The route : http://connect.garmin.com/course/1548712 108km, total 6915km
The chat: A momentous day for tandemasia and soft-like-girl – having provided superior procrastination, pontification and photography services for the last 2 weeks, it was time to bid a sad farewell to SLG, who was jetting back to rainy England for a fun sounding 10 day straight stretch of on-calls and night shifts – unlucky. Today was also my 30th birthday – a milestone I had been looking forward to about as much as a leg wax. The metaphorical dark clouds gathering overhead swiftly became physical ones as we exited our guesthouse into torrential rain – not the best omen.
After several coffees and plenty of man-hugs (being careful not to damage SLG’s oh so delicate thorax) we waved a sad goodbye to Nick, dried our tears and pedalled off, wondering out loud how long it would before we became seriously strange again – 4 months with only each other to speak to is not conducive to sanity.
As it was my birthday, Andy had a special surprise treat for me – a 120km bike ride. Yay. Luckily, he had realised that I might not be altogether excited at the prospect of 6hours on a saddle on my special day, so had thoughtfully upgraded the ride snacks (from 10cent cardboardy “chocolate” bars to luxurious chocolate coated almonds), and the entertainment (by singing an appropriate song every 10km ridden – you had to be there). The miles flew by, the rain stopped, and we reached a ferry taking us to our surprise destination – Ko Lanta island. The magical mystery tour continued once on the island until we reached the Houben hotel – perched on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea, it was by far the nicest place we’ve stayed on this trip, or ever actually. The staff at the hotel looked a little surprised to see 2 bedraggled bike tourists turn up on a battered tandem – it emerged that due to some communication issues they had thought we were arriving by byplane.
The rest of the day was spent in the appropriate manner of a $10/night traveller who has somehow managed to win the accommodation lottery – frenetically rushing between hot-tub and infinity swimming pool while dressed in a fluffy white towelling robe. We managed to slow down enough to sip champagne, appreciate the sunset over the sea, and eat thai curries in their candlelit clifftop restaurant – a perfect day.