On November 4th Fred the bike is embarking on a six month journey across Southeast Asia. Starting in Singapore, Fred plans to make his way up the west coast of Malaysia, across Thailand, Cambodia, up through Vietnam and into Laos. After that... who knows? Fred invites you to follow him through his adventure. Any advice from fellow travelers is always welcome.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Samut Sakhon-Bangkok

Total Distance:59.61km
Total Time:3h17m50s
Average Speed:18.1km/h
Maximum Speed:36.0km/h
Total Distance So Far:1919.39

Okay, so I decided to bike it. I know it went against everyones advice. I know I was taking a big risk. I know I could have ended up majorly regretting it. What can I say? I just couldn't bring myself to get on another bus. The ride to Bangkok was fine. As expected, it only took me an hour and a half to reach the city limits. About half way there I stopped, bought a good map of the city and a coffee, a assessed the best way to get to the city center. I thought it a wise plan. Getting to Bangkok was no problem. Finding my way to the center was no problem either. A couple of wrong turns here and there, but I think that was to be expected. It wasn't as busy as I imagined it. It wasn't as big either. Once in the center however, traffic was more congested and things started to get a little trickier. I ended up driving around in a circle, down the same two roads for a bout an hour in an attempt to navigate around the one way streets. One ways are always a pain. You know where you have to go, but have not the faintest clue how to get there. Once I found the general vicinity I was looking for, finding a reasonably priced guesthouse posed a whole new challenge. Luckily, as planned, I had set out early and had lots of time to ride around looking for the perfect accommodation. Eventually I found what I was looking for. Bare bones! No AC, shared bathroom, ultra tiny, and cheap. The latter being the most important.
So here I am. I've finally reached Bangkok. In a weeks time I'll be in Cambodia. The next day I take Fred out we will break the 2000km mark. I can't help but feel a sense of accomplishment at this moment. I've had my ups and downs, but not once have I regretted the decision to bike across SE Asia. When I first thought about doing it, it was just that... a thought. I never really expected to actually go through with it. I always thought, in the back of my mind, that I would bail out at the last minute. But here I am. Doing what nobody, including myself ever dreamed I would be doing at this time in my life. I don't want to sound conceited or over-confident, but I don't think there is any harm in having pride in what I am doing.


andre said...

Sawadi Gabrielle...
Your Dad told me of your adventure and blog. I must congratulate You on Your success so far. Your journey and descriptions are causing memories to flood back to me from my times thoughout SE Asia. Observing from a 2 wheel perspective is so much differant than the birds-eye view that I am used to, and I envy Your personal contact with the local population.
Have You had fresh mango and sticky-rice with that sweet white sauce from the roadside vendors? I get cravings for it whenever I think of Thailand. The roads in Kampuchea will shock you, although they may have progressed since I was there. Obviously You will be going to Anghor Wat... nothing can describe that place... and do the central market, as well as tol sleng (prison), and the national museum in Phnom Phen.

Ride and Play Safe Gabrielle.

Cheers, Andre

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