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Old 01-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #34
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An update!

Wow, 4 months to write a new entry... I suck at this.


Anyway, continuing down the road that day, we crossed into Laos. The border crossing was an interesting experience. First of all, we were entering Laos at a very back-woods crossing, it seemed to be more of a trucker's route than a place where slightly confused tourists go.

First we had to check out of Vietnam, which was pretty straight forward, then we had to ride about a quarter mile to the Laos border crossing. This was a bit difficult, as the quarter mile consisted mostly of a very, very rutted, nasty dirt road that went up a very steep hill. Larisa had her first fall of the trip here. I don't know if I mentioned it in any previous entries, but Larisa had never ridden a motorcycle until about 4 months before the trip, so trying to get an overloaded, underpowered 2-stroke up a steep, rutted dirt road was not an easy thing for her. Once we got all three bikes up the hill, we went into the office and filled out all of the paperwork, at which point the man behind the desk told us that or 30 day visas were now 10 day visas. Not exactly sure why, maybe they didn't want Minsks in their country for any longer than absolutely necessary...

agh, its bedtime again. More tomorrow.
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