If I could single out one thing that our tour of Thailand has so far been missing it would be elevation. Luckily today would signal an end to this climbing drought as we set our sights on crossing the Khun Tan mountain range.
As the sun rose we were on the road heading back through the rolling hills from the day before! Being surrounded by this epic scenery was after all what we had came for #LoveNorthernThailand!
As we left our jungle hut our lack of water needed to be rectified. We headed towards Tak not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The town was in great condition with good communal facilities. After getting a bit lost we took advantage of a handy pedestrian bridge over to the towns market.
Fortunately last nights huge electrical storm had finally passed by the time we woke at 4am. We had been in ore of it while taking an evening dip in the pool, until I panicked a little. Suddenly a scene from the film Final Destination flew through my mind due to the close proximity of a large electrical pillions and we vacated to the sun loungers.
So after yesterday’s bonking fiasco and missing out on a days sight seeing we are heading down the road to the old city. Literally down the road 15km away.
So BOOM up at 4am it felt like winter when we rose from falling asleep with the air conditioning on, whoops (not very Eco!!) Set out on a big day well 80km not that big but big in this heat. It was pure nivarna cycling in the cool morning air, then we were blessed with a beautiful sunrise!
After last nights fiasco I wanted to get to this next town where I had sort out a luxury hotel with POOL to rest for a day or two. I felt horrid but didn’t want to stay within this small crossroads town due to lack of many things but mainly a pool.
We felt well ‘rested’ and a bit sore after a decent hike up to the golden temple in Nakon Sawan the previous day.
We left at sunrise and pushed on for Nakhon Sawen aka ‘The Gateway to the North’. We did the 50km ride in one, only pausing for this.
Not such a early start due to the included breakfast (jam on toast) and another cheeky swim delaying our inevitable start.