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    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Bloody hell... so now we've got a water feature. I need to get there. Quickly



    One thing I just found out we do have, that I'd like to display a bit better is this bike

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    It's the downhill bike ridden by world champion, Steve Peats, to win a world championship on.
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    Woo hoo... I'm on the way. Watching the Emirates flight crew boarding now. Have an Aussie guy just checked in to the pub. Rode a postie bike with sidecar up from Oz.

    I wasn't going for a few more days, but my body was telling me to stop the heavy lifting. Decided to go today... And here I am. Not looking forward to another 1.45am arrival in Bangkok. Such is life.
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    You are awesome! Congrats!

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    Don’t forgets pics of the Postie Bike with the sidecar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Don’t forgets pics of the Postie Bike with the sidecar...
    I'm still five or six hours travel away, ... Aren't airports fun places to spend 7 hours or so in the early morning hours... But I see my brother has taken some shots. Here's one

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    Tum, my business partner, is a treasure - and has the kitchen and behind the scenes elements humming. There's lots of new gear in already, new staff are on board this week in both the kitchen and bar and we are introducing new menu items. We've introduced our new coffee culture here and the staff are loving it, after initial resistance.

    There's more innovations on the horizon too - and more new equipment arriving every day. It seems our Central Perk sign attracts a lot of shutter clicks too. Might have to get one of the staff to sit out there.... "you take photo... now you buy" (a standard line I encountered in SaPa, Vietnam)

    It's just over six years since I first came here to stay... and last night was a repeat match of what started it all



    Tum won again.

    Meanwhile... she's made me two fabulous cappuccinos already today and my brother is at the machine doing more. We'll be buzzing by the time the McGregor fight starts... with the preliminaries on the screens now.

    Then again, today is all about enjoying the MotoGP on the new big screens.
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    congrats Ian

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    Thanks Lee.

    I think it's fair to say that I've been busy. I'm supposed to be putting together a ride thread... but I need a nanna nap.

    I flew to Bangkok a couple of days ago and promptly got booked. $9 this time... after $15 the other day.

    Failed with the bureaucracy in getting the paperwork transferred, so headed home. I'd flown Tum down to help with the transfer... but, the Thais don't do paperwork very well.

    I headed home the long way, staying in Phetchabun, before hitting the delightful Highway 12.

    It's a pig of a place to ride, that Bangkok - especially with a failed GPS battery... and trying to navigate with a hand held phone.

    Of course, a thunderstorm hit and I got wet



    By the time I'd scored batteries for the GPS, I was out of the rats nest and hammering past the slow cars



    The back roads were quiet and I could test the rev-limiter






    Just as a matter of interest.... I packed for three days here. No need for big aluminium boxes. Hell, I even brought toothpaste and a brush.



    Plenty of open sweepers. Slight modification to the numbers in this photo.



    I had a ball. Hundreds and hundreds of corners like this



    I had a bit of an incident.... sideways and going down... but saved it. Don't know how. GPS said 52 kph... and I reckon I got to 45 degrees to straight and 45 degrees lean, but it snapped back into line. New underpants needed.
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    Livin' large. Good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Thanks Lee.

    I think it's fair to say that I've been busy. I'm supposed to be putting together a ride thread... but I need a nanna nap.

    I flew to Bangkok a couple of days ago and promptly got booked. $9 this time... after $15 the other day.

    Failed with the bureaucracy in getting the paperwork transferred, so headed home. I'd flown Tum down to help with the transfer... but, the Thais don't do paperwork very well.

    I headed home the long way, staying in Phetchabun, before hitting the delightful Highway 12.

    It's a pig of a place to ride, that Bangkok - especially with a failed GPS battery... and trying to navigate with a hand held phone.

    Of course, a thunderstorm hit and I got wet



    By the time I'd scored batteries for the GPS, I was out of the rats nest and hammering past the slow cars



    The back roads were quiet and I could test the rev-limiter






    Just as a matter of interest.... I packed for three days here. No need for big aluminium boxes. Hell, I even brought toothpaste and a brush.



