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To Pai and Back, the Long Way

Posted by on November 24th, 2011 in Asia, Photos, Thailand | 9 comments

Our group with bikes for the first part of the trip If a road trip includes at least one crashed bike, betting on some local fights, face drawn up as a cat with bright red marker and a night spent in a town you don’t even know the name of; then you know it’s been a good road trip. One early morning in Chiang Mai, as the city was still waking up (alright, alright, at 10am, so the town had probably already been wake for about four hours); we walked over to the bike rental shop to get us some motorbikes. Or scooters, as a certain girl was keen to point out to me later; something to do with the size of the engine or something like that. I don’t know, it has two wheels and a motor,  aka....

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Stupid or Lucky, Making It Through the Bolaven Plateau on a Motorbike

Posted by on October 20th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 20 comments

I was despairing, the road was just a mud field with rocks, it was raining and the last 5km had taken me almost two hours. And now I had reached an uphill that my motorbike just couldn’t handle. It was like ice with the mud and the rain, my rear wheel just kept spinning and the bike kept sliding backwards. I hadn’t seen another vehicle for ages; I was out of water and food. And at this rate I wouldn’t make it to the next town before sunset. I couldn’t get any grip on the bike from the road, so I was forced to push it up the hill while revving the engine constantly. It was exhausting and by the time I got to the top I was completely soaked with sweat under my rain coat. I really should...

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