A hard days work

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  • For the local people of Kieng Than Lei, in Southern Laos, the day was already well underway by the time I stirred from my good nights sleep. The room I stayed in at the little guest house backed onto a rice paddy where women (and one man) were hard at work planting rice. It looked like hard work to me, bent over and stood in water for hours at a time. There was a little chatter between them, but for the most part they seemed to be working in silence.

    After breakfast I took to the road again to continue my two-wheel trek along the Southern Swing. Clouds gathered above me fairly quickly and within just a few short moments of getting on the moped the heavens opened. There was no improvement to the weather from that moment on. The rain fell in varying volumes, only stopping entirely for a few brief moments at a time, seemingly to catch it’s breath, re-group, then come again more than before.

    Although I didn’t photograph it, my lasting memory of the day will be riding though the villages feeling pretty miserable. However, seeing the children splashing around in temporary pools of muddy water and playing naked in the rain without a care in the world was actually pretty cool, and it helped put my otherwise unimpressed mood into context.

    I like mopeds and motorcycles, but it’s fair to say I like being warm and dry much better!

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      • Test. LOL! This is Asia James. No test is required. The highway code is anything bigger than you has right-of-way and don’t hit the cows!

        I’m only riding a 110cc Suzuki moped anyway. I was going to rent a great big off/on road combo motorbike, but the guy at the rental place (which double as an internet cafe and laundry) said I didn’t need that. A couple of times though we’ve had to go through some pretty deep mud where on unsealed roads.

        Doing all this increases my desire to ride from Whisky country in Scotland to Whisky country in Australia on a moped. I think the challenge would be great, though the real challenge would be getting the bike across the borders each time.

    1. Tending rice certainly does look like back-breaking work. I marvelled at the ladies (and occasional bloke!) working hard in the paddy fields of Macedonia too.

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