    Plenty of open sweepers. Slight modification to the numbers in this photo.



    I had a ball. Hundreds and hundreds of corners like this



    I had a bit of an incident.... sideways and going down... but saved it. Don't know how. GPS said 52 kph... and I reckon I got to 45 degrees to straight and 45 degrees lean, but it snapped back into line. New underpants needed.
    Most people who pack for 3 days include fresh undies, but yeah, not a lot of room in that little gear sack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Most people who pack for 3 days include fresh undies, but yeah, not a lot of room in that little gear sack.
    More room than it looks. Bit of a Tardis pack. Undies, shirts and socks.... but no spare daks. I was riding in jeans, which got soaked, but had dried by the time I got to each day's end of ride.

    Meanwhile, I just bought a stack of very old teak, with some miscellaneous other timbers included. About US$500 got me one table (not teak), one rather large weird chair (again, not teak), five teak dining chairs and five teak+ bar stools built around old teak wagon wheel centres.





    That chair with the cushion is quite comfortable and is very heavy. It will go somewhere that the girls don't have to move it.

    I've started with a pressure washer - so much ingrained dirt.... and will get Bang to stain / varnish to match the existing wagonwheel based furniture in the bar side.



    Here's the core staff in front of, ahem, Central Perk

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    It has been a busy first month for Tum and I at Riders Corner, but I've taken the time to do a couple of short rides. Excuse the dirty mapping... my excuse is that I need to hard-wire the GPS in.... but this gives the idea.




    We had five bikes on the Samoeng Loop ride... all with the Ulysses Club.









    It was great to get out for a few hours.

    Some of the guys were doing the Chiang Dao loop on Monday.... so Tum and I met up with them for dinner, having done a loop of our own. It started with a laugh, as we were licence checked on the Super Highway. I laughed as they pulled me in "three times today".... they laughed and waved me back out. So, it was left onto the 1001, up to Phrao, left onto the 1150 and then left again onto the 107













    We copped a heavy shower before Phrao, but were dry by the time we met the guys for drinks. Bikes were left at the Huan Chiang Dao Resort... a place we will visit again, and we taxied to Chiang Dao Nest #2 restaurant to have our tongues singed
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    So here's a happy customer



    Franz lost his money belt yesterday - and we helped him out a bit. This photo was at 1.45am, as we were closing up - he stopped off to tell us the police had called as his belt had been handed in. It hadn't been stolen - he took it off whilst having coffee in a 7-11 store - then couldn't remember where the store was. There's dozens of the damn things around here... so we sat at the computer with maps of 7-11 stores and PTT gas stations... and tried to work out where he might have been. That failed... so we took him off to the tourist police HQ.... then we fed and beered him, against his protestations. I got a bit of a shock when he told me how much was in the belt. What we don't know yet is whether it was all (or any) still there when he collected it, but we will find out. Anyhow, at 1.45am, he was one happy Swiss gentleman.

    What started out as a quiet night turned into our latest night by far. An Aussie with two Ducatis saw my bike and stopped in, then our friend, Opal, called in......... and we had a late one



    I have to hide the keys now. She knows how to ride.... but this one's a bit tall for her.
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    ok, you are having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    ok, you are having fun.
    Every day is different....

    Sure as hell meet a lot of interesting characters too.
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    Do Issan and Lao cooking, much more nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purri View Post
    Do Issan and Lao, much more nice.
    Are you rabbiting on about your experiences with ladyboys, or what? Do enlighten us with your worldly knowledge.
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    Greatly enjoying the travelogue!
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    Thanks.

    I went out to the German Sausage place for lunch yesterday with a friend, Colin. It's a 220 baht (USD 6.67) all you can eat buffet on Sundays. Left there well stuffed. Sausages, roast pork with crackling, even a lovely purple ice cream, which I think was based on tapioca.

