Thursday, March 10th (Phou Khoun to Vang Vieng)

  • Took our time getting ready in the morning for what could very well be our last section on the motorbikes.
  • I started the day with a workout in our room, then we headed across the street for an omelette breakfast.
  • We sipped on instant coffees while packing up then hit the road.
  • The drive was fitting for our last section ever, with perfect weather, smooth roads, and our favourite mountain section yet.  Instead of massive looming peaks we passed through many jagged cliffs with peak after peak fading into the haze.
  • Unfortunately the fun was short lived.
  • With 50 km left to go I noticed that my engine casing was wet with oil.  Praying it was nothing serious we kept pushing.  Ten km later I felt a burning spray hit my left leg and looked down to see it covered in oil.
  • We relented and pulled into the next mechanic shop.
  • It was our most expensive repair to-date.  The mechanic pulled apart the engine and worked on it for 4 hours while we watched, sweating in the mid-day heat.  Total cost: 350K Kip ($44).
  • Finally we were on our way again, trying our best to appreciate the beautiful sunset scenery despite the frustration of the setback.
  • We pulled into Vang Vieng as the light was fading and checked into Easy Go Hostel for a great dorm rate: 28K Kip ($3.51) per night.
  • Got settled then headed to Victor for dinner.  We lounged on cushioned seating while watching nonstop episodes of Family Guy on the restaurant’s TV (their hook!).  I had a delicious yellow curry and Cory had pad thai.
  • We returned to the hostel and relaxed for the rest of the night.
  • Cory went to bed early while I stayed up to do some writing.
  • A couple hours later I called it a night and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  

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