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Published: December 12th 2013
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Today I got up at 6 a.m. and was out on the road half an hour later, happy to escape the room.
I followed the Autobahn 35 for a while and then turned onto a rural road which was a real relief. Everything seemed more natural and was much more quiet. I had about 48 km to go on this day and the pain in my ass (literally J)got worse, the saddle was probably not a good idea. I miss my old-man-style saddle and I hope to find a better one in one of the next towns. But there are almost no bicycles. I think you can be in Thailand one year and see less bicycles than you would see at one crossroads in Saigon…
However, it seems not dangerous to drive at all. I used emergency lanes and for some amount of the way I even had a bicycle lane. Usually I am starting quite well, doing 20km in 1,5 hours (including some sightseeing stops and drinking breaks) but then I get slower and need more breaks – not because being tired but to relief the pain (in my
… see above).
Everywhere I pass Thai people, they are lovely. They shout “hello” or smile and sometimes laugh about the crazy Farang with the bicycle. Sometimes I get a “Thumbs up” and whenever I eat and talk to people, they just love that I am going by bicycle. If I just would speak more Thai.
I passed some more rice fields and something what I thought were rice fields but actually they were salt farms. I wonder if this could be a way to revive old shrimp farms but it does not seem so.
I get great food along the road and nobody tries to charge higher prices from me. A whole meal goes for 20 to 50 Baht, that is 0,5 to 1 EUR.
Riddle of the day: how can you know for sure that you are not in a tourist area and not in a big town?
a) dead snakes on the roads
b) no 7/11
c) no English road signs
The answer is b) – 7/11 seem to be shops for the middle class and tourists. I have seen school girls and boys going
to a tea shop where a cup of fancy named tea cost 40 Baht – more than a meal. But it was full there. It seems that this middle class is really booming and expecting more and more comfort and luxury. Unfortunately I had no Gatorade because that is only available in 7/11 so I had to get my energy from Coca Cola J
When I arrived in Phetchaburi, I was somewhat relieved that there is tourism there and I easily found a number of guest houses right next to the river. I decided for the first one, a “homestay”. The rooms were upstairs, downstairs was the room of the family and the kitchen and shared bathrooms. Actually the pissoirs were right next to the open kitchen, separated only by a curtain. But the room was clean, the price only 200 baht (4,5 EUR) and I even had Winnie Puh sheets :D
However the room had no window glass and it was very noisy, especially after 5 a.m. when Thai people start getting up and start their motos. But I really enjoyed this room.
As this is not a holiday, I am working in the
evening hours. The True mobile connection so far is very reliable and fast, I can use skype to phone. So if you got my Munich number, you can call me usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CET.
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