Sanakham-Sakay: Riding along the Mekong

Wednesday 16, January 2019 94 km – Total so far 1320,5km

At 6:40 I was already on the road. The weather was perfect, kind of chilly 22°C. Right after I got out of town the road was going along the Mekong.

It was a dirty road and I was lucky that it didn’t rain for a long time. If not it could have easily been the same like the last one I made with Hernan. There were some hills and on the first 15km there was no traffic at all. Very nice.

Later on unfortunately the road got really worse with a lot of potholes. Now there was some traffic that  swirled up a lot of dust. As there was also a lot of crushed rock on the ground I was riding very slow, about 12km/h, but the heavy loaded trucks even went slower than me, maybe  10km/h. The road was too bad.

During pedaling I realized that to Vientiane there were 145km to go. I originally thought it would be 50 km less to go, so I decided to stop before. I was getting onwards too slowly.I really enjoyed riding along the Mekong River. It was nice to watch how the river always changed. Its current can be very strong sometimes.

While I was having a break I checked my spokes and I had to tighten some of them. Also the attachment of my bag at the handle bar was a little bit loose. I tried to tighten it but bad luck! It broke! I had to put some cable strap and thanks god it looked it was working.

The bad road went on for 40km. After it was paved and nice but still I didn’t want to go to Vientiane. I would arrive there late in the evening and I didn’t like the idea to look for a guesthouse all tired and in the dark.

I decided to stop in the village of Sakay. There’s a decent guesthouse and next door there’s a restaurant. Perfect.I looked for my power torch but couldn’t find it. I must have lost it on the way, but where? I really got no idea. I was lucky, I could find another one to buy here in my guesthouse. Big and cheap. In Euro: 2,80€

I took a shower and I went to eat next door. I ordered rice with vegetables. After I did the journal and at 8pm I already went to bed.

Road looks ok
Road looks ok
Very nice the road just for me
Very nice the road just for me
Getting worse
Getting worse
Mekong sunrise
Mekong sunrise
Going slowly in a bad road
Going slowly in a bad road
Mekong river
Mekong river
A lot of a dust
A lot of a dust
Going slowly in this part
Going slowly in this part
Need a break
Need a break
Asphalt!
Asphalt!
Better asphalt!
Better asphalt!
A seller
A seller
One more break
One more break
Arriving
Arriving

 

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