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The zen of the motorbike

THAILAND | Wednesday, 27 June 2007 | Views [520]

After a day of downpour, we were surprised to wake up to only partly cloudy skies.  Laying around and reading had lost its lure, so we made good of the weather and walked down the main street to bargain for independent travel.

We found for 150 baht you could definitely get your motor running...........We saddled up like a couple of Hell's Angels on the loose; although we probably looked more like Loyd Christmas and Harry from Dumb and Dumber.

Mizuki was looking ravishing in a shiny blue helmet, color coordinated with our shiny blue moped-- my nugget encased in a little less flattering dull grey helmet.  We were definitely born to be wild.  Our destination Bang Bao Fishing Village; a tiny community supported by stilts on the Gulf of Thailand, filled with sea catch, laid back cafe's and scenic views of the surrounding bay. 

Today was probably my first real experience in moped operation.  The Thai woman who rented us the bike asked me if I had drove one before and I told her yes....However, it is debatable on whether or not my first try in Japan would be considered functional operation.  The owner of that moped would probably say NOT.  Nonetheless, I was confident this try would go better.... and it did.  Although Thai traffic operates a little differently than I'm accustomed to.

The first ten minutes or so my knuckles were pretty white.  We were heading south on the busiest part of the island; jungle to my left, Isuzu trucks and motorbikes also to my left, somehow between me and the jungle; and ocean to my right with more Isuzu's and motorbikes to might right, somehow between me and the ocean. In Ko Chang, you can apparently pass anywhere.  The road does have yellow dots and lines but I have decided that they are purely decorative. 

Nevertheless, once I got the feel for my hog, things were pretty cruisy from there.  We had so much in fact, that after we cruised down the west coast of the island to Bang Bao fishing village, (mutally agreeing we should had stayed there), we went all the way back up the island and mopeded down the far more remote eastern coast of the island. Why did we drive down one side of the island, back up, down the otherside, and then back up again you might ask?

Fortunately for us, it wasn't a Dumb and Dumber moment,but instead that the road doesn't connect at the southern part of the island. So much for hosting a Formula 1 race around Ko Chang. 

Assuming that anyway out there actually reads my blog..ha ha!! I would highly recommend motorbiking across the island to traveler's heading to Ko Chang! We had a blast.

Recently, if you have noticed, there are no pictures on the blog....We are having techinal difficulties...Apologies!!!

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