Laos to Cambodia following the Mekong ---- some pics

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lostlobos, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. lostlobos

    lostlobos Adventurer

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    Started off well in Ventiane Laos with sunny weather
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    Roads were reasonbly good near the big towns Ride was pleasent with nice scenery
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    Followed the Mekong south along the back roads threading through the villages Then the rain came :eek1 One of many river crossings that the Mekong river system presented us with
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    Look passable but didn't want to risk drowning the bike (and rider) so far away from home
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    The next flooded section looks too deep to cross definitely not putting my bike on that flimsy boat
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    One boat too unstable Solution = tie two boats together with bamboo

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    It was getting dark and contraption still untested. But we KTM riders are smart we let the HONDA go first
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  2. EMrider

    EMrider Been here awhile

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    Great start! :clap Keep it coming.
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  3. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Keep at it and keep the pix coming.....lots please.....

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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Very nice! Where are you from? Please fill out your profile!

    Keep the pics coming! :lurk
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  5. Meathead

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    Sweet! Great work with the Honda guy! :lol3

    There's a pic around here somewhere of Lone Rider's GS in a spooky little boat like that - somewhere in Mexico, I believe. You guys have more faith than I. :uhoh
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  6. Zerodog

    Zerodog Long timer

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    Holy crap! this looks good. Those are some big water crossings! Lets see some more pics!
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  7. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Whoa. Exotic bike in an exotic location. :lurk
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  8. Flaco

    Flaco Zombie Holocaust

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    Cool bike.

    Cool photos.

    Flaco
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  9. Chadleys1

    Chadleys1 working on it

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    Wow man, great start!
    I love the bike.
    It is so cool for us from other countries to see the foreign landscape and scenery, just the strange (to me) building in the first photo had me spellbound for a minute.
    Keep it up!!
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  10. lostlobos

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    Don't really like night river crossing especially when one is tired and the river is deep and swift. The bikes feels heavier by the minute. But glad I was riding the Super Enduro rather than the Adventure. The Adventure sure feels a lot more than 20 kilos heavier.

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    Another picture of the Adventure being manhandle on to the boat. All the while we were hoping the bamboo would hold together. This crossing cost us US5 per bike but the experience was priceless.

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    We have been following an imaginary line on the GPS since 8 am this morning. Where it would lead us we don't really care now. We need food and nearest Burger King is 5000 kms away. This ain't fine dining but just as good. A typical rest stop for us. Those red bottles on the right are gasoline.

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    These people have very little but they are so willing to share makes me feel so blessed

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  11. 65bmwr50

    65bmwr50 Been here awhile

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    These reports are taking me places that I probably will never get to go.:cry But man I am having fun reading them!:rofl

    PS, my productivity certainly has dropped as of late.
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  12. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Hello, FRONT PAGE! :clap :clap
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  13. SNOBDOC

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    Wow, I am stuck :huh Who knows, maybe we will get there for riding, give me your local company address pls...
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  14. lostlobos

    lostlobos Adventurer

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    Hi Snobdoc we are not a tour company just a group of old bikers going out and having fun while we still can. But if you or any friends here want to ride in this part of the woods pls PM me if you need some local knowledge
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  15. lostlobos

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    Finally made it out to the nearest town for the night. The friendly hotel owner allowed us to park in the lobby pretty nice of him. Can you imagine going to your HOLIDAY INN and say "" Hmmm Mind if I park 5 bikes in your lobby ? ""


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    All ready to head towards the Laos - Cambodian checkpoint still following the Mekong river despite advise to follow the main road. After all this time of year is the middle of the raining season. This must be the smallest International checkpoint I have seen in a while. Definitely no X-ray scanners and metal detectors security check here.:D

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    Another view of the check point at least the officers were friendly and helpful
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    Hurray we are in Cambodia :lol3
    Cambodia is a relatively flat country and when the river overflows it does so spectacularly. I now know why the houses here are built on stilts. We get small flooded patches that can be ridden across like this -

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    To flooding on a large scale like this. There is a road somewhere down there If we come back during the dry season we can just ride through.

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    The roads are flooded in so many sections that the flat top boats are there to connect the dry parts. Each time you have to pay US 1 per bike pretty expensive considering this - Ride 10 kms and its boat time ride another few kms boat time , you get the idea
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    Finally made it to Phnom Penh for some R and R for a couple of days and give thanks at the local temple

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    and then to follow the Tonle Sap river to Angkor Wat and beyond.

    But then that's another river and another adventure .

    Thanks for coming along.

    Happy Riding
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  16. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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    +1 on the front page :thumb
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  17. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    maybe next time take a jet-ski!!!!!!!!!
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  18. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Please keep the pics & report coming. :thumb
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  19. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Excellent! Thanks for sharing :thumb
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  20. Popey

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    :clap :clap :lurk
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