Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Bangkok to Saraburi
I am now in Saraburi , 107km north of Bangkok. I left at 5.30am accompanied by a cyclist from the Thailand cycling club known as Oil (Oiltrips), a cross country cyclist, and following us in a vehicle were Mr Naped and Pitchrin Siribunwan. We cycled for about 15 km out of Bangkok before I was let out on my own. It was indeed a kind gesture and I really can't thank them enough. Cyclists from this club are indeed passionate about the sport and are always willing to assist other cyclists from outside.
The route to Saraburi is flat and wide but the traffic is heavy and as I have never ridden on a highway before it was indeed scary. The highway to Saraburi is very straight with 3 lanes on each side and alongside it is another road running parallel heading in the same direction. In other words there are 5 lanes on each side. There are no toll booths , so I assume it is free. The highway is definitely superior to our highways in my opinion, I wonder if Samy has been here.
I had a puncture 50 km out and that delayed me for some 25 minutes. It is tough really when you have to do it alone and in the hot sun.
I stopped for some food and drinks at the RnR about 30 km from Saraburi and was surprised to note that the place was not crowded like those on our highways.
I am now very tired and if I don't feel up to it I might spend an extra day here . My next destination is Korat. (Nakon Ratchasima) where the last SEA Games was held. Another cyclist is expected to meet me there. Isn't that nice. Another observation I made on the highway is that there were hardly any motorcyclists using it and of course I was the only cyclist the entire route.
I still receive many SMSes from well wishes from all over and I must say that it gives me real pleasure to know that I have friends everywhere now. Thank you all and maybe one day we may meet and share our experiences. Some tell me they are now thinking of buying a bicycle or taking it out from the store. Whatever you do, make sure it is safe. Don't do what I do, I only started serious cycling 6 months ago and there is actually a lot to learn especially how to ride safely. Malaysian towns and cities are not cyclist- friendly .Our city fathers need to change their priorities. Cycling is not only eco friendly but it is also a good form of exercise.
For your information my final destination is Beijing but you also need to know I still am without the China visa. China is now restricting visitors because of the Olympics. All are fully booked apparently. I just got to try when I get to the border. Wish me luck.
That's all for now. Till the next time - take care. Love you all.