Day 12 & 13 Pakse to Savannakhet
Yesterday I left Pakse and continued my way north towards Vientiane. By the time I found a place to crash I cycled 168 km and called it a day. I had lunch at the 100 km mark and passed out for an hour and was awakened by a gallery of locals who were wondering my purpose given the tank I call a bike I am riding.....
Every time I ride through a village I hear the chant of "sabaidee" from the children and at times when I stop the children starting running for their lives, not realizing I am bearing gifts....Today I rode past a school and the students were waving and greeting me hello, but as soon as I turned into the school they went into survival mode, running back into their classrooms and warning their teachers that a wild man is on the loose! Once one of the kids on lookout realized that I was here to provide gifts, they all came back out and the teachers introduced who I was and what I was doing.....Kids are hilarious and have made this trip one to remember!
At times I feel like an Asian Santa Clause and I often wonder if the kids think that this will be a yearly event when the hairy man on the bicycle returns to give them sporting goods....I would love to come back and work in a rural setting to witness growth and development for months at a time....who knows maybe one day I will start my own school....
Today was a light day and I am in Savannakhet. I have three days to make it to the capital and basically will be riding into the airport.....woooooo! I wish had more time on this adventure, but I am proud of what we have accomplished as a charity in this short time....Going to get some rest for the 400 plus km in the next few days! Big push....here we go!
2/18/2013 02:12:02 pm
Sounds like it's pedal to the metal time for you... yeehah! Here's hoping you either get a chance to shower before the plane, or at least score first class again so you can stay away from poor unsuspecting passengers. Of course the children have reason to be wary of strangers in those remote areas. It is amazing that you are able to gain some level of trust in so short a time at each stop. It is snowing in Luxu today, so brace yourself for your return.
2/18/2013 08:57:37 pm
I can't believe it is snowing back in Luxu...haha! I was hoping to cool off, but not to that degree....You are correct it is time to get serious and crush some k's....I have the signature of Heinz Stucke as a reminder to harden up if I start to slow down!
Adam and Jenny
2/20/2013 10:06:20 am
2/21/2013 08:27:55 pm
Adam and Jenny,
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