Posts Tagged ‘Motorbike’

Road 1263, 1:56 pm

In Place description, Reflections, South East Asia Photo Album on 2018/05/03 at 16:24

Am I still in Thailand? It sure doesn’t seem like it with these surroundings. On both sides of the road are rolling hills, on the right they are covered in withering, brown corn stalks on the left, the dark green of pine forests, with brown, bare tea bushes in neat rows lower down in the valley. This high up, the sweltering heat of the lowlands is gone, the air is cool and crisp like an Autumn day. If I didn’t know better I would think I’m somewhere in Europe.


Road to Laksao, 9:26 am

In Feeling of the moment, Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/02/21 at 09:16

The road is on an embankment connecting I don’t know how many little islands. Around me, forested hilltops nda flooded valleys, dead trees sticking up from the mirror smooth surface of the water. My eyes are streaming with tears from the chilly head wind as I connect swooping turn with swooping turn as fast as I dare go. I can’t help but scream with joy.

Road 10 to Vientiane, 12:58 pm

In Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/23 at 11:58

Well this is new, the road is actually straight, and not just for a few hundred meters; no, it has been straight for at least a couple of kilometers and it looks to be straight for several kilometers more. Sure there is only one lane in each direction, sure the surface is kind of rough but it’s neither bumpy not twisting. This is the closest thing to a highway I’ve seen in all of Laos so far. Amazing!

The road to Vang Vieng, 12:14 pm 

In Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/18 at 14:52

It’s like I’m not in Laos anymore, the mountains are still green but they are covered in grass rather than jungle. Here and there dark grey, almost black cliffs shoot up, bare rock against the blue sky. The lower slopes are covered in a kind of tall grass with white plumes at the top that makes it look like some giant has shaken out an old feather pillow over the hills.

Road QL217, 2:46 pm 

In Feeling of the moment, Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/11 at 15:13

I’m on a small road running along a ledge above the river, jungle clad mountains sloping down towards the greenish brown water. The road curves it’s way forward, following the flow of the water. Normally it wouldn’t be possible to ride at significant speed on this kind of road, but it’s just straight enough and I’m pushing 75 kilometers an hour. This kind of speed on this kind of road is exhilarating, I let out a shriek of joy.

The road into Laos, 9:35 am

In Feeling of the moment, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/11 at 15:11

I’ve made it! It took me three border crossings, four days and several hundred kilometers on the bike but im finally in Laos and I managed to get my motorbike across too. Sure the weather is bad, sure the road is bumpy, but I don’t care, all that matters is that I made it.

Road AH13, 5:16 pm

In Feeling of the moment, Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/08 at 14:47

The light is fading fast; the sky, though free of clouds, is not as bright blue as it was a few minutes ago, and the road lays in shadow. I take a quick glance in the rear view mirror, see the road unfold behind me and in the distance, the hazy outline of the city with the mountains behind it. And there, over the silhouetted peaks, the sky is blazing orange, shifting into pink at the edges. It’s only a glimpse, I have to turn my eyes back to the road, but for a moment I feel a kind of bliss.

Tram Ton pass, 9:00 am

In Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/08 at 14:45

I’ve been riding through the mist and drizzle all day and then, just as I reach the highest point of the pass, I spot a patch of blue sky up above. Moments later, the whole sky opens up and I can see for miles, the mountains rising into the mists on all sides, the slopes down towards the valley below clad in verdant green against the clear blue sky. In the middle of this stunning vista is a sea of clouds, pristine white foam lapping the mountain sides… What a view.

Duong De road, 3:29 pm 

In Place description, Poetic prose, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2018/01/04 at 13:57

The road, raised on an embankment, cuts straight through the Vietnamese countryside. On the right are yellowish green fields with grazing cattle here and there and a few scattered houses. In the far distance a row of mountains frame everything in and up above pure white clouds tower majestically in the clear blue sky. To the left the square pools of the rice paddies are almost indistinguishable from the river that curves it’s way through the landscape; old barges that look too big to fit between the rice paddies floating lazily by. In the middle distance the karst cliffs rise dramatically out of the fields, their grey walls forming the frame on this side. Above them dark clouds cover the sun, their presence a foreboding of coming rains. A few rays  of light manage to penetrate the cloud cover, shining down on the landscape below, like the light of God.

Road QL15, 11:40 am

In Place description, South East Asia Photo Album, Writing on 2017/12/25 at 14:20

The paved road just ended and it turned into a bumpy, rutted mud track. This is, by far, the absolute  worst road I’ve ever been on. My wheels keep slipping and sliding in the mud and I move forward at walking speed, constantly on edge from the fear of falling over. I manage a glance at the GPS, 11 more kilometers til the turning point; it will be hell if it’s going to be like this all the way.