Thursday, January 19th, 2017
The Thailand rythm: hot cycling broken up by coffees and food. Not a difficult life. I could sleepwalk through these days, only the names of the places and the faces change.
I'm not getting an early start this morning. When I finally do check out after my leisurely coffee in the courtyard I'm startled at how cheap the bill is: 4 nights plus laundry and a bunch of coffees for 850 baht (about 24 dollars). I feel like I could live off of the interest on my checking account in this country.
Well it's hot and flat for the first 40k. Then it's hot and less flat. I wander around on some back roads until it looks like I have no other option than to get onto a major road. A Thai guy on a road bike comes up behind me. We exchange misunderstandings in English for a while. When he moves on I get motivated to try and follow him; I can't really keep up but the effort gives me a strong pace to make up for this morning's lackadaisical meanderings.
Tonight's accomodations will be a roadside hotel, very nicely appointed, next to a junction of two major roads. At night I have dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel: fried crispy pork with rice (40 baht). Not quite satisfied. I ride a couple of kilometers in the other direction where there is a market and a Tesco. The market supplies grilled chicken, the Tesco pears and potato chips.
594 meters of climbing according to Strava.