Back on the road!
Yesterday we took a day off in Luang Prabang to explore the city and venture off to check out the Kuang si waterfalls outside of Luang Prabang...which was stunning. The city of Luang Prabang is beautiful...surrounded by temples, traditonal Laos and European architecture. The cuisine here is fantastic...A normal dinner for the big guy and myself usually consists of a five course meal so we can haul the equipment with no problems...In Prabang we received a shipment of 280 pieces of equipment, but we need them shipped to various parts of the country so we can refill our trailers along the way...which has presented some challenges due to the language barrier...However, our pit crew in Vientiane and Prabang have done their best to get us the equipment and keep the charity drive running!
We were on the road by 10:00 am and I told Cyril the riding today would be mostly flat which I found out from one of the locals...but of course that wasn't the case....Cyril doesn't believe anything anyone has to say about the upcoming terrain and prepares himself mentally for the worst...Today the nightmares of the Kasi climb were appearing at times, but after conquering those hills from Vang Vieng to Prabang...nothing really can compare. We have been meeting many cyclists and today we met a couple from China and a gentlemen from France who is cycling across the world...We have been sleeping at Guesthouses along the way, but Cyril and I are no longer sharing a room because the snoring that takes place from the big man sounds like a V 8 engine is revving at 10000 rpm...Vanessa thank you for the warning...
School was out today and we gave out tons of equipment from Prabang to Pho Kun. The kids are always a little uncertain why we stop and then they see us take out a Takraw ball or volleyball and it goes viral on twitter that two men are bearing gifts...When I say twitter, I mean village tribal call to summon the masses.....These kids have such great energy and it's unbelievable that we can provide them with something so simple that brings them so much joy...
We cycled 110 km today and we are now at the furthest point north of our tour in Laos. We will be heading east towards the Vietnam border and we are deep in the country side...We handed out 270 pieces of equipment thus far and we are refilling the trailers this afternoon in a town called Muang Noy...We still have many places to go and children to meet...Wish us luck...