Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lakeside village

Scene from a lakeside village with Team Dai members searching for the boat departure ramp.

Gabor from Hungary, Mark from Australia and Lorenz from Germany; looking for a boat.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Cooks at Work

Lunch on the Team Dai ride was usually noodle soup (Pho) or Fried Rice (Khoa Pad) at a local restaurant scouted out by Pani and Kham.  At the village Lak 251 on the Nam Ngum reservoir the soup was particularly tasty. These were two of the cooks and waiters I spotted through the window as a was parking my bike underneath it.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A Ferry Across the Nam Ngum

The first day of the Team Dai Challenge took us north out of Vientiane, to cross the Nam Ngum river via local ferry.  Even though it was only about 8 am, it was warm and I was sweaty after two hours of riding.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A boat on the Nam Ngum

The third day of the Team Dai ride ended with a two hour cruise across the  Nam Ngum reservoir.  A very relaxing, and after a swim, refreshing way to end the day.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Pani and Kham

Besides having great smiles, Pani and Kham are caring and generous people.  They have been drivers for Team Dai Challenges for many years. They also prepare food for our rest stops, go to the market, order food from local restaurants and generally take care of us all.  They are wonderful.  How good is it to have a fruit platter with ice ready when you stop in the heat at the 80 km mark on a long ride.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

At the back of the Peleton

The majority of my riding in the Team Dai Challenge was at the rear of the peloton or drafting behind others.

On one hill on the last day Maarten rode with me and had his hand on my back pushing me up the steepest inclines.  They were a very kind and generous group to ride with.