Tak to Mae Sot 93km
I've been working myself up to a big day of climbing today. My information has been...60km of uphill. So I've been riding shorter days, eating heaps, mainly western food, and taking long rests between rides. Then I got up early, so as to spend as much time on the bike in the cool of the morning. And then I saw the big trucks, hauling huge containers, and I was happy.
Some of the BIG hills I've ridden lately have been very very steep. The thing I noticed about these climbs was that there were NO trucks, just too steep for them. Today Trucks.....so it will not be nearly as steep. Sure, the trucks were down in their granny gears, just like I was, and they were slowly passing me, but I was able to keep pedaling, which has not always been the case. And on the downhill, they were braking, and I was zooming past them.
On climbs like these, the trucks take the route of less resistance. They take all the corners wide, sometimes even crossing right over to the opposite edge of the road. The cars weave between them, as they all change lanes to suit. I don't have that privilege, the speed, nor the strength, and just keep grinding up the left hand hard shoulder, hopeing the cars and vans will see me as they squeeze around the big fellas.
My progress was slow. I deliberately had longer stops for drinks and food, trying to save energy, and rest the body. It worked. I had fully prepared to camp out at a temple half way along the 93km. But I was there before 11am, so decided to push on. I was very happy, and arrived in Mae Sot feeling pretty dash good, and pleased with myself.
On the way I met a couple of French cyclists, heading from France, via Central Asia and China, to Indonesia. They were struggling uphill towards the pass tgat i had just summited. It's very exciting to meet others coming from where I'm intending to go. The whole trip feels so much more achievable, and believable. They took twelve months to get to Thailand.
It's really funny getting to Mae Sot, which has been a definite destination for many months now. Initially, I had never heard of Mae Sot. Then it was suggested as the best place to pass into Myanmar, so I had to search for it on a map. Then I needed to look at the various routes to Mae Sot. So many other dots on the map, have been just that, dots to follow to Mae Sot. And now I'm here. Ready to enter another new country. Myanmar or Burma. It's been locked up tight for many years. It's featured in lots of stories of explorers and traders, in the 1800s and 1900s, and now I'm about to explore it as well. Very excited.