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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.