It was a choppy old ride across the lake, an exhilarating start to a Sunday.
We picked up the bikes from the guest house where we'd left them. The guy had a van, we had a big hill to climb. Sod it, a fiver each would make that 17km a bit easier!
By the time we got to the top at the main highway the weather had gone from 20 degree sunshine to 10 degree drizzle.
We shivered as we set off on what would be a mostly downhill ride of just 18km. The wind whipped up and the rain blew sideways. This certainly wasn't what the doctor ordered...luckily it only lasted long enough to show us how bad it could be.as we descended through twisting pine forest and jungle it warmed up a bit. Down, down, down. Now that only meant one thing.
The climb was only a few km but bloody steep in parts. A bit of pushing, lots of standing up and cranking as hard as you could in our lowest gear (26F & 34R).
Finally at the top we are some rank chicken in a roadside cafe complete with a 'loo with a view'
We were here to experience the huge market and also their main festival of the year. We checked into our less than fancy but a bit pricey digs and went out for a wander. The cold drizzle & rain came back and to be honest we had to try hard to stay enthusiastic.
The crazy market and sights kept us chipper though (just).
Have xylophone, will travel! Love the way they just soldier on either the help of plastic sacks. (Sorry, can't get videos to embed so you'll have to cut n paste the links).
The hot water in the hotel is solar powered so did nothing to warm our bones. Here is kate just out of the shower and Mel waiting for us, ready to go out for dinner.
The morning brought some welcome sunshine. Time to get into the festivities. How can I describe it? One word, mental.
Crazy processions of masked characters, huge multi coloured 'punka walla chairs' but with coffins or statues inside them.
We've come back to the hotel for a bit of a rest. The action will definitely still be there in a few hours but hopefully not into the night.....
Oh anyone fancy a 120y estate or need your tuk tuk fixing, then this is the place...