. We have been planning the rest of our Lao trip this afternoon....we are running out of time! Need to be in Bangkok to meet Becky, my brother Chris and now Sarah on 23 March. So much to do! More bikes, more waterfalls, tubing and the gibbon experience yet!! Moving to Central Lao tomorrow morning.