Thursday, April 3, 2008
Vangvienne to Kasi
It's always a relief to be back on the road after a period of rest. It's especially so after the place of rest is a place like Vangvienne. The main tourist drag in Vangvienne is lined with tourists restaurants playing endless episodes of Friends. Some of these restaurants have "happy menus" which offer a variety of drug laced menu items. Maybe that's how some people actually enjoy watching Friends.
The road to Kasi provided the beginnings of the best riding I have ever done. We rode between large green peaks and only encountered moderate hills on this beautiful day. The riding was easy and enjoyable. Even after getting a rather late start, sixty kilometers just disappeared and we arrived in Kasi at midday.
We encountered a few usual suspects for lunch.
More pho with lots of greens. At this point I had started to finally fall in love with this dish. More on this later.
After lunch it was more naam oy.
This drink is sweet of course, but has a slight grassy taste which is really quite delicious. I can't think of a more refreshing beverage.
At this point I think it's appropriate to pause and say a few words about traveling by bicycle. When you ride your bike, the distance that you can cover on a given day is not immense, meaning you end up in the middle of nowhere a lot of the time. This fact might make this journal very boring to read for some of my readers, but I thought for the sake of documentation it would be helpful to show that not every place is a postcard. Many people talk about wanting to see and do "Authentic" things in the foreign countries they visit. Does that apply only to exciting and photo worthy things?
Kasi was a sleepy affair with no real sights, no exciting or unusual food discoveries, and no complaints. We wandered the streets, visited the dingy market, made small talk with a local boy with surprisingly good English, and rested up for the coming days.
We had a friendly dining companion that night at dinner.