Vieng Phou Kha-Luang Namtha: The coldest day so far 10c

Thursday 03, January 2019 63 km – Total so far: 532,5 km

Today when my alarm rang I really felt like sleeping some more, but I got up very quickly because inside the room it was really cold. Only 12°C and outside 10°C.

I left and I started to pedal real fast to get warm. Exceptionally I was happy that the road immediately started to climb because there was a cool mist in the air. These misty mountains looked nice but the cold humid air didn’t feel so cosy.

Yesterday in the evening a guy told me that there would be a market  outside the village. I thought of buying some bananas there, but in the end I didn t see nothing like a market. Maybe I went too fast to have a closer look around.

Sometimes the road was really bad although the climbs were ok. Only one was a little be harder with 14%. Altogether I should climb 550m today.

So the ride was not too exhausting, but there was no possibility to buy any food on the way. I only ate a bag of chips and the Chinese biscuits that were left from yesterday, which was tough enough.

I passed all these small villages – if you want to call them villages – and I saw this  tremendous poorness. If you see how miserable their lives are, sitting around a fire to get warm a little bit you have to face that bitter truth that this world is not fair….

At 11o’clock I reached my destination. A town maybe 500m longer then the village yesterday. What makes the big difference are the plenty of guesthouses and hotels here. Here are quite a lot of tourists because people use it as a base for trekking.

I checked in in the guesthouse called “Amandra Villa”. This time I got a very nice lovely room. Big and warm during the day

I took a shower and I went to eat. Hunger!!! For the first time in Laos I saw a menu card written also in English! After having a wonderful and expensive pizza I walked around and I found a shop where they are selling some cookies and peanuts. Cool. SoI know now where I can buy some stuff before I am leaving.

I decided to stay here some more days to recover and to do some laundry – I really need to wash my bike-uniform. Maybe I will leave on Sunday. We’ll see.

In the evening I loaded up some pictures of today. The internet connection is very slow, even the one from my phone is faster. So I’m learning to be patient here…. 

Early in the morning time to go
Early in the morning time to go
Very cold!
Very cold!
Morning mist
Morning mist
Empty road just for me
Empty road just for me
Sharp curve
Sharp curve
Man in blue
Man in blue
Not nice to cycling
Not nice to cycling
Woman from the mountain
Woman from the mountain
Just climb this one
Just climb this one

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