The route:http://connect.garmin.com/activity/186151325 66km of riding a rollercoaster, 5357km total
One of the joys of sleeping in the back of a coffee shop was obvious on waking this morning and being able to obtain a perfectly drawn cappuccino 5 metres and 5 seconds from my bed – am pretty sure they don’t do this in Starbucks. Today’s ride was due to be fairly short so we made up on any exercise defecit by climbing 400 odd steps to a huge white Wat perched 200m above the rest of Mae Hong Son – if the clouds had cleared we and multiple Buddha’s would have had an amazing view.
After spending a long time on a fruitless search in a huge market for chickpea porridge ( apparently a local Burmese speciality) we breakfasted on dahl and headed off to climb more hills (sorry knees). Stopping at the top of a particularly arduous climb, we met a group of Australian men doing the loop on motorbikes – they clearly thought we were absolutely crazy to be eschewing 1000cc motors for a bought-on-ebay bicycle.
Khun Yuam, a small and quiet village, none the less had everything we required of a stopover – 2 guesthouses, 1 restaurant, a 7-11 selling cornettos. It also had a Japanese-Thai friendship war memorial museum which tragically was shut on our arrival. Fortunately after a double chocolate magnum and Singha beer Andy was just about able to come to terms with this disappointment.