    It was in the back blocks, about 20km out. This is chasing Colin back to a main road, so I could get back to the pub



    We had a good crowd in for the last MotoGP race last night... and I bowed to the request to start the Ducati up to celebrate their win at Valencia



    France seems to have been evacuated and suddenly we've gone from being overwhelmed with Texans to having heaps of French tourists. These two guys (and another) are out on our rentals today. One of them was too short for the Hondas, so he's on my Lifan

    "Good coffee...."



    I took them down, filled the two bikes that hadn't been out before.... and guided them to a shoe store. Riding all day in flipflops... hmm.



    This French couple are due tomorrow, to take a bike for six days. Checking out the CRF....



    I might have a nice surprise for them... a 500 has become available, and they might be more comfortable
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    Looks like you're thriving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Looks like you're thriving!

    Kevin
    It's starting to become more fun. Lots more to do though.

    Had someone trying to mess with one of my internet pages today... got a trace happening there. Oh the joys of the web.
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    We seem to have people from more countries here at the moment than there are members of the United Nations.

    Lessee what I can remember from the past 24 hours. Lots of Texans (at least four separate groups), a variety of other Americans, Canadians, Germans, French, Brazilian, Thai, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Malaysian, Belgian, Dutch........ and probably more. They are just the ones I've socialised with. Phew... I'm plumb tuckered out....
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    Yeah - definitely more from the United Nations - I'd forgotten the Swiss in that list and the Russians have been in.

    Meanwhile - the two nights of Loi Krathong are done and dusted. We shut early on the first night and I went with the staff to do the float your troubles away thing... but we were rather busy last night. I'll pinch a couple of photos from my friend's FB post of the parade last night. Thanks Opal...











    and one from mine... former owner, Som, called in to say hi

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    An American friend just popped in and I mentioned to him that we just had our first "runner". An Aussie guy who'd hired the Fino for a day, maybe two. I didn't worry about a deposit, as he didn't have much cash... but he left his passport as security and paid cash for the first day. I was out buying the milk when he dropped the scooter back, after two days.... he grabbed his passport and walked out. The American friend pointed out that if we went to the police, the guy would get 5 years gaol/jail. The Thais don't like thieves... and one farang recently did a year for stealing a Mars bar. I must be in a good mood.... I didn't call the cops.
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    I am enjoying your posts, your adventure with photos, details into your world.

    fun, a bit edgy and inspiringly foreign. keep on.
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    Speaking of edgy... it was a bit edgy riding home from a Thai bikies group clubhouse yesterday. They caught me with a toast of some pink stuff that made its presence felt.

    We did a ride down to a Hill Tribe school at Mae Tha - in the Lamphung area, southwest of Chiang Mai. The Lobo MC club has adopted them as a charity project. I was told that they are Kaluen people, but I'm not certain of that. They weren't speaking Thai. As I understand it, they don't have Thai identity cards... which is a common situation, even for third generation born here... and more. I will bone up on how it all works at some stage - but they are certainly a disadvantaged minority.

    The Thai government support them... to a degree. They pay 7 baht a day for the school to feed the kids - that's 21 cents. The Lobo guys and their partners have done a lot to improve the infrastructure at the school.... and the next project, planned yesterday, is to concrete the school access road, to allow wet season access.

    We went down via the 1184 - which I'd heard was a nice ride... and it is. The Lobo VP and I broke away from the group and enjoyed it. I was really impressed with his "Harley" and how it went and handled - although I was staying with him whilst well inside the Ducati's limits. It turns out his "Harley" is a Yamaha Bolt. Much better than a Harley...





    One guy on a Honda Wave had to catch up a few times. The Ulysses Club guy here on the green Kawasaki certainly hunted it along too



    The access road to the school was about 5 km of dirt - concreted in some of the steeper sections.





