Day 8 & 9 Viang Pham to Viang Thom
Yesterday we had a late start...and given the upcoming hills and kids to meet...we weren't going to cover much ground. We made a stop right away at a primary and secondary school which drew quite the audience...Cyril found himself in the middle of this large crowd and it was his cue to perform on this grand stage....We donated quite a few balls given the size of the school and I believe the kids were expecting him to execute a backflip or break dance routine...but what they got was Cyril's charisma, similar to Ray Lewis pumping up his team before the game...
Once we left the school we made our pursuit towards our next destination Viang Thom. We were told by the teachers of the previous school that it was 60 km away, but it turned out to be 130 km and mostly hills...The riding through the villages has been stunning, but food has been difficult to find during this stretch...Cycling along these hills requires lots of fuel and after 50 km we found a little restaurant that served us rice and soup. We were told the next town is 70 km away...so we decided to stay in the village nearby which had a guesthouse one km away and the people here were incredible....
The owner of the guesthouse did everything in his power to make us feel at home...Food was difficult to find, but his wife which we called "Mama" gave us everything we needed to cook and get ready for the hills for the following day...we went into survival mode...There is no electricity in the village, but some families have generators to muster up a couple hours of power each night...In these parts of northern Laos textile shops are very common and the clothing is beautiful, especially given the amount effort it takes to create by hand...I enjoyed a tradition shower with buckets of water to get myself clean...I was surrounded by chickens, ducks and an old man....which was awkward...but I felt refreshed and enjoyed a fire with Cyril before heading to bed.
Today we woke up at 5:00 am and started cycling right away. At the next town our next shipment of equipment was arriving and there were few villages along the way...We survived the ride with peanuts and hard boiled eggs which were prepared from the night before...I have been having stomach issues for the past five days and have been only able to eat small amounts which has been challenging at times given the terrain...but if it's not bike problems or injuries something is bound to happen that will present obstacles and this is just another one of these moments...
Once we arrived to Viang Thom we headed straight to the bus station unsure if the equipment has arrived and sure enough it was right there. We put our faith with a gentlemen in Pak Mong to get the quipment shipped and we have been lucky to find such good people along the way....
我们一到 Viang Thom就直奔汽车站去确认装备是不是到了，谢天谢地，装备就在那搁着呢。我们在Pak Mong找到一个值得信赖的先生，请他把准备运到这里，我们很幸运，沿途都能碰到这样的好心人。
Today was Cyril's last day on the tour has he heads to Hong Kong to meet his lady. His energy and compassion was felt and enjoyed by many...and during his time through these hills he gave it his heart to push through all the elements to provide kids with laughter and something they can enjoy...Thanks for all your hard work my man...and you will be missed especially now that the trailer load has doubled on my part...haha...Being from Manitoba where hills don't exist...he proved all it takes to succeed is the right attitude and the ability to work together..Your legend out here will be remembered...and it was an absolute pleasure to take on this journey with you....couldn't of asked for a better teammate, but when it comes to football we will always be on opposite sides of the line...haha.
Tianyi Alex Wang
12/27/2013 09:58:25 pm
It is just a privilege to read about ur journey during my own trip. It is always charming; i will keep follow ur journey.
12/31/2013 09:02:01 am
Thanks Alex! Happy New Year and keep on working hard my man!.
Judy and Vic
12/27/2013 10:58:59 pm
Hi Paul and Cyril, sounds just amazing. What a gift to yourselves and the people and kids . A big hug from chilly Montreal.
12/28/2013 08:53:55 am
12/28/2013 11:50:04 am
I can tell from the photos that those kids are so happy when they receive sport equipments from you and Mr. Indome. Have fun!
12/29/2013 01:23:06 pm
Tomorrow is New years eve. So Happy New year, Mr Hayes. Hope you have a pleasant time in Laos and Vietnam. I can see from the photos that you and Mr. Indome are perfect partners. See you in Sino.
1/2/2014 12:07:33 pm
Through these deeds, I can see the purpose of your journey. I am very admire you. I think everybody can find their own value of life. I hope you enjoy your journey.
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