I woke up at 5:50am, i had packed my bags the night before and prepped some fried rice for breakfast, even my drinks were mixed and ready for consumption. The plan for the day was to ride from Laen Son National Park on the Andaman sea side to Thung Wua Laen beach on the Gulf of Thailand side. The estimated distance was 180km according to Google Maps.
I rode up highway 4 and turned off on the 4006 road across to highway 41. When plotting my route across country I could not see what kind of terrain I would be riding through. When I turned off onto the 4006, I was faced with a hill, that turned into a mountain quite quickly. After climbing for about 5km I managed to get over the mountain, despite getting to ride downhill for a while, I knew the climbing would not be over for a while. I ended up riding for between 65-70km of rolling hills.
Next up I had to travel along highway 41 up towards Chumpon. I managed to maintain a fairly solid pace on the highway and made up for lost time in the hills. Near to Chumpon I took a shortcut to get off the highway, after riding along the highway for a while it gets tedious.
I used a combination of my Galaxy SIII and Garmin Edge 800 to navigate through back roads of Chumpon. My navigation skills have improved significantly over past couple weeks of cycling. I eventually got out of the tiny back roads and back onto a main road where I found a sign confirming that I was indeed headi to Thung Wua Laen.
My sugar level was dropping fast, my power dwindling, no matter how much Hammer Nutrition I consumed I could not get my power up, this meant one thing I needed actual food. I decided to stop at a random road side restaurant. It turned out to be a noodle soup restaurant, so I ordered a bowl and also an EST Cola (Thai version of Coca Cola). Delicious meal and the cola was great too, my power came back within 5 min of eating.
After recharging I rode the last 12km into Thung Wua Laen, when I arrived I rode around asking about rooms and eventually found the Clean Wave Resort, 500baht for a room and friendly staff. I was in dire need of a liquid meal, after 9,5hrs out on the road It was definitely Chang O’Clock.
The beach looked inviting so I decided to take a stroll until sunset. i had dinner and watched sunset alone from the Clean Wave restaurant contemplating the the day’s achievement. I was extremely happy with what I had done.
As it became dark I decided to take a walk along the beach road to see what night life there was. I found a cool little bar, went in ordered a beer and sat down. I noticed a Thai family there playing pool, I asked if I could join in, I quickly figured out they didn’t know the rules of pool. For the next 5 or 6 games I showed them the rules of pool.
After a few beers, I decided to head back to my bungalow. Before I got back to my bungalow I noticed another bar that looked more lively than the first bar I was at. I decided to pop in, play some more pool and continue drinking.
I met a crew of Germans, nice people, we chatted for a while. Then a Thai guy and a British stopped in at the bar. The Thai guy was wearing a tshirt saying Ban Krut, so I told him I was heading to Ban Krut their the morning, he told me that I had to have his tshirt… He promptly took off his tshirt, he told me that I must have it and put it on right away… I didn’t argue, it was a cool tshirt. It was getting late, so I headed off to bed.