Rain and Clouds

The first 3 days of out trip seems to have been dominated with drizzling rain and clouds on all the mountains. This has lead to the roof being on for the whole time.

I guess you have to expect this when you leave Bangkok at the end of the wet season. LOL.

The trip out of Bangkok was morning peak hour with us traveling against traffic as we headed north to show our friends at Trans Asia Travel the car and thank them for the help in getting this all going.

We motored north in steaming sunshine which eventually turned to rain as we crossed the range to Mae Sot on the Myanmar border for the night.

Day two was along the Border through many police check point to our overnight stop at the Imperial resort in Mae Hong Son. This resort must be the accommodation of choice for rallies that travel this road. As we stopped at the front the first question from the porter was “How many car are coming tonight?”. he seemed disappointed when i replied “Just us.” This was very evident from the empty foyer and restaurant for both dinner and breakfast.

The next morning the road to Chiang Mai was far more suited to either a W O Bentley Super Sport, a Caterham or something nimble with good brake then Penny loaded for a trip to London with the weather starting out in the 30’s then being sub-zero by November in Helsinki.

The morning was spent climbing over two 1400 metre high ranges which had received first sprinkles in weeks so the surface was extremely slippery with not enough rain to wash the grim for the surface.

The drive was great and while on the road you know why every rally that travels in Thailand seems to use this road. On a clear day it would be even a greater drive than yesterday.

We ended up arriving in Chiang Rai for a 2 night stay at about 7pm after stopping to cook some lunch for Julie as being Coeliac and allergic to Soy make street food very difficult for her.

Today will be spent catching up on emails and looking around town in the afternoon before our departure from Thailand tomorrow

Our Friends at Trans Asia were most interested in the car

Our friends at Trans Asia were most interested in the car

There are always stalls on the road side

The excitment level was a bit damp this morning

Every little village in the mountains has coin operated Fuel and oil for the scooters plus a laundromat.

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