Planet Kapow 31 : Granada to Corn Islands

¡Buenos dias amigos!

I’ve had some issues with my website for a few weeks now but it looks to be back to normal and just in time to let you folks know that the latest episode of Planet Kapow is now online.

In this ep we travel from beautiful Granada (Nicaragua) and check out Volcán Mombacho – no lava yet again but beautiful flora and fauna (including a baby deer), then we shoot to Managua (probably the least coolest city on the trip up to this point), then take a day and a half on buses & boats passing through El Rama and Bluefields to eventually arrive on Big Corn Island (a nice little slice of paradise).

As usual head on over to Planet Kapow, read Lachie’s article, and check out all that is episode 31 – “Granada to Corn Islands”:

http://www.planetkapow.com/1775

 

video: Dude, where’s my Jakkayarn?

I have managed to cut down the material from the bike ride Nicholas and I did from Bangkok to Singapore.

When I can get to some great bandwidth I’ll upload the HD version.

On July 12th 2009 Nicholas Ward and Adam Teale left Bangkok Thailand and rode their bicycles south through Thailand and Malaysia, and after 2100km and nearly a month of riding, made it to Singapore

Here it is via Vimeo:

Dude, where’s my Jakkayarn? from Adam Teale on Vimeo.

Download the 854×480 h264 version

Day 07: Than Phannara to Nakhon Sri Thammarat

Left the ‘love shack’ at Than Phannara around 7am an headed down highway 41, but then took a left down highway 4195 towards the mountains and then onto highway 4015 – towards Nakhon Sri Thammarat!

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Was a great morning through this area, great jungle/forest around, lots of little villages to pass through, some big mountains with clouds floating past, very green.

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We crossed through the Nakhon Sri Thammarat mountains after a fairly decent accent – Nicholas managed to beat it, my lack of gears got the better of me and had to walk it. Errrrr.

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But the ride down the hill was cool – pretty steep and no traffic. My iPhone says i got my bike up to 92.1 km/h!

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The rest of the ride into Nakhon Sri Thammarat was nice and flat, but HOT.

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Total km: 78 km
Max Speed: 92.1 km/h

Day 04: Ban Boet to Chumpon

6.30am left Ban Boet. Road solidly for an hour along the coastline and then went inland, picked up some sticky rice and carved our way through the jungle to Don Yang.
Riding along the coast before sunrise is a great way to start the day.

It’s really is beautiful out here, people doing their thing on their farms or stores, everyone seems pretty happy.

Everyone since Bangkok has assumed Nicholas to be a farang (foreigner). I think it’s driving him a little crazy and giving him a identity disorder. I was riding next to him today and he was talking in some weird germanic language. Yeah, he’s losing it.

It’s a lot more hilly down here, more pain.

Nicholas nearly got bitten by a snake, but i think he really just ran over a stick. But he is sure is was a snake. He says it was a little horrifying.

Had a great lunch up in the hills in between Pathiu and Chumpon – “Laht Nah” – something along the lines of noodles in sticky sauce. Passed out for half an hour and then hit the road again.
Strange though, within 30 minutes I was starving again and got that wobbly no energy feeling. Had to get a quick cola/sugar/biscuit fix then slowly came back to life.

15km or so we made it into Chumpon.

My legs are lead

We’ve been getting a bunch more video so hopefully we’ll be able to cut something together at the end of the trip. Perhaps what we lack in charisma we’ll have made up in kilometres.

total km today: 86km

Day 02: Cha-am – Prachuab Khiri Khun


(combined from day 01’s ride)

It’s been a hard 2 days of riding, but i think we are starting to get rhythm.

Left the primo residence of Nick’s Aunty’s place at 5am, bag of left overs in hand.

The morning was interesting.

As we road the 15km to Hua Hin, the morning light started to pierce through the sky, and revealed some bad ass looking clouds in the sky. The big wet season “stay inside or die” type clouds.
Eating our left over dinner outside 711 we decided to throw precaution to the wind and roll on down the road.

Well it rained. And we kept on riding. Yep it was really not the big issue that folks had been warning us of.
It was actually a lot more comfortable than yesterday’s heat & wind.
Nick was worried about picking up a cold being out in the rain but i told him he was a pussy and we kept on riding. As we pedaled on and the rain kept on coming down, and I rethought Nick’s idea about getting sick. I agreed momentarily with him and stopped by to pick up some supplies from the cute girl working the chemist in Kuiburi. Ahhh she was beautiful.

After overpaying for lunch we left Kuiburi for the last few hours to Prachuab Khiri Khun.
Not as much excitement here as was in Kuiburi but we did meet our first slightly imposing hill.
To most riding folks it probably isn’t even considered an incline. But, it was raining, windy, a dog chased me 100m up the hill, and i was pretty tired.

We cruised in Prachuab Khiri Khun – cool little town by the sea – Small, interesting, next to the sea, crap french fries, awesome nam dofu.

Nopporn hotel – 400baht – free wifi, great rooms, clean and friendly

Before my iPhone’s battery died, MotionXGPS’s recording said we rode 130km or so.
I have to say, a good night’s sleep really really helps!

Dude, Where’s my Jakkayarn?

In less than a week 2 average dudes will head off from Bangkok, via Malaysia, to Singapore, by bicycle.


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Follow our journey!
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We are currently trying to attach our blog to a charity – would be great to raise some money for a good cause somewhere in SE Asia.