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22 February - Wat Sap Ta Khaek – Ban Non Sa-at – 50 km

For the first 15 km, the road lead straight up the mountain, where we encountered a few steep inclines. It was a slower than usual process as we edged our way higher and higher. After about 10 km, we turned off onto an even smaller road to avoid crossing the high pass, but it was still a pushing-up-the-hill day. Once I reached the top of a hill I would run down and push Chris’s bike up the hill, then cycle my own up the next hill and run down again LOL. It was however a stunning ride on a rural road past tiny villages where locals stared, slack-jawed, as we made our way down the pass along the muddy track. In the process, we passed small settlements with basic wooden houses on stilts. Families were swinging in hammocks underneath the homes while kids ran amok and livestock had the run of the place. Soon, we found our way back to a paved road with stunning scenery in the distance. We could see the higher mountains to our right and were pleased that we had not taken that way. At around 15h00, we cycled into the tiny village of Ban Non Sa-at, where we found a temple in which to spend the night. Like the previous night, we swept the half covered hall, dusted the Buddha, and lit a few incense sticks. I ate my noodle soup that I bought earlier in the day, Janice not being a big eater only had a small tin of sardines in tomato sauce (she claimed she also had a quarter pack of instant noodles), Chris enjoyed cup noodles with a tin of sardines. My humble (or not so humble LOL) opinion is that this is not enough for a full day of cycle touring. We can, however, only eat what we can and each person must do what is best for them, I can just give advice.
Wonderful portrait shot.
posted February 26th, 2018  
I love that face with her honest look, her toothless smile and the many lines and wrinkle ! Love the narrative of your journey - fav
posted February 26th, 2018  
and a beauty she is ... such wonderful eyes
posted February 26th, 2018  
Love this portrait.
posted February 26th, 2018  
What a great shot - I love your narrative too!
posted February 26th, 2018  
Beautiful portrait and so much detail interesting eyes as well. FAV
posted February 26th, 2018  
She looks sweet and loving. And what great hair - wish I had it! About your narrative (which I so enjoy) and how much is being eaten. I agree with you - how can anyone bike such a difficult terrain and then eat only a dab of food?!! More calories for fuel needed!
posted February 26th, 2018  
your human portraits are always stunning :)
posted February 26th, 2018  
I like her hair too, no old age thinning there!
posted February 26th, 2018  
Such an interesting face. Me thinks she lacks teeth. LOL
posted February 26th, 2018  
A face that has seen many things.
posted February 26th, 2018  
Nice eyes
posted February 26th, 2018  
Such a colorful character and a beautiful portrait of her Leana
posted February 27th, 2018  
Awesome shot
posted February 27th, 2018  
So much character comes through in this portrait.
posted February 27th, 2018  
Fabulous.
posted February 27th, 2018  
Lots of stories in her face
posted February 27th, 2018  
Beautiful. I loved her wrinkles.
posted February 27th, 2018  
Another so natural portrait, I would so like to know her story......How you managed all of that running uphill & cycling uphill I will never know...FAV
posted February 27th, 2018  
such a character-ridden face, great shot
posted February 27th, 2018  
A beautiful portrait
posted February 27th, 2018  
A wonderful portrait - she has such character.
posted February 28th, 2018  
Fabulous portrait shot . So much character !
posted February 28th, 2018  
awesome portrait-wow your life is so amazing
posted March 1st, 2018  
What a beautiful shot. So much character.
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Beautiful portrait
posted March 10th, 2018  
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