Traffic's not too bad and we get out of Vientiane without incident.
The road to Van Vieng is in much worse shape than when I rode it a couple of years ago. Many sections of dirt, some hard packed, some freshly dumped and being graded. I'm glad I took the Versys instead of the GSXR. I can imagine it isn't much fun on Rob's FZ1.
Rob and I rode ahead of Brian and Tim.
We stopped on the Lao-Japan bridge to enjoy the scenery and wait for Tim and Brian to catch up-
What a view!
Here's Brian, Tim wasn't too far behind-
Tim's rented CRF250L was brand new and was getting terrible mileage, probably on account of the still-tight engine. He needed to stop for fuel a lot sooner than expected-
An example of the kind of road conditions we encountered along the way-
At least it was dry!
Still, we made good time and reached Van Vieng around 11 where we gassed up and stopped for lunch.
Welcome to Van Vieng, Laos!
Tim was still moving a bit slow and somehow we managed to lose him in Van Vieng. It's such a small town we thought he'd find us, but we didn't see him again until that evening in Luang Prabang. Sorry we lost you Tim!