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.
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.
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.