Writing and Riding: From Vang Vieng, Laos to Saigon, Vietnam (The End Is Near)

Turns out sometimes even when you’re convinced about something — you can be flat out wrong. This goes for life in general and for our opinion of “soulless” Vang Vieng. … Continue reading Writing and Riding: From Vang Vieng, Laos to Saigon, Vietnam (The End Is Near)

Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Guess what we did next? If you guessed “ride bikes,” you are correct! You win your choice of three prizes: A truck full of pig carcasses (truck not included). A … Continue reading Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Writing and Riding: Waterfalls, Wats and Wildlife

We hop back on our dusty steeds in Luang Prabang, Laos — or rather a Tuk Tuk or our own two feet as we’re enjoying a rest day. What do … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Waterfalls, Wats and Wildlife

Riding and Writing: Chiang Dao & Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

After sweating enough to quench the thirst of a whole stadium full of elephants, we up and went to a town named after them: Chiang Dao, or Elephant Mountain. Chiang … Continue reading Riding and Writing: Chiang Dao & Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Writing and Riding: Nam Kok Boat Rides and Thaton, Thailand

“We have fresh bread!” A spunky, grandmotherly woman called from the doorway of a charming restaurant within stumbling distance of our guesthouse in Chiang Rai, Thailand. We’d all had a … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Nam Kok Boat Rides and Thaton, Thailand

Writing and Riding: Huay Xai, Laos Rest Day and Chiang Rai, Thailand

The sounds of Anne splashing in the pool (“Swimming is the best way to get rid of Lactic Acid in the muscles”) and the tap of my keys is all … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Huay Xai, Laos Rest Day and Chiang Rai, Thailand

Writing and Riding: Land Leeches and Death Rides

Between attacks by bonafide land leeches, sweating to death on climbs with a fully loaded bike and wondering whether or not the green papaya salad eaten at lunch might kill … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Land Leeches and Death Rides

Writing and Riding: Muang Khua, Laos to Oudamxai, Laos

        One recent morning ago, I discovered I am a water goddess. Or at least my name is attributed to one, according to Nick, the proprietor of … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Muang Khua, Laos to Oudamxai, Laos

Writing and Riding: Dien Bien Phu Vietnam to Muang Khua, Laos

Our new, constant friend — the gray sky — watched over us on our rest day in Dien Bien Phu. The day slipped by amidst late breakfast, errands which involved … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Dien Bien Phu Vietnam to Muang Khua, Laos