Day 4 Kasi to Phou Khoun
We haul to sing!
We finally accepted that these kids are too athletic for us anyways so decided to do some singing/chanting. I'm telling you, this one school had "we will rock you" down pretty good. Tons of energy, feet stomping and hands clapping. Hayes has a bit of a voice on him. We had a blast.
我们不得不承认孩子们太有感染力了，我们唱起歌来。我告诉你们，这个学校把那首“we will rock you”唱的相当不错，躲脚，拍手，活力四射啊！Hayes唱得不错，大家都很有激情。
Now getting to these children was also a blast... We only cycled about *65 kilometres today. We had some serious climbs on this trek. We had stretches of 10 - 20 km in windy roads going up hill at a steep incline. Occasionally we would be rewarded with 1 or 2 km of down hill but shortly after there would be another climb just waiting for us. Now the view was gorgeous. We were on the side of a cliff for the majority of it over looking endless amounts of vegetation. But during these up hill stretches I was not going very fast at all.
Confessions pt 1:
I'm grinding away at this mountain in 1st gear thinking to myself "I think I'm going at about walking speed right now." Then I hear some laughter. I look to my right and left and there some kids whom we gave equipment to, WALKING up this mountain beside me... Their laughing and muttering the words "sorry" and "you" to me. I try to smile but really I just want to sing the rest of "eye of a tiger" to myself and finish this climb. And then all of a sudden, I feel like I get a second wind and pick up the pace. The kids are now jogging to keep up beside me! Then I look directly behind me and I see 3 of the kids jogging and pushing my trailer up this hill...
My first instinct was to say to them:
"No my little mountain angel children of Laos. Please stop pushing me. I don't need your help, and I'm sure this isn't overly safe either! Thank you for your generous offer!
But before I could mutter those words out I start thinking the following:
- "well we are promoting exercise, nothing says exercise like a little weighted mountain run for these guys"
- this is good altitude training for them
- "this gives them a chance to work on their teamwork and camaraderie"
- " they are laughing, and if I make them stop pushing me they would probably stop laughing. Maybe they would cry. Wehaul2play doesn't want to make kids cry"
- "these kids live on these mountains, they'll have a better idea than I for when the semi trucks are coming. They can warn me!"
So the children pushed me up the mountain for about 75 metres.
I just finished reading the wehaul2play charter code of conduct rules and regulations and there are are no rules against cycling assistance. I was technically still riding my bicycle and trailer. However because of my conscience I will put an asterisk beside today's entry in my diary. I am sorry to all the people whom I've let down and disappointed.
Hayes is a machine and these climbs seem like nothing to him. He'll do a 20km climb and then be playing soccer with some kids whiles I gasp for oxygen. It's a good system we have.
Right now we are staying at a guest house at the top of a mountain. The view is incredible. We plan on waking up early and doing a big ride tomorrow so I will shut it down here.现在我们在山顶的一个客房待着，风景没的说，我们计划明天早一点出发多赶点路，今天就到这吧。
I love all of y'all
12/21/2013 08:40:31 pm
I read the paragraph you write already. Every picture are very beautiful. Children's smile should be very happiness. I love this kind of feeling. Hope you can help children more and more. Also you need pay attention on your safety. Have a nice travel!!!!!
12/23/2013 03:50:54 pm
Thanks Rocco for the encouragement...we are taking every safety measure we can when we are out on the road, but you never can be too careful. I am glad you are enjoying our travels...make sure you exercise over the break!
12/22/2013 12:52:32 am
Yes, Burt couldn't have said it better. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OWN SAFETY! Are you on par for course?
12/23/2013 03:52:30 pm
We had. Little set back due to our Vietnamese visas...but we will be back on the road tomorrow...
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