Yesterday I was determined to put in a shift on the bike. I started my assault to the Laos border around 6:00 am and packed it in after 188 km cycled. I ended up 18 km away from the Laos border spending the night in a hammock off the highway with a family of six. Everyone was sleeping in a hammock and occasionally I would wake up to a car flying by on the highway or a disgruntled pig wanting to eat.....but I was grateful for the place to rest since I was battling hills and the winds all day.
Along my travels I met the myth, the legend Heinz Stucker who has cycled over 650 000 km in his lifetime! I believe it was a rare spotting to find Heinz because he has lived most of his life off the grid....I managed to get a photo while he was ranting about his travels through Africa and through our brief conversation he had a few good stories to tell....He is from Germany and he told me that I am incredibly stupid to be pulling a trailer......but once I told him about the cause, he took back his judgements.....He autographed my bike and we shook hands....Maybe I was getting a glimpse of my future by meeting Heinz.....
This stretch of the tour had very small communities, but it was very pleasant to ride through the country side in my solo pursuit. I felt like I was riding through cottage country back home in Canada with the constant smell of wood burning through the air. The people were very chill and inviting. I ate all my meals yesterday with families since there were no places to eat. I learned how to say "eat rice" in Khmer so it went long way yesterday to ensure I had fuel to move forward.
It is a great feeling today to cross the border into Laos, but I will hold fond memories of Cambodia and my experience. They really opened their doors and I felt welcomed every single time I approached a family or handing out donations. The enthusiasm from the kids and appreciation was worth all the hard work and I am looking forward to coming back and helping out the way I know how.....
I cycled into Laos and made a stop in a place famous for having 4000 islands. I am in Don det and I brought my bike over by boat to enjoy the water,relax and get ready for my final push into Vientiane. I will be riding solo for the rest of the trip and I am 800 km away for my final destination....I am working hard and living life....I am in a happy place...进入老挝后我在一个著名景点停了一下，这个景点以4000多个岛屿著称，它就是东德岛。我带着我的自行车在船上玩了玩水，放松一下，为最后一段到万象的冲刺做准备。接下来的这段路我将独自骑行，全面还有800公里啊，加油！生活多美好！