    The school

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    The school has a lovely location... but it is remote and very sparsely equipped



    Imagine how the health and safety bods would react to a swing above a creek these days in the west... and that creek would roar in the wet season



    Innovation



    At least the main classroom gets them off the dirt floor



    The drinking water is filtered now ... and believe it or not, this is a concrete floor. Not exactly level



    The Lobo guys and one representative from a Thai bikie club - the Hug Kwaai Rider Nugboon MC club - in negotiations with the local guys about future projects.



    This is the bit that's going to be upgraded - to concrete spec
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    Soft sand isn't exactly Multistrada territory either... but we headed back to the Thai clubhouse in the afternoon



    With some stops along the way for icecreams and the like



    The clubhouse



    Hmmmm





    I was given a special Friendship Friend award by the Thai bikies
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    I'm settling back into pub life after a three day ride with some seasoned travelers... one, the editor of an American adventure magazine, another is an expat who spent time in Africa / US / Australia before coming here with his wife and family, and the third is a well-known Aussie around the world rider. I gave the editor my Suzuki DRZ 440 and the others were on a Kawasaki KLX 250 and a rented Honda CBR 150. I took my Ducati. The route was lesser roads mostly, apart from the initial 75km to Chiang Dao and the last 40 km or so to the Thai / Burma border crossing at Mae Sai (the town where the boys who were trapped in the cave come from). The total trip was a tad over 700km. We overnighted the first night in Fang, having ridden some very steep and broken-surface roads along the Burma border.

    This is Burma on the left, Thailand on the right





    Somewhere along that border bit, we encountered trouble. The other three guys all went down at the same time on a very steep, nasty downhill section - the DRZ and the Honda had both boiled their brakes - rear and fronts respectively... and it got ugly. The KLX rider was literally rolling down the road after he dropped the bike... it was that steep. Somewhere near the labels on this elevation profile....



    The DRZ and KLX went down again a couple of km later and one rider went out in a passing truck and we shuffled the bike out of the hills whilst he rested up in a village.

    There's some interesting characters up in these hill tribe areas



    There's no truth in the rumours........

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    One of the Pub's semi-resident rodents. There's about 90 species of squirrel in SE Asia, so I haven't pinned down the species. He seems to live in a large tree over the road at the fort, but crosses the road on the power lines to come visit. When I took this shot, he was complaining about one of the wild cats that live on the roof, which was laying in wait for him.



    Here's a couple more shots from the back roads ride we did the other day. On the 1346







    Through the teak trees on the 1001

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    Looks like you are having a great time! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Looks like you are having a great time! Thanks for sharing.
    Loving it. Christmas decorations are up... and we've made some changes that are attracting tourists.

    Meanwhile, there's been more interesting bike riders coming through. Mahsa, a rather well known Iranian rider came for dinner last night and it was a real hoot.



    First order of business was a Khao Soi - a signature dish of Chiang Mai which we have added to the menu... and, a pedicure... which isn't on the menu, but Tum's daughter, Nom, is a beautician and was happy to oblige. She does my nails too... sans polish.



    edit - a couple more photos from last night

    Mahsa with Jayem and well-known Aussie around the world rider Trevor



    Add moi to the mix and Paul H. Smith, senior editor of Adventure Motorcycling magazine, out of the US.



    and I'm not sure if that pedicure took the record for the latest one performed last night in Chiang Mai, but it must have been close to it...



    I'm liking our new setup... we've moved more tables onto the footpath, and that's where the tourists tend to eat, with bike riders tending to head into the old territory
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    I'm off to get some more photos printed - we've got dozens of really good biking and cultural photos - including a lot of stunning shots by Simon Thomas. There's some other stuff that could use freshening up though... so I'm putting up some of my old favourites. Here's some from the memory stick before I head off to the printers

    One by my son - The Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan



    One by our Danish friend, of me on the Super Endo on Cape York



    A few from Cambodia



    This one being one of my favourites





    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    This one, by Monica, has to go up



    As is this one I took of the elephant with his foot raised over my fallen bike, making as if he's going to stomp it - even though I had the adrenaline shakes and it's a bit blurry



    and Pol Pot's burnt out house

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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