Day of Motorbiking round Van Vieng Karsks
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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We hired a couple of bikes and set off on what the Lonely Planet suggested was it's West Vang Vieng Loop. The road was, rough, muddy, stony, full of holes and gullys and was generally a difficult and tiring ride. We also had to cross a couple of streams, really! It also rained most of the day, but riding along right up with the limestone karsks and next to the paddy fields was really pretty.
We kept going further and further west driving on ever more difficult roads, with more and more full on streams to cross, rarely leaving second gear and running out of fuel. At 4pm I made the decision to turn back as there was still along way to go and we didn't know what else lay in store, or how long it would take
On the way back, whilst it was raining again we came across a big muddy puddle. I approached it wrong and started down the left hand side next to the grassy verge and stopped. The bike started to overbalance to the left and I went to put my foot out. Unfortunately, my foot got stuck on a bit of bamboo, and so I couldn't put it out, the bike kept going over, and so did I, landing heavily on my left arm which did something to my shoulder which sounded like a crack.
I lay there, not moving because my shoulder was really hurting, the bike lay on top of me, still on, leaking petrol and lying on my leg. I waited for what normally happens which is everyone else leaps off and rescues me. I waited quite a few moments in fact. It seemed ages before Angela got to me and I asked her to pick up the bike and turn it off before I could decide if I'd done something serious to my shoulder or not. Once the bike was off me, I moved pretty slowly, and realised I hadn't done anything awful so picked myself up, covered in mud, holding my arm. A couple of other people had stopped which was nice and helped me.
I got back on the bike and tried to put it into gear. Nope...not happening. The bike was broken! A local guy had also stopped and helped move the bike onto a less muddy bit of the verge and started looking at the bike to see what was wrong
We returned the bikes and found Jane and Paul for dinner at the Elephant Crossing Restaurant where comedy moment....
Waiter: "Would you like peanuts or cashews?"
Waiter: "We don't have cashews"
Us: "Um, I'll have peanuts then, why did you give us a choice!"
It was a very tasty meal and the sunset was an amazing selection of pinks, blues, yellows and reds.
Best: Getting back to a hot shower and dry clothes
Worst: Falling over on the bike and hurting myself
Beautiful: All the scenery that day and the sunset