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Mountain Biking And Cool Cats

Local kids walking home from school

The ostrich riding worked up my appetite so I crossed the rode on my bike and devoured a ham and cheese toasted sandwich in a pretty tea garden. I hit the road under the mid-day sun, taking in the beautiful surroundings at a relaxed pace. Since my bike ride in southern Laos to the old Khmer ruins, I've come to appreciate how bicycles allow you to experience an environment in a slower manner.

I was able to stop and take photos of whatever I wanted. I could smell the flowers, feel the sun's intense heat, and curse the gradual inclines you don't feel when driving in a car. I was able to say ” hi”? to locals in passing, and when I came upon children walking home from school, they held out their left hand for me to slap while riding by (at the risk of losing my balance, being thrown from the bike and breaking my collarbone).

ring-tailed lemur

Initially, I was drawn to the wilderness park because of its cheetah conservancy, but once there, I was treated to an array of wildlife including monitor lizards, white vultures, ring-tailed lemurs, Nile crocodiles, and pygmy hippos.

The big cats were the main highlight, a pair of playful Bengal tigers…

Bengal tigers

rare white lions…

A male white lion

3 beautiful African lions…

African lions

and white tigers.

White tigers

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Friday 24th of September 2010

Nice post.Thanks for sharing.


Friday 27th of February 2009

Looks like you're WAY too close to these animals!


Friday 27th of February 2009

Looks like you're WAY too close to these animals!


Monday 10th of November 2008

Will you make it to Italy/Venice? I love the big cats.

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