Magic String Edventure - This ain't gonna be no vacation. Going deep in Asia

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    Thanks for the kind words. It really does mean a lot to me when I hear it.
    As I am wrapping up this trip and RR, I am planning my next chapter in Europe.
    Again I have some macro plans but for the most part, I am just going to wing it and let my Edventures lead my way.
    What is going to make this next trip so challenging are some of the goals I have set for myself. I will talk about those later in my upcoming RR but I am not sure if I can pull them off. But the only way to know is to jump in and try. But in this case, failing is not an option
    Its sink or swim
    Stay tuned
  2. packeteer

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    great RR mate, makes me wish I'd documented my rides better
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  3. danh600

    danh600 Long timer

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    Ed

    What is the deal on those huts? Where they made as a residence or for seasonal residence? Maybe just a place to rest during the work day? There seems to be lots of them not being used.

    Did anyone ever seem to mind you using them?

    They do seem like a really cool place to camp.
  4. flyingdutchman177

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    This is Nong Khiaw. I was here about 5 years ago
    Back then, I took a boat back to the tourist village of Maung Ngoy. I was told the only way to get there was by boat. Since that time, I found out that is not true. There is a road there as well. Of course they tell all the tourist that story to make it sound more romantic. Plus it sells boat rides back and forth. And I doubt any would want to ride in a van on the bumpy dirt roads back to the village anyway. And next to no one is traveling independently here with their own transportation like i am doing.
    I considered riding back to the village with my bike just to show off for the tourist staying there that I didnt need to take a boat to get there. I managed it by myself. And with all the hippy chicks there, I might get lucky and get my passport stamped as well.
    But I was having fun traveling and exploring the places that were off the beaten path. This trip was more about the 2 wheeled type of Edventure and not so much the 2 legged variety. So I just rode on by Muang Khiaw looking for another intimate experience with the local culture.

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  5. locopny

    locopny Been here awhile

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    D'oh...I remember that now. Wasn't implying anything back in that reply there Ed.

    Fun travels.
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  6. flyingdutchman177

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    Stopping for lunch in a real city in Laos with real food and real beer......no noodle soup today. There is actually some meat on my plate

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    Riding the dusty road along the Mekong River

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    A long boat negotiates around the rocks and motors up the Mekong River

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  7. SavannahCapt

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    Awesome update Ed. Looks like a wonderful trip.:wings
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  8. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    Pretty sure I've read them all and am caught up here now. As much as I love your taste in women & their photos in previous RR Edventures, this one is by far my favorite. You have the most courageous, incredible & consistent sense for adventure of anyone I've ever met/read, AND you have the exceptional photo/video/writing skills to tell the story of it all! Outstanding. Thank you so much for sharing!
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    Absolutely love your posts, if you come to Europe (Scotland) give me a shout for accommodation and rideouts
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  10. flyingdutchman177

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    Arriving at another toll bridge.
    On the other side, someone is waiting to collect a few thousand kip for bridge maintenance

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    I could ride thru the river. Most likely not have a problem. But why chance it? I am not riding close to home and help is a long way off if the bike goes under the water.

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  11. flyingdutchman177

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    One of my favorite parts about riding around Laos is stopping in the little villages and have some form of interaction with the people.

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    I saw these girls playing. I stopped to watch them and they just stopped what they were doing and watched me.
    I approached for a photo and they got scared and started to move away from me. The parents reassured them that it was ok.
    So I got these photos

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  12. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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    Ed check your mail tomorrow
    The epic trip -is on the never setting sun
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  13. flyingdutchman177

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    More toll bridges.

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    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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    Wheelie pics or it didn't happen!!
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    The wooden stick bridge looks more dangerous/edventurous than simply riding through the water.
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    Did you get run over by elephants?
  17. flyingdutchman177

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    The Vietnam War should have been called the SE Asian war to prevent the proliferation of Communism.
    That is because more bombs were dropped on Laos on a per capita bases than any other country in history. And it was a secret war.
    But it was no secret to the people of Laos. They didnt understand why America was trying to bomb them back into the stone age. After all, what have they done to the Americans.
    And that is what happened. The people in this area of Laos were driving back into the stone age and they were forced to live in caves for 7 years to protect themselves from the steady rain of bombs dropped by the Americans.
    They built entire underground cities, complete with schools and hospitals.
    I found this cave and spent the night there. It protected me as well, this time from something much more harmless falling from the sky - rain.

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  18. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    While nothing to the scope of Laos but some of the caves I saw in El Salvador this winter served the same purpose.
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  19. Drybones

    Drybones It's a Honda w/ DCT

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    There are different varieties of UXO that will be dug up for decades to come. You can see why small boys are at risk since they look like toys.

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  20. flyingdutchman177

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    Exactly. Hence why I took the bridge.
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