Today’s ride was set at 125km making it the longest ride of our current tour, but more of an issue than the distance was Khun Chae National Park and the mountain that lurk within it.
From the edge of town we started seeing signs for Chiang Mai and felt a bit like we were heading home.
The road was eerie and deserted as we followed the Mekong river along the Laos border. This is a ghostly tourist town that doesn’t appear to have many locals in, this made the roads open and clear for our exit, happy days!!
For weeks now we have been noticing Thai workers covering every inch of their bodies in clothing despite the heat.
Today’s ride would see us leave the wide valleys of the last few days behind as we climbed higher into the winding mountains of Northern Thailand and turned east away from the Myanmar (Burma) boarder towards the city of Chiang Rai.
Just in case you were in any doubt about the prevalence of rabies infected dogs in Thailand and the do’s & don’ts when you run into them, they have produced thus handy roadside sign.
The best ride of the whole trip so far, plus some motor cross action thrown in for good measure!!
Chiang Mai is vegan heaven!! After a different vegan or vegetarian specific restaurant for each meal over the last few days we left town with heavy hearts and even heavier stomachs.
What a fascinating couple of days. I feel meeting Mal (Our Warm Showers host) has highlighted all of the research I had been doing recently. Listening to his story of how he beat bowel cancer by turning to a vegan diet was inspiring and I feel I want to shout it from the roof tops. All of the books, papers and articles I have been reading were coming together and Mal was living breathing proof of the positive result a change to this lifestyle can have!
We left Lamphun around 9am but as soon as we steps outside we realised our error. We had been lazy leaving thinking it was a short day at 35km so no need to rush. Unfortunately the sun never got the memo and was already out waiting for us.