Dariya's alarm goes off at 5am, mine at 5:20.
We stay in bed, rolling around, talking, stretching, snoozing until 5:45...waiting for the other one to initiate the day.
I try not to think about how ridiculously early it is.
We put on the clothes picked out the night before.
Breakfast is either some fresh fruit and crackers, or yogurt and muesli.
Pack up the room we called home for one night.
|Finally learned a system to carry all my belongings in one load!|
It's my favourite time of the day, to peddle and watch the sun rise, the city wake up. As the haze lifts from the rice fields around, the store keep is sweeping his square of the side walk. Scooters with all variety of attached side cars are heading out to do business - street food, ice cream, carrying pipes or coal or groceries or his or her entire family, sometimes even the family dog is piled on. If we're lucky, we see the monks go walking door to door to receive the food the citizens have prepared them as Alms in return of their devoted spiritual work for collective awakening.
|All motorbikes in Thailand have a sidecar|
|Everyday I wish I had my camping stove|
The road conditions are typically inversely co-related to the traffic, which is just fine. Main arteries have wide shoulders and decent pavement; small rural roads have no shoulder and sometimes barely wide enough for two cars to pass, typically with big surprise potholes!
For lunch, we pick out a shady spot off the road. A friendly restaurant, a wooden shack on a rice field or in today's case a surprise Orchid garden behind a gas station :)
|I love my $5 hammock!|
It's always hard to get moving again after lunch, specially if we've found a place to hang the hammocks for a siesta!
We roll by 3pm after talking about it for half an hour...
Afternoon ride always includes a break at a 7eleven or Tesco to cool off our brains and body with the AC. Stepping back out always feels like walking into a sauna. Typical afternoon is 30C.
|Healthy Living Shmelty Living|
|Thai Mama called up her son and his friend to entertain us for lunch|
The chore of searching for a place to sleep every night is balanced with the gorgeous colours of sky with the evening sun which beautifies the landscape even more.
Once we find the place, we usually bargain if it seems like they are giving us a tourist price, because we are not tourists, we are travellers ;)
Dinner is either another salad, spiced up with fresh basil and cilantro, carrots and corn; or some specially picked out street food. Ordering street food is always an adventure, trying to make the cook understand that we are vegetarian, we want lots of vegetables in our food, and we want it all fried up again to kill all germs (hopefully not all the nutrition).
|Pad Si Yew - my most favourite Thai dish :)|
|Dariya says, "eat my peanuts and drink your beer, before I eat my peanuts and drink your beer!"|
Then we look at the map and pick out the route for tomorrow, answer some emails if we have internet, and pick out the clothes for tomorrow before crawling into our mummy sleeping liners!!!