We may not be driving a full size motorbike here in Chiang Rai, but spending four days on a 125 cc scooter driving through winding mountain roads and traffic has definitely reignited that yearning to drive a motorcycle through a continent.
After our motorcycle school with Smiling Albino, we set off for the northern Thai town of Mae Salok. The first 30 km were quite a thrill as we drove on the main highway that runs through Thailand from Malaysia to the Myanmar border. Speeding along while following Scott our fearless leader we wove through traffic of fellow motorcycles, transport trucks and buses. We managed just fine, but were relieved when we turned onto the quieter and less traveled road to Mae Salok.
The countryside was a beautiful blend of rolling hills and green jungle. There wasn’t another tourist in sight and we had the entire road to ourselves. I felt a big grin on my face for the entire ride. I could have driven all day and was happy to hear that we had at least another hour of riding when we stopped for a coke at a local shop.
It was mid day when we reached the Mae Kok River where we caught a longtail boat to the Huai Khum Village Resort. This is about as remote as it gets when staying in a lodge in Thailand. We drove three hours outside of Chiang Rai to Mae Selok village and then took a 2 km boat ride to this secluded resort on the river. Here you will see hill tribes and villagers going on with their lives without the influence of tourists. Children play in the water as they have for centuries, men fish with hand made nets and longtail boat captains navigate the river with great skill and ease.
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I didn’t want to do it. I looked for every excuse leading up and during to our voyage to Antarctica trying to justify why it would be ok if I didn’t take the Polar Plunge.
I had never witnessed so many shades of blue and I couldn’t comprehend the beauty around me.
But what we were really excited to see was the sculpture of a whale skeleton that someone put together years ago.
I was mesmerized by the icebergs in Antarctica- each unique like a snowflake.
Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.
First rule of ‘Kayak Club’ in Antarctica is that you are not late to kayak club meetings. The second rule of kayak club is that you ARE NOT late to kayak club meetings.
I had made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. Nope. Not doing it.