Up at 6ish again and we packed up and left just at 7. A quick b’fast of omelets and we were on the road heading towards Vientiane. Jo was free when we are in town so it was all about heading to a friends home.
90 km to town and we targeted to get there by lunch. A hard 40 km ride up front set the pace and the weather was perfect for a bike ride, overcast and mild breeze. The wind seemed to have turned a little and I got headwinds going south too. But hey, it’s the home stretch and I can’t complain.
A quick break for coffee and we started on the second leg of 30 km. The roads started to get a bit busy by this time and we had to contend with trucks going both ways. I guess that’s expected when heading to a capital city. There was not much of a store at 30 km mark so we rode in for another 10 km and stopped off just at the outskirts of town. Some ice creams to refresh the body and we rode on.
Chris had to check up on the Chinese embassy and we tried to ride into town looking for a travel agent. As it is with Chinese visas, the policies change pretty rapidly and the travel agents advised him to get his visa directly at the embassy. Well we rode to the embassy, which was obviously not working afternoon, but one of the staff did tell us it was possible to apply in Vientiane (jury is still out though) and he’d have to check in the morning. Ah well.
We headed to Jo’s place. Cam let us in and it was nice to meet her after a month. The doggies went a little berserk and I played with them a bit. Later in the evening, Jo came from her school and we spent the evening catching up with her. Nice to be back!
Route: Thabok to Vientiane
Distance: 104 km
Ascent: 1050 ft
Descent: 950 ft
Time in saddle: 7:00 hrs
Comments: Ride into Vientiane was flat with a bit of traffic, but the idea of getting some place makes the ride easier.