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.
We left our cozy riverside room in good time, but with no rain for a few days now the temperature was already soaring and we knew it was going to be a hot one.
By this time my white vest had gone completely see through with sweat and we were both struggling to hold on to our handlebars due to the amount of liquid pouring out of our bodies, down our arms and leaving a snail trail of perspiration along the tarmac behind us.
Finally cresting the top we were relieved to see another small shop with a fridge full of cold drinks! The kind owner assured us it was down hill from here on.
After lunch the road levelled off slightly, but the views remained and after a bit of searching we stumbled across a delightful motel with a much needed ‘Swam-nam’ just outside the town of Mae Chan. At least this would give me a chance to sooth my newly developed sun burn.