Saturday, February 7, 2015
Enough is Enough
Leaving Mouang Et I was looking forward to much of the same, but I was not looking foward to a steep 10 km climb up a mountain. Not only am I no hero, I am no smart non-hero, and for this trip I had packed too heavily.
At the end of the 10km climb, and after being invited to a Lao party which left most people vomitting their rice wine I flagged down a truck.
I am not proud to say this, I know your admiration for me is unrivalled, but when the driver said he was going all the way to Sam Neua I said OK. And thus I sat and watched some of the most spectacular landscape pass outside the window. Shame. Shame. I hang my head in Shame.
Having said that, I was indeed badly packed – not expecting those altitudes – and the road was being rebuilt which means it was worse even than the road that almost killed me in the Golden Triangle: http://mair-hyman.blogspot.com/2012/04/up-mekong.html
I also knew that this was my chance to see Vieng Xay and its sugar loaf mountains. And so yes, I chickened out.