After picking up Randy from the airport; lazy day of putting his bike together and getting over jet-lag, we all take the train into the old part of Bangkok to do a little bit of sightseeing. Not only do we check out the Grand Palace and Wat Pho with its giant reclining golden Buddha
The first 20some miles today were great cycle touring miles along fairly quiet roads through the Thai countryside. Drivers are courteous like usually. We cycle close to the ocean where small fish on big screens are drying in the sun along the roadway.
We arrive in Phetchaburi in mid afternoon. After finding our way to the budget hotel, we decide to wander through town, maybe find our way up to Khao Wang--the palace hill--and grab a bite to eat. To get over there, we have to climb up and down some stairs to maneuver over a crazy busy intersection. School children in their uniforms are hustling home from
We have about 40 miles of cycling to make it to Phetchaburi. The initial 15 or so are a lot of ups and downs, before hitting flat land again.
We ride along a canal with many cows tied up along the water. Actually, these are the most cows we have seen so far in Thailand. They do look quite different from the US or European
Since it was almost dark when we made it to Kaeng Kraban, we decided to stay right at the park's headquarter campground. It is located at the park entrance by a lake. The plan is to get a good night sleep and then hopefully move to the second campground which is located about 20 some miles deeper in the jungle. Unfortunately, one of the rangers tells us that it is impossible to take bikes to that campground. Supposedly, we'd have to hire a very expensive
We are off to another early start. The goal for the day is to reach the eastern coast of Thailand about 50 some miles away. Maybe we are slowly getting used to the heat or it is the lack of hills today, but riding during the morning hours seems much easier today. We stop a few times
The park ranger was not kidding, when he warned us about rain rolling in during the night. Not only did it rain...it poured! Accompanied by lightning and thunder. As the storm moved in closer, we moved over into the covered area of the park's restaurant to wait out the worst of
In the morning, we are excited to get going. Our initial route will have us cycling up the western coast of Thailand. Although, I am a little worried about cycling in this scolding, humid weather, I am looking forward to get cycling again. Actually, we are all very excited to get going and very curious how cycling in Thailand is going to be. We are not sure what kind of terrain we will encounter, nor what conditions the roads are going to be in. In Phuket, we were told, that cycling is mostly reserved for “poor people”, which are mostly
Simon assured us, that since we moved from our original hotel to his place, which happens to be about a mile away from the airport, it would be no problem to get a ride from him to and from the airport to pick up Jessica.