11 hrs + 5 punctures = 108 tough miles
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Some very friendly kittens got involved with the bikes before we left and seemed quite keen to accompany us to Takua Pa
After a mile I started winging that my flat tyre was slowing me down again and we stopped to get air. The first guy used the wrong pump and totally deflated it, scaring us. His friend swiftly stepped in and sorted the situation however and we set off determined to stick to 12mph. An insanely sweet puppy slowed us down as he ran out needing some cuddles. The scenery today was again sensational. It felt like we were cycling through an incredibly exclusive rural area and some of the houses were stunning, surrounded by jungle and mountains.
Two more punctures to my back tyre and we were finding things less amusing however and getting stressed about the time running out, and the fact that we weren’t getting any breaks as they were all spent fixing punctures. We desperately tried to find a bike shop and get more inner tubes, but unlike other Asian countries people here drive and bike shops are few and far between.
At 50 miles I was once again lagging behind Mikey and struggling and realised the tyre was FLAT for the 3rd time!!!! We were only 2km out of a town so I tried to ride it for a bit, and when it was clear I was destroying the rim I ran with the bike- not fun in the heat, but actually I just really wanted to be off the saddle at that point
The day had been ridiculously hot and the hills were really taking it out of us. The American Jim had emailed us the previous night with this cool Google maps thing he does where he gets them to produce a profile of your route and so you can see where the hills will be – knowing when something was coming up means you can plan your breaks around it. We stopped at 76 miles in Khura Buri and had an iced coffee in the 7-11 and saw the rooms above it that our helpful host from the previous night had told us about. We decided to keep going and try to make it to Takeo Pa, especially know we knew that the accommodation she had mentioned would likely be there. This stop at the 7-11 was the first where we had actually been able to sit and rest rather than mend the bikes
Anyway the last 32 miles were pretty punishing big hills amongst the constant dips took the last our our energy. At 85 miles we saw the most gorgeous jungle lodge perched on the top of hill, over looking a valley. We REALLY wanted to stop and stay there, but it would have meant 110 miles the next day which seemed unrealistic. Having passed that by we were more determined to keep going and make the next day as easy as possible. The sun started to set at about 6 and we cycled for half an hour gazing at an enormous orange ball of fire fronted by silhouetted palm trees. When it got dark, the hard shoulder kept us pretty safe and there were street lights once we hit Takeo Pa. We found 'Friendly Resort’ on the outskirts of town, but it seemed very seedy so we kept going looking for the Esso garage behind which we had been told there was a hotel.
The Extra hotel was pretty grim, but at 7.15 after 11 hrs in the saddle, cycling 108 miles we didn’t care
Back in the room, we watched more Prime Suspect - on series 5 now and tried to psych ourselves up for 84 more miles in the morning! Hmmm…
Miles cycled: 108 Record-breaking, bottom-chaffing miles