Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mountain Biking Part 2

There are three different cycling routes according to difficulty. Our guides said that all three will stop at this tea house, about one fifth of the journey. So we could decide to change to a harder level or to an easier one

I was already covered in mud, bruises and cuts by the time we got here!

I had ginger tea... which came with sugar in it! Everything in Thailand has sugar in it, i wonder how the girls remain soooo thin!

I looked at my wounds and gasp! Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it as i blog!

There was leech on my right knee!!! Eeek!!! I ran to my guide Lek, who just flicked it away like it was nothing because it was tiny...

We continued on our journey... stopping every now and then. We realised S had a flat back tyre!

For us 5 cyclists, we had 2 guides. They took really good care of us. Both of them fixing S's flat tyre

When we are not cycling, just dump the bike on the floor!

It does not have the stand thing

I started to take photos of my muddy knee guard and wounded shin

AK decided to join me. She's smart to wear jeans, and she's the best cyclist, the only one who didnt fall!


S is from China and she made a joke about the bicycle tyre being of low quality and that its must have been made in China! Funny girl!
Almost done, and then we were on our way!

Some parts of the trail was smooth and some of it was a lot more bumpy

Stretches and stretches of these orangy earth, really bumpy ride. I tend to sit on the bike rather than stand... so my butt hurts

This has gotta be the worst!
Hate it! I couldn't stay on the narrow tarmac part, but the orange earth in between was no better. I felt down four times! The back wheel of my bike actually flew up a couple of times when i used the brake!

Awful awful, i was going so slowww, cautious. I was left farrr behind, while AK and S were well ahead. Neither one of them fell. Each time i fell i'd get back up and go again
The guide told me to keep my eyes on his butt and not follow too closely! Hahah, and it actually works. In terrains like that, what u are supposed to do is look far ahead and not look in the near distance.

If u look far ahead you will be able to judge and better control your bike. I know, theory seems simple but it was hard putting it to practice! Later got the hang of it =)

Like kindergarten bestfriends on this trip! We were inseperable, just clicked

Rode past a few paddy fields, it was sooo beautiful but many times i didnt stop to take photos, barely had time to take in the view as i cycled by. We did stop every few km to regroup and wait for the British couple

And to camwhore!!! =) Photos taken by our guide Lek

Chinse S, Japanese AK and Malaysian me

My bike on the floor again
While listening to S complain about China's political issues and how Facebook is banned over there

British B, S, me, British M and AK hidden by plants! Hahha.

Another part i hated is when we had to cycle uphill. Just. Not. Fit. Enough. Most of the trip is down hill though thankfully

Click here for Part 1
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Click here for a list of Thailand blog posts


Out of Sync said...

Loved the pictures, looks like a lot of fun, and definitely makes the blog post much more exciting. I think I might have to 'borrow' that idea for my own blog =P

Where abouts in Thaliand was this?

Sue Lin said...

Hey, thanks! =) Hahah, what idea are u gonna borrow??? Its common to post pix and narrate an outing, so go ahead, knock urself out =P

Chiang Mai which is North Thailand, i lurrrrrve it there !