The chain of events that led to Bangkok
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I headed out into the main road and up towards route 4 which leads directly into Bangkok
I spoke to a guy in Nepal who had a gel seat, in fact the same one as I have and fitted by the same guy in Kent as me. We’re both having the same problem, when it gets hot it gets slightly uncomfortable and by slightly uncomfortable I mean it’s like sitting on red-hot razorblades dipped in salty lemon juice. It made the short(ish) ride into Bangkok far less pleasant than it already was.
For a while it was ok and then as I hit the city sprawl i hit the traffic
So finally I got to the hotel, the same one I stayed at before. They didn’t have a room ready so I went to the shop and got some bits I needed to tidy up the bike. I got some oil to keep the chain moving and some washing gear to take the first layer of filth off the bike. Tomorrow I planned to strip off some parts and maybe even change the oil but first I needed to get a chain.
Tonight I was planning to meet Dave. Dave has a similar bike to mine, well actually a vastly different bike with the same engine. Well a similar engine. He’s been travelling on and off for the last 5 years and now lives around SE Asia. I found out he was living in Bangkok right now so we arranged to meet for some food and beer. He called me up and offered to try to find the chain for me
So then I had my first problem. Bangkok is effectively closed for the next few days thanks to the King’s Birthday. The country take their royalty quite seriously so my chances of getting a chain are roughly equivalent to walking through the streets at night without a prostitute coming on to you.
I don’t really want to be stuck in Bangkok, it’s expensive and not very friendly, it’s a big city full of traffic and smog. I fancy moving on but with my chain as poor as it is, i’m not going far. I’m considering Pattaya or Hua Hin again, both are much cheaper and not too far out, I can get to either within a few hours if I take it very easy and I know my way around both of them fairly well.
I stripped down the GPS but it wasn’t dirt. The digitizer screen was faulty. I could get a new one but not the right size meaning I will need sealant and other tools. I did find a way online to repair the one I have requiring only that I set fire to the screen so I will give that a go, I really have nothing to lose.
So eventually I packed up to head out to meet this biker. I was tired but it’s nice to meet new people, especially ones who share your interests.