Feeling distracted and not able to get into ride, maybe cos Ive done bugger all for last week? Highway not too busy. Arrived historical park an hour later, had a break sat on old city walls over-looking river.
Cycled along small quiet roads until rejoining main highway. Then long straight, mainly flat sections, rice, sugar cane, tree lined sections all way to Utaradit. Very hot by 11am. Several home-made tok tok lorries loaded with rice grain heading to a big depot, some sugar cane trucks, and funniest of all, tok toks loaded with hay with a tarpaulin sheet on top. Looks like a mobile haystack with 4 wheels poking out of the bottom, whizzing along chug chug chug chug.
Arrived there at 12:30 and decided better to stop here than end up going miles to find a place to stay. Soon found GH aided by friendly mototaxi driver. 180baht, bit of a dump but ok.
Showered, ate, read book till 3pm then went for a spin in town when a little bit cooler. Not much to see here. Nice seating area with big sala near main market overlooking river.
|A display outside a home in honor of His Majesty the King of Thailand's birthday|
|Scenic snack spot on Sawankaloks old city walls|
|Harvesting rice in the hot hot sun|
|This road leads to them thar hills and the start of a big uphill|
|Still time for a photo on the eagerly awaited downhill section|
|Scouse fashion week?? No, its Phi Ta Khon in bicycle riding pose|
|Totem poles in the gardens of a posh resort|
|Thais arrive en-masse|
|Crumbly old stucco fascade|
|Old wooden buildings along the riverside street|
|Peaceful view over to Laos from guesthouse balcony|
|Great spot for a beer downriver|
|Poinsettias - indigenous to Central America but in abundant in Thailand, just in time for christmas too|