4th April 2012 – Don Khon to Champasak 121km (total 1691km)

The route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/164959109

The photo:

What is the collective noun for a group of bike tourers? A grind? A blaze? Best answer wins a prize...

The chat:

Having spotted only 10 cycle tourists in total so far – all clustered around the Thai/Cambodia border, and none travelling in the same direction as us – today we happened upon five, three of whom we cycled with for the day. The timing couldn’t have been better as we’d run out of things to say to each other, and our conversation had descended to a series of not very exciting guessing games: ‘what will the maximum temperature be today?’ ‘If you could have anything to eat right now, what would it be?’  You get the picture.

Pedros from Greece has been doggedly sticking to very tough off-road routes in Cambodia, Laos on Vietnam on his battered mountain bike. Check out his blog (and his spectacularly good English) at http://www.cyclinginflipflopland.blogspot.com

Caroline (originally from Germany) and Sergio (from Spain) live in Shoreditch, London but have taken a year off architecting to cycle around the world on their all singing all dancing Thorn Nomads. Yes we had kit envy, especially Emma. http://www.cyclingarchitects.com/

Suffice to say, we got on like old friends and 120km later in sleepy Champasak the ribbing and jibing was running at full tilt. Dinner on the quiet (west) bank of the Mekong rounded out a good day on the road.

Clean shoes, dirty bike, dirtier man...

Modelling this season's bike touring styles - off whites are soooo 2012 darling

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