Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

a wash out

This post was written on 4/28, but I am trying to keep my post in chronological order even if i'm a few weeks behind.

Yesterday my plan was to go from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh. I saw that there were two routes a northern and southern and since the northern would be the same route back that I'd be taking to get to Luang Prabang from Phonsavanh, I figured I'd go the southern route. The road was strenuous for sure but I got great pleasure out of knowing that my minsk could handle these harsh terrains. The ride was very beautiful and I passed hill tribe people that don't see many foreigners. At point out of nowhere there beautiful lake or maybe river appeared right in front of me. It was so quiet there and full of natural beauty. Unfortanetly for me this body of water also over ran my road. I'm not sure exactly what happened but my road was completely washed over with water making it impossible to go any further. My plan to save time by going the shorter southern route was now foiled and I would have to go back. Back over these harsh bumpy and sometimes very steep "roads" (more like paths). I was upset as this meant time wasted but also money as I'd driven nearly 50km south of where I originally was and now had to retrace those steps and get more gas. The views on the northern route were also beautiful but I was somewhat too upset from the first half of the day to care too much. I ended up driving till 8ish when I had to stop for some coffee and ended up staying the night as I was tired and the road was pitch black. I met a guy who spoke some english and he bought me dinner and then found me a little room behind a restaurant to sleep in.

The day was long in all senses of the word and extremely tiring however waking up early the next day was great as I was treated to some excellent early morning views.

beautiful farm lands below

this road nearly killed me, both going down and then back up later. you can't get the detail or depth here but it was very steep and no real path here so I was sliding around a lot. of course, i survived.

I turned a corner and all of a sudden this beautiful lake appeared. quite a pleasant surprise.

of course that surprise was cut short when a little later this same lake had the road covered. couldn't cross. The water may not look too deep, but believe me, it was.

Back on the main road. These two twin peaks had a magical feel to it. Later, my friend Liam would point out the perversion in it. Honestly, didn't notice it at the time.

the sun begins to go down over an open range.

this little "shed" like structure was where I spent the night

woke up early to finish the drive and was treated to mountainous forests filled with early morning haze. beautiful!

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