Rock Falls, where has the road gone?
Trip Start Jun 27, 2005
222Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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Our drive continued until just before dusk when we arrived at Tuan Giao a total of 200km driving. The only accommodation choice here was an old hotel/motel place which seemed very much out of place and was probably less attractive than our previous nights stay in the rustic stilt house. Tuan Giao was a village built around a t-junction joining roads from Lao, Northern Vietnam and the road we had come along. It wasn't at all quaint and appeared to be another business hub with pho stalls lining the streets. However after a hard, arduous drive, over unmade roads we were happy to just fill our stomachs and crash
Whilst riding today I had time for my mind to wander and enable it to concentrate on what one can live without in terms of objects of desire etc. and what items we take for granted that make life a lot more enjoyable. In conclusion I feel the most important thing for me is to have my own transportation, having my own wheels of freedom in which to explore further and help me achieve what I want to do, when I want to. I now believe that this is also true for the people we have met on this trip. Sure they may have a place they can call home and it may need money to be spent on it to help increase the quality of living inside and they are all wandering around in worn clothes, however there is often a new looking scooter parked outside that's been well cared for. Not sure if this will make sense to anybody else but it struck a nerve with me, especially as we had been heavily reliant on others transportation to get from England to Hanoi and now we were free of the limitations of public transport having the best experience so far on this trip and all because of this old beat up Russian Minsk.