Phanat Nikhom to Klong Takrao 80km
Klong Takrao to Klong Hat 75km
Two days of rolling countryside, yes hills, but only small ones, through fields of crops, including pineapple, tapioca, that's used as a diesel bio fuel, palm oil, rubber, and sugar cane, and very little traffic. Lovely.
The first day ended up at a motel complex, with no rooms available, but I could camp if I wished. Choice. What they didn't tell me was that 20 young men, plus a couple of dad's, a few girl friends, and one boy friend, were spending their last night here, before starting their army training. But the pool was pretty glorious, because it was a scorcher of a day. The young guys were pretty quiet until dark.....then the guitars, the whiskey and the brandy came out. And did I say anything about the two karaoke booths? Anyway, no sense grumping, just joined in. Was continuously offered shots, food, and opportunities to sing, but refused all offers, and just enjoyed the company. The gay guy was pretty funny. Very camp, but the shots saw him disappear behind a bush, and not long after he fell asleep under a table.....and the party collapsed. Yeah. This old fella was ready to crawl into his tent. 7am saw a few sore heads, and they had to report for training at 8am. Oh dear.
I went into the village for breakfast, and at 9am was joined by Jeep, a Thai language teacher, who I'd met yesterday, and was really keen to cycle with me. It was lovely having someone to ride with, chat to, and translate signage. Thanks for the company Jeep.
One sign she translated was about the wild elephants in the area. The highway is closed at 6pm every night, as the elephants come out on the road to feed, and had recently attacked a car. Jeep also introduced me to a guy who paints. He showed me his paintings inside a temple. Pretty amazing, a private tour of a temple, with the artist of some fantastic historical scenes. I felt very special. He was very proud of the breasts that he had painted. They looked pretty good to me too.
Wow. A new find. In 7/11, I found small packets of cereal, and one litre boxes of apple juice. Yummy. A new breakfast, and for less than $1.50. Things are looking up.