I was on the road today by 6:00 am and waved goodbye to Suong......My push towards the north is a work in progress given the state of the winds. The winds are coming from the north similar to my Vietnam tour, but the landscapes I was riding through made the winds an afterthought.
Today I started riding along the beaten track to get to Kratie. I was riding up and down hills all day and frequently getting views of the mighty Mekong. There were many small villages in which I paid a visit to greet the children.
I met these kids right before they were going to school. I just hope they actually attended class and didn't stick around and play....
I also made a stop at a school and witnessed the most chaotic soccer game I have ever seen....and I had no way of controlling the kids....The girls were passing the volleyball around on the sidelines, while the boys ran around like a bunch of Neanderthals.....I just slowly rode off and waved goodbye and watched the madness of play take place....
I met this gentlemen on the road and we compared biceps....He had his own mobile business and he was a kind soul. He was challenged and was very happy to see me. I could tell he loved my rig and in his own way was cheering me on....
I met these farmers on the road and gave them a volleyball to hit around after work....
I am now in Kratie and the total amount of kilometers cycled this trip has been 1100 km. I am going to make a mad push to the border of Laos tomorrow which is over 200 km. I am not going to make any guarantees, just going to go hard and see what happens....I just got a new load of equipment and I am excited to hit Laos. Jeans will be re-engaging at the border and getting back on the horse....Big day tomorrow!