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Day 265. 121km. Tad Lo – Pakse

Posted: November 22, 2015 in Cycling, Laos
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1000m up. 1100m down. Back to where I was this time 48 hours ago. Bolevan Plateau – tick. It was nice – nice to get into cooler climes, nice to cycle through some greenery away from Highway 13. It was also hard work. I’m ready for the main road again.

The looming clouds

The looming clouds

For the first time on my trip I have saddle sores. Ouch. All this sweating climbing a kilometre into the sky has made some parts very tender. The climb was constant but never terribly steep. It was a peaceful road and very pleasant.

The morning road

The morning road

Lots of coffee, and a big waterfall.

Coffee

Coffee

The top of the waterfall

The top of the waterfall

The waterfall

The waterfall

Day 264. 90km. Pakse – Tad Lo

Posted: November 21, 2015 in Cycling, Laos
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There is a smell. I’ve only smelled it in Laos. A sweet fragrant aroma floating through the mountains. I don’t know what it is. I’ll call it the flower of Laos, and it was in great abundance today as I cycled along to the back door of the Bolevan Plateau.

The colourful road

The colourful road

After leaving the busy dual carriageway the road became quieter. The initial climb of 300m took the edge off the heat, and I had a pleasant meander through the green, lush landscape skirting the hills rising up to the Bolevan Plateau. It was a bit up-and-down, but nothing that slowed me down too much. I saw quite a few tourists on motorbikes waving at me, and congregating at the places mentioned in the Lonely Planet. Tad Lo is a vibrant little backpacker village next to a lovely little waterfall.

Happy kids

Happy kids

Papaya

Papaya

Green

Green

Tad Lo

Tad Lo