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Cycling in North Phuket

Picked up at 8.15am for the Northern Trail Bike Ride with BikeTours Thailand. Was 2800 baht for the day ( $86 Aus). Only me & another couple from Singapore, Joseph & Stella. When we picked them up they were fully decked out in all the bike riding gear & I was feeling a bit intimidated that I wouldn't be able to keep up ( with my very little bike riding I do)

Headed of north for about an hour – further north than where we left yesterday & stopped by the water to get the bikes assembled. Wandered around to a nearby house while they did that & saw 4 ladies sitting there with a pestle & mortar making chilli paste. Just got on our bikes & it started to pour. We sheltered under a building till the worst of it was over & then headed out with our rain ponchos on ( special look!) .

Me fears of being left behind were unfounded as Stella had done little bike riding & had knee surgery a year ago & was very slow & Joseph stayed with her. Head off down single track bike tracks through countryside surrounded by pineapple & rubber plantations. It was steep & lots of tree roots & thought how Brad would be proud of me ( nothing like the tracks that he does though!!!).

Also tried, Mangosteen which I just loved & had so many of them.

We went from dirt tracks, to back on quiet back roads to going through villages, with lots of dogs running out to bark at us. Morning Tea was at a muslim street café & they had a plate of assorted traditional Thai snacks – some wrapped in banana leaves & mostly made out of coconut. One in particular I loved – it was a round ball & had soft squishy brown sugar syrup in the middle when you bit into it.

Lunch was at another Muslim street Café 7 they gave us about 6 courses – a few with prawns & fish & that food was amazing!! Enjoyed catching up & they told me some things I should do in Singapore & will keep in touch by E Mail

We had ridden 20km before lunch & now had 32 km to cover in the afternoon. We set off at our very slow pace & I really wanted to feel like I was exercising & not meandering so Petie our guide told me to ride ahead at my pace & wait at this Muslim fishing village by the water. After the others arrived it poured again for another 30 mins so we sheltered in a little shop.

Petie decided he & I would ride ahead & the support vehicle would stay with Joseph & Stella. That was great & we were flying along & he was teaching me how to use the gears better. Stella decided she had enough & hopped in the support vehicle & Joseph caught us passed us & now I was the slow one!! The afternoon had a lot of hills which nearly killed me but were so much fun to go down!! When we arrived at our destination I was totally done & felt that nice muscle ache feeling!!! Got my workout!!!

No sunset at the beach to watch tonight as too overcast so had dinner & the best massage. It cost more but was so good & that is the oil massage for 1 hour for 500 B ( $15 Aus). Made me nice & sleepy & ready for bed.

Yummy lunch

Yummy lunch


Cycling past rubber plantations

Cycling past rubber plantations


Rough tracks

Rough tracks


Cycling

Cycling


Stella & I

Stella & I


Rest at a fishing village

Rest at a fishing village


Made it - totally exhausted!!!

Made it - totally exhausted!!!


Joseph, Stella & I with Nok

Joseph, Stella & I with Nok


Lady making chilli

Lady making chilli


Durian

Durian


Mangosteen

Mangosteen


Eating Durian - not nice!!

Eating Durian - not nice!!


Tracks

Tracks


Gibbons

Gibbons


Gibbons

Gibbons


Downhill - yah !!

Downhill - yah !!


Rough tracks

Rough tracks


Stella & Joseph from Singapore

Stella & Joseph from Singapore


Rubber plantation

Rubber plantation


Eating Durian - the smell is sooo bad

Eating Durian - the smell is sooo bad


Thought Brad should get a motorbike sidecar

Thought Brad should get a motorbike sidecar

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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