Wednesday, December 16, 2009


15 December 2009 / Vientiane to Udon Thani ( Thailand) / 88 km / Total  2437km
We left the capital of Laos and reached after 20km the border to Thailand. After an easy and pleasant ride we reached Udon Thani.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


02 December 2009 / Don Det / 22km / Total 1914km
Without the weight of the bags, we explored today the two island, Don Det and Don Khon.Both of the island are linked by a small bridge used by the french for the railway they used during WW2.

Wat at Don Det

La Phi Falls on Don Khon

Beautiful bicycle trails on Don Det and Don Khon

03 December 2009 / Don Det to Champasak / 122km / Total 2036km
What was planned to be an early start and an easy 80 to 90 km ride, turned out to be a very late arrival (again in the dark) , a lot of dirt roads and a total of 122km.
The boat from Don Det which was planned to pick us up at 06:00 was here and everthing was working perfect. Onces arrived in Nakasang we stopped for breakfast. It took them 1,5 hours to make us ( we were the only guest) two small breakfast. On the road to Champasak we modified our planning and wanted to take a short cut. We had a beautiful ride but the road ( our short cut) was a dirt road with lots of dust. We finaly made it to Champasak at 19:30 in the night.

Crossing the Mekong river to reach Champasak

Sometimes you need to walk even with a full suspension Bicycle

04 December 2009 / Champasak to Pakse  / 40 km / Total 2076km
An up and down ride and 40km and we arrived in Pakse. We checked in at a Hotel, had the laundry sorted out, had some lunch at a very nice Indian Restaurant and rented a Motor bike in order to visit the famous Wat Pu Champasak.

Wat Pu Champasak

05 December 2009 / Pakse / Rest day / 0km / Total 2076km
A rest day is always welcome. Here in Pakse they have very good coffee, nice restaurants and quite fast internet.We spent the whole day with eating, internet and sleeping.

Laos transport. People and animals use the same transport.

Dinner at the roof top restaurant at the Pakse Hotel

06 December 2009 / Pakse to Pakson / 60km all uphill / Total 2136km
We started early from Pakse to reach the Bolaven Plateau. It's all uphill from Pakse to Paksan and we are climbing the whole day the 1300 meter above sea level.

On the way to Pakson (Bolaven Plateau)

07 December 2009 / Pakson to Benkham Khan / 78 km all dirt road / Total 2214km
We had a fantastic ride all on dirt road.
Ready for the downhill part

Crash from Monica on the last 16km of the downhill part.

After 500m of Monicas crash site, I also got a crash..

But we made it .....

08 December 2009 / Benkham Khan to That Teng / 60km / Total 2274km
Very hard ride today. Even when the road was downhill, somehow we had the feeling we are not going nowhere. But we made it until That Theng. We checked in at a nice gueast house and some real nice Koren BBQ for dinner.

09 December 2009 / That Theng until the crash site / 11 km / Total 2286 km
What was planned as a nice downhillride on a 30km dirt road , was nearly the end of our bicycle trip.
We left the guesthouse at around 07:30 and were looking forward to the downhill part on a dirt road. Soon after we left That Then we were on a dirt road ( very hard surface ) with no traffic at all but very nive surface. We were running quite fast until we came to a part wher roadworks were underway. The road suddenly was wet and extremly slippery. I was just to fel of the bicycle but somehow could manage to stay on it. It quick made some signs to Monica in order for her to slow down, but the next time