Phuket! At least we made it to this ferry.
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We fell on our feet for breakfast, right across the road was a good local dive which served no nonsense fried eggs and plain rice, very good cycling food. It was important to fuel up as we were facing another long haul ride. Phuket Town was 83 miles away, a distance which no longer seems to phase us. However, as the day went on, the exertions of yesterday caught up with us and the heat, more intense than ever set us up for a real slog home.
We were excited however and the now very familiar Thai smiles kept our spirits up
Lunch was great, more Thai friendliness and good fruit ice shakes to cool us down. The Thai people have blown us away with their friendliness and warmth. I really want to come back here in the future and would particularly recommend the stretch of coastline we cycled along today. Signs of the 2005 Tsunami remain. Evacuation routes were signposted along the way and the Santa hat resting on a gatepost was a very poignant reminder of the devastation that hit this part of the world on Boxing Day 5 years ago.
The rebuilding has been rapid and effective and we passed far too many places where we wanted to stop and spend a few days on the beach. Just before lunch I spotted an advert for ferries to Phuket. This would save us 75 miles so I pedalled off route to check it out. The result was negative and I had done an extra 4 miles in scorching heat, oh dear!
We passed through the very touristy Kao Lac
As the day went on we battled away counting down the miles. It was hilly and super hot and even when we crossed the bridge onto the island of Phuket, the going remained tough. In fact the traffic got quite heavy, Phuket is certainly not the laid back island we were looking for. We did finally hit Phuket Town and after some faffing around checked in for the night. The town did not have much to offer but the Italian we found did do a particularly good pizza (I think I am addicted to pizza).
We had come to Phuket to start our island hop. We could not work out much about the connecting ferries, the biggest and most important unknown was whether they would take bikes. We booked the first one to Ko Phi Phi and after some phone calls it looked good for the bikes. On we go.
Miles cycled: 83 on our last legs.