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!

Day 01: Bye Bye Bangkok

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During a last minute trip to pick up some small travel sleeping bags Nicholas and I came to the conclusion to depart a day early.

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Nick’s Dad, Mr Ward, was kind enough to drop us over the other side of the Chao Praya which ended up probably saving us 50km or so of inner Bangkok madness.

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So we hit highway 35 and kept up the pace with the trucks, buses and other folks driving at warp speed.

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It was all going pretty smoothly for the first 2 hours or so and then the sun decided it was time to call it a night. My bike started to fall apart and make weird noises but luckily it held itself together.

We rode into the night for another hour or so and ended up at a town called Samut Songkram. Found a place to crash for a few hours called the “Mae Klong” – 200baht.
Reasonable price, but got bugger all sleep.

That afternoon’s total km: 60km

4.30am we skipped town and headed off towards Cha-am. Riding in the morning is awesome. Not hot, not so many people around, and you get to see everything wake up. For breakfast – sticky rice cooked in bamboo – tasty stuff!

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But as the sun eventually made itself known I began to feel the effects of it, and the lack of sleep. 25km or so out of Cha-Am the heat was oppressive and the wind just really smashed me around. Wind = sucks.

Anyway we made it, Nick powered on steadily throughout the whole day, I tried 🙂
Now chillin at Nick’s Aunty’s place in Cha-Am – amazing!

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Early night tonight. Off to … Prachuap Khiri Khun
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Probike

Just got back from a trip to Probike down near Lumphini park.
Decided to get some gloves and those weird looking bike pants that have the ball/ass protector in them. Got some spare parts too. Hopefully that is it for my gear buy up for now!

Talking to Ward we thought we should post up any links/locations/reviews of places that go to to get bike stuff.
Maybe someone may find it useful one day.

So here’s the first one.

PROBIKE
ph: +66 2 2533384
237/2 Sarasin Rd., Lumpinee Pathumwan Bangkok Thailand 10330

http://probike.co.th/

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We have a blog!

Here we go!

So, what the hell are we doing?

Riding a bicycle from Bangkok via Malaysia to Singapore. Duh!

Well a few months back when I was traveling I had the good fortune to meet a bunch of crazy people. Crazy people doing crazy things. Well crazy to me at the time. People such as a French guy called Yann. I met Yann in Iran. Yann told me he rode from Singapore, via China and all the *stans, to get to Iran, and was continuing on home to France. At that point he’d covered 18,000 kms. Oh yeah, he did it on a $S300 mountain bike. 🙂

Meeting people such as Yann has led me to wonder why I am not doing such cool things as these folks. So on my way back to Thailand I decided I was going to buy a bicycle and ride to Singapore. I figured if I could at least to something like this I would be guaranteed fame, fortune and all the beautiful ladies of the world! Well not really, but probably. 🙂 It turned out that Nicholas, & our good friend & resident bicycle guru Boat, were getting their bicycle on too, and were pretty interested in joining me to Singapore.

After some slight delays, such as having to work, here we go.

July 12th 2009 we set off from Bangkok en route to … Hua Hin i think – is that right Ward?

* I’m sitting here at my Dad’s place here in Hong Kong, preparing for the ride with a egg tart in one hand, and a vodka & soda in the other. You see I was just informed that Nicholas, the half farang half thai guy who is doing this ride with me, has just bought a brand new bicycle. And he is riding it. I am not doing anything at the moment and I know this will be to my detriment. Oh well 😛

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Ride: Bangkok to Singapore

And now for something a bit random.
I had an idea when I was in Jordan – to buy a cheap bicycle and ride from Bangkok to Singapore.
Why not hey?
Well probably because it will be extremely ho, raining, humid and all together unpleasant.
But, if i can manage to do it, what an adventure.
Apparently as ‘the crow flies” the distance is about 1500km.

So, with the help of my mate Boat, I bought a bike yesterday!

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Apparently it’s a ‘Bridgestone’. 60cm frame – the biggest we could find in Thailand. It’s a little bit small still but I think I can pick up some new parts to make it a bit more of a giant’s ride.

Here’s a track from Saturday’s ride : Ekamai-Siam-Banglamphu-ThongLo

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