Today I left Don Det which is a small island off of the mainland. I also said goodbye to my bungalow facing the west side of the island and jumped back on a boat to get back on the road! It was nice to have a few shakes, swim and sleep in a hammock....but I can only sit still for short period, until I feel the need to start moving once again.....This trait has been a downfall with some relationships in the past....
There were many kids hanging out near the highway chasing after me today wanting to say hi and it was fitting to give them a ball...Afterwards, I would watch them run to the closet field and start kicking around the ball....We are not reaching out to every single kid, but we are doing our best as a charity to help out where we can..
There are many small villages in Laos similar to Cambodia in which people are living at the poverty line.... I gave a boy a ball who lives in the house you see above...I saw him playing behind barb wire fence and I threw him a ball from the highway......
The kids I have been meeting have been sporting sling shots and at times seeking mischief to pass the time... When I was younger I was no saint....basically I was trouble, but I had my interests to stray away from my mischievous behavior at times! It was nice to give out some equipment to these kids so hopefully they will get involved with something more constructive than smashing bottles or shooting rocks at one another....
The landscape is changing and I am starting to cycle through very lush areas. My legs are being put to the test with the continuous hills I am starting to encounter..... but you will be eventually rewarded and today I had a beautiful 10 km descend into the town of Pakse. Today I cycled 150 km and made many stops. The energy from the children really keeps me motivated and the thought of crushing a mango shake at the next town always ads an extra push! My spirits are high and I am truly loving the ride...Big day tomorrow and I have no idea where I will end up....I will just work hard and see where the day takes me....By the way I googled Heinz Stucke and the Guinness Book of records stated that he has traveled by bicycle more than anyone in the world! Check out this link to find out more about Heinz!