Sunday, March 6th (Luang Prabang to Phou Khoun)

  • I started the day at 8am with a quick run around the neighbourhood.
  • We packed up, checked out, and strapped our bags to our motorbikes.
  • We were about to hit the road when the guesthouse manager notified us that my bike had been leaking gas during the night.
  • Frustrated, we wheeled our bikes to the end of the alley where I had noticed a mechanic shop earlier.
  • They diagnosed the problem as a dirty carberator, and spent the next 45 minutes cleaning and refitting it.  Total cost: 60K Kip ($7.31).
  • Meanwhile, Cory had stocked us up on peanuts and water for the journey.
  •  We each had a few handfuls of peanuts for some energy, then finally hit the road.
  • The drive was another stunning mountain section in the warmth of the sun.  Several ridgeline passes provided stunning views of the mountainside falling away on either side of the road.
  • Several hours later we arrived at Phou Khoun, a small town at the intersection of two highways.
  • We checked into a guesthouse and had noodle soup for dinner across the road.
  • We wandered the market for a bit, pausing to watch a local burn the fur off of a rodent.
  • Spent the rest of the night reading, writing, and relaxing in our room before heading to bed. 
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