We left Chumpon about 6.30am and got back onto the highway and spent the rest of the day riding – for 186km!
MotionX GPS app on my iPhone says e were riding for over 9 hours straight, averaging 21 km/h.
Highways are definitely easier riding than the ‘shortcuts’.
I am very surprised. I guess the 300baht massage yesterday and a reasonably long sleep really paid off!
Not much to really say about yesterday except that we aimed to get to a town called Chaya and spend the night there, but we just kept of riding.
We figured we’d find a place to crash for the night in a town called Ta Chang, unfortunately there was no where to stay when we got there!
So 25km or so into the night we made it to Phun Pin – a town close to Surathani town.
Nicholas just reminded me to put down that we saw a lot of dead dogs and snakes along the side of the road.
Staying at the only hotel in town: Queen Hotel just near the train station – not bad, room with 2 large single beds and a fan/shower/toilet – 260baht
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.