|257. Rickety bridges
The next day our guides solved the problem with the leeches. A pair
of fresh tobacco leaves in the shoes was very effective at keeping them
away. When we had to choose between the route with lots of tiger leeches (that
usually drops on one's back) and the route where a large group of Englishmen
had passed a couple of hours before, the choice was easy. We followed the Englishmen,
trusting that they would have cleaned the track of all leeches.
The area was full of small rivers and at each crossing, we had to get over
a hanging bridge or balance on some logs. In Pa Main, where we spent the night, we catched
up with the Englishmen. Most of them were cleaning leech bites, and we couldn't
help smiling a bit for ourselves.