Out and about early and on a bus bound for Laos. About half way (45 minutes) at Phibun Mangashan I had to change to a songthiew (pickup truck with benches in the bed) going to the frontier town of Chong Mek.
This is where Tim's tour started and ironically I was the only one signed up. I was stamped out of Thailand rode across no-man's land and bought another Lao visa. Then I was inspected, neglected, dejected and had my passport and brand new visa stamped 85 times by a general and seven majors all in a row, then I was in!! From there it was a fairly level 30 mile bike ride to the southern Lao city of Pakse. I found a pretty nice hotel here.