Nothing for beginners – but you don’t have to be a pro either
If you take a closer look at the description of the individual daily stages, you might feel like me – goose bumps. It is our first off-road fundride in the mountains of Northern Laos. My Laotian colleague Thonghoon had the clear order from me to put together a track that no tracking tool can provide. The second requirement was to have as much off-road as possible and far away from any mainstream – he succeeded.
The track is based solely on local experiences and insider tips from Laotians with off-road experience. It is a unique adventure paired with driving delicacies, many river crossings and of course social commitment. We will have to load our Honda CRF 250 R onto small boats several times, help each other to master more difficult passages and experience remote places. A natural spectacle peppered with innumerable waterfalls, jungle and mountains, the track has it all and is nothing for fabric softeners, so much in advance.
Of course, for this off-road tour we don’t only want to appeal to professionals, but also to good motorcyclists who don’t yet have so much experience with off-road. Therefore, we are planning a whole day of settling in and a little training right after arrival. We think about forming two groups of 6-7 participants each, so that the more experienced have their fun and the less experienced feel no pressure. Of course, the two groups are not carved in stone and can be changed flexibly every day.
As with every fundriding tour, we also want to have a doctor with us on the off-road tour. Especially in remote areas, first aid is important and reassuring in the event of an accident.
Unlike the bike and scooter fundriding tours, we are often off-road on the enduro tour, so a normal van cannot follow our track. Therefore we use a 4-wheeler for the enduro tour, which transports the doctor and our luggage. So, we have the doctor on hand even in rough terrain. An indispensable luxury for us.