The Long Way to the Beach

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Arun Resort

Flag of Thailand  , Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A look outside confirmed that the weather was still rubbish. Very untypical for this time of year apparently, but it was grey and cold.  On the plus side, the lively winds that were blowing in, were blowing most favourably south which meant for another day of blasting out the miles without too much effort.

We easily found our way out of Hua Hin, leaving behind all the fat old men to sit around in bars chatting up the much younger and beautiful Thai woman.  The place we stayed was lovely and the hospitality wonderful, but the town can best be described as Eastbourne with a sex industry.  We probably didn't see it at its best given the weather conditions, but nevertheless it was not one to put on the list of 'must go back one day’.

Back on Highway 4 we banged out the miles.  Nothing really to report.  The bike computer was flickering between 15 and 20 mph and we put our heads down and cruised along in the safety zone of the hard shoulder.

We caught up with another cyclist.  We haven’t seen any out on the roads for some time so I made a real effort to catch up and see what his story was.  It turned out to be pretty uninteresting.  The nice chap from French Canada was on a 3 week holiday.  We left him behind and soon stopped for a very poor lunch.  The noodles tasting very much like they had been boiled in toilet water (bringing back memories of the consistently disgusting Pho of Vietnam.

After lunch we did another 30 or so miles before leaving the highway and following some wild coast roads.  We hoped that one would lead to a beach hotel but after a few miles it was looking unlikely.  The packs of wild dogs kept us on our toes but proved to be quite uninterested. 

We did come across a couple of hut type resorts, and after turning the first one down went for the more basic (cheaper) option.  We did though return to the swankier joint for a wonderful dinner of Green Curry.  There was no one around so the owner called up her cook to come and prepare us dinner.  Renu turned out to be a special lady. She was so friendly and looked after us superbly.  She had even spent time in Darjeeling so we could compare stories about India.

She was very worried for us as her sister informed us of the floods that have hit Thailand lower down.  This prompted us to actually check the weather alerts to find out that Chumphon which is where we planned to go tomorrow is under water.  Also the island of Kao Tao which is where we were then going to catch a boat to currently has 2000 tourists stuck on it.  Whoops!  Had better think about where we are going in the morning.

Miles Cycled: 87 boring miles
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Ray on

Hope you managed to sort your route out. Saw on the news that mudslides and flooding have hit Thailand, keep safe x

mum and dad on

hope you are ok with the bad weather and things will improve.So glad you are feeling better Polly and love the hair.Been to see Auntie Joy tonight.she is happy in her new home-was so thrilled to get your card and sends you her love and thanks.Take carexxxxxxxxxxxxx

Elizabeth on

Hey guys, I hope you have managed to find somewhere nice to go and it isn't raining on you! Olaf was a lovely boy to his ma for mothers day yesterday and got me a lovely card and vouchers! Not much else going on - had three viewings over the weekend but haven't heard back yet so you can hang onto your money for now Mikey! (meany!) George has bought new pedals and inner tubes and things for your bike now and is getting serious about his training for the triathalon!
Missing you!
E xxxxxx

Jojo on

I hope you have had a great improvement in health Polly - heartburnn is no fun at all - you have all my sympathy. It is now heding fast towards easter- private schools have already broken up and Amanda Mae finishes this week. In a moment of madness I have asked 30 odd people (sorry - don't mean people are odd!) for lunch on St. George's Day (the one after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday) so I am praying we might have some reasonable weather so we can eat in garden.
The girls were grreat yesterday and even came to Church - got a voucher for Accessories and some lovely lotions and make up and earrings so I don't know what they will do for my birthday.
Haven't heard any more disasterous weather forcasts for you neck of the woods so hopefull you are making reasonable progress again. Looking forard to next installment.
All love jojo and Chrisopher

Lindy on

Missing my "fix" of the blog - hope all is well and you have managed to navigate the weather - also hope you are now feeling fine Polly.
Take care - looking forward to updates
Love Lindy

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