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Coming in Hot

Although none of the Bamboo riders may have felt it at the time, looking back at our start in China the days actually seem cool now. As we have worked our way south through Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and now Thailand the days have become hotter and more humid. Where up north riders often took their time during the ride, many have now adapted their strategy to push hard early in the morning in hopes of avoiding the worst of the days heat and sun.

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Holiday in Cambodia

I had just started venturing around the world in 1980 when the punk group, the Dead Kennedys, released a scathing


Knee How, Sin Chow, and Sah Bye Dee: Language on the Bamboo Road

Whether spelled phonetically or accurately, all three of these words have become important parts along the Bamboo Road. Each word serves as a traditional greeting in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Lao, respectively. Hello and other common greetings are usually the first phrases our riders learn when entering a new country, often from friendly people passing by and shouting it our direction. This is frequently the easiest and quickest of new words for us to pick up since it is heard and used so often, but how many other words each of us learn is a personal choice and often based on necessity.


Lovely, Laid-Back, Laos

As I sit here on the shady, quiet grounds of the Champasak Palace Hotel, a simple gesture reminds me what I love about this country.