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Flag of Thailand  , Phetchaburi,
Friday, December 2, 2011

I woke up in my little hotel and went out for some breakfast. I enjoyed instant celebrity status from the staff who spoke very poor English and told me they "loved me" instead of “thank you”. I laughed and they clearly didn't know why. Breakfast was good, just some rice and eggs and things, nothing special but it was tasty and cheap. What was more worrying was that it was raining when I got up. Not raining as we do know it in England, this was like bullets of sold water being fired from a cannon up in the sky. I checked the weather, ahead it was hot and dry but the weather where I was looked set to stay wet and unpleasant for the rest of the day. I didn’t have any waterproofs with me, just my jacket and bike trousers both of which are water-resistant but in the real world leak rotten. It stopped raining while I was eating so I figured I’d make a dash for it and hopefully outrun the storm. I had already decided to stop the night at Hua Hin and head into Bangkok the morning after. Bangkok is expensive, Hua Hin is a beach resort but it’s less than half the price. I aimed to make it back to the same hotel we stopped at a few nights before, it should be a ride of about 250 to 300 miles which was no problem and I shouldn’t have to ride into the dark.

So I headed out and the roads did indeed dry up nicely. The sun peered through the grey sky and turned it blue and hot. It’s like driving in a car with the windows up in summer, the heater on full blast and the seat you’re sitting in on fire. Still worse, in fact because I was wearing bike gear today. I was very dubious about my chain so I took it easy but kept the pace around 60mph. It seemed fine but the bike is getting tired, she needs some proper attention now so I was hoping to get some spare time once I made it into Bangkok.

So I plodded on, the traffic was pretty light and uneventful. The roads were pretty familiar but all very similar too, nothing very exciting and nothing exciting happened. I experimented with 91 ron fuel to see how she ran. She actually did run fine, no pinking but I did notice a drop in range and for the price it wasn’t worth it. I’ll use it if I’m not running the bike very often as I tend to lose a bit to evaporation but for a trip I’ll stick to the good stuff from now on.

I finally saw signs for Bangkok and Hua Hin which is always a nice thing to see on a trip, it means you’re getting close and doing it right. I still have no GPS, the touch screen is dead but I had the unit switched on and it told me which road I was on and the map worked well enough to show me where i was heading. It would have been quite difficult to get lost actually, there is only one road leading right through this small tail end of the country.

Finally I made it into Hua Hin, familiar territory and followed the long road down through the town to Cha Am beach where the hotel was. I was pretty exhausted and the gel seat was really unbelievably uncomfortable. A guy came up to say hello, I tried to be courteous but I was so tired I couldn’t be bothered to make small talk. I got a room and got myself into it. It was the same price as last time but for a single instead of a double room. I couldn’t even be bothered to argue. I grabbed some food from the local 7-11 and tried to find some tools i could use to have a look inside my GPS and try to fix it. I got some food but couldn’t find any small screwdrivers so that would have to wait for tomorrow.
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