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Published: December 28th 2012
The Bikes Fully Loaded!!!Chiang Rai (Thailand) to Luang Prabang (Laos): 20 Dec - 27th Dec
The bikes fully loaded weigh about 80Kg in total.... phew!!!!
Our vision (as many of you know) was to cycle from Bhutan (where we were), to Australia (where Mel's bro Martin is).
But there were a few problems...
1. It seemed like an awfully long way.
2. Crossing into Burma by land is not possible (legally).
3. Avoiding Burma, we'd have had to go over mountain passes into Tibet, in the middle of winter, which would be closed because of the weather (brrrrr).
So... we made a new and improved vision. This new vision cuts out the tricky bits above, and has seen us set off from Northern Thailand. With this vision in mind, to head South on our Southerly bike ride, we spent the first 4 days cycling Northwards. In brief:
Thailand: A pleasant warm-up to tough cycling to come. Route took us between towns whose names we don't know (because we can't read Thai), to other towns whose names we don't know (because we can't read Thai.)
Laos: THE MOST AMAZING CYCLING (if rather hilly)! Andy has had many near accidents because he's been oooing and aaaring the scenery.
Mel has had many near accidents because the road through rural Laos villages is over-populated by babies, piglets, chicks and puppies. Each sighting requires a "Andy, Andy, Andy... look at the reeeeeaaally sweet little..." Key Stats:
Distance covered in this stage: 520.77km
Distance covered so far (since 20 Dec): 520.77km
Biggest one-day distance during this stage: 116.59km
Maximum speed: 62.7 km/hr
Hours in saddle in this stage: 30 hours 28 minutes
Total Hours in saddle (since 20 Dec) : 30 hours 28 minutes
n.b. You should all definitely definitely make a trip to Laos, and especially Luang Prabang, for a family holiday! We see lots of young families here with their kids, everyone is super friendly, there is heaps to do, and food is exquisite - an easy-going intro to Asia!
Tot: 0.469s; Tpl: 0.036s; cc: 13; qc: 32; dbt: 0.0261s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb