Day 9 Suong to Kratie
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!
2/15/2013 09:18:45 am
Jan and I have visited some of those stick villages. We were amazed at the enthusiasm of the children. It is obvious you are keeping your batteries charged feeding off this energy from the kids. I hope you can sustain your necessary high level of commitment until your cycle buddy returns. Having a like-minded partner sure helps to handle the bumps when things don't go smoothly.
2/15/2013 08:25:16 pm
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