back to Chiang Mai

Not many pics for the next few days return to Thailand. Plus we’re going to wrap up this China tour blog quickly: it was not our most successful month due to being on a very badly managed ride plus some external factors which didn’t help. But I don’t feel like sitting here complaining about them. I have a friend who’s going to write-up the ride report and I’ll link to it when done.

Lincang to Lancang
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We took a detour to the Mekong
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Actually it was the best thing that could have happened because we ended up with the best Mekong valley view we’ve had yet. Through the hills here
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to this
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We rode down to the bridge and enjoyed this. The scale is deceptive. it’s possibly a mile or so of river here
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Later we had to wait for a landslide to be cleared. We’ve had a few of these recently
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Other side through first unfortunately
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At some point today Andrew and I had a scary experience with a car overtaking us.  It nearly took Andrew out. China is by far the scariest place to ride a bike yet. There’s little respect for others on the road, an understanding of space or speed. Or a sense that cars, bikes and trucks have to be cooperative. It’s dangerous, we’ve all had near misses almost daily, Greg was hit and we’ve witnessed bad things. Everyday we woke up and thought, holy shit, here we go again. Not good.

Lunch town
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Like Costa Rica, I’ll remember the green
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Cows, the first time I’ve seen this type we think
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Last village of the day
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Lancang to Mengla
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Today we are absolutely beat. We start tired, and end tireder. So just 3 pics
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Mengla to Chiang Khong
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We’ve been looking forward to seeing Laos again, even it’s just for a couple of hours passing through.

I stop here and immediately the kids start gathering to check the bike out. Watch this little kid in green. First he’s making some hand signs at me I don’t understand
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Then, making sure he has my attention
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He does this. What a little bastard! lol
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The girls area bit better behaved. This all reminds me of the kids in Indonesia who brilliantly set up the fake roadblock and long muddy detour
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Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai
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As per the first day.

So that covers some of it. I don’t have the enthusiasm to write at any length about it right now, more water has to flow under the bridge. Then I’ll write a post about impressions of China.

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