Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chiang Mai to Phrao

Two of my brothers and I are in Thailand right now. Our plan is to ride from Chiang Mai to the Laos border and then spend a week or two riding through Laos. Jay hooked us up with three Vientos for the trip and I bought a FreeRadical from Xtracycle and had it shipped to Bangkok. If you have never heard of Xtracycle you should check them out. With the help of the FreeRadical my Viento has been turned into a hauling machine.

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(Lop Buri Train Station)

We packed our bikes into a train in Bangkok and headed north to Lop Buri. We spent a day in Lop Buri before heading north to Chiang Mai.

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(bikes in the cargo car)

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(hanging out in Chiang Mai)

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(riding around some temples in Chiang Mai)

We woke up before dawn for our first day of riding. We were not sure how far we would be able to ride in a day and did not want to kill ourselves. The road started out pretty flat and easy but it was not long before we were riding on mountain roads. We stopped for lunch in a national park and found some cool waterfalls. We set up our tent and spent the day there.

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(outside of Chiang Mai, early morning)

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(riding down a nature trail near a waterfall, after walking up the waterfall James suggested that I try to ride down it. with a free ride bike or a bigger set of balls I could have rode the whole thing.)

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I am now sitting at a guest house 3 Km outside of Phrao. I am pretty tired from waking up so early and pedalling a bicycle with three guys belongings on it. These are just some of the pictures that have been taken so far. When I have some more time (like when I am home) I will go through them all and post the best ones here and have a link to the rest. I can honestly say I do not think I am much of a touring guy. But a couple more weeks of this and I will be in pretty good shape. Maybe I should move back to Canada for the summer and race, this would be good winter training.

I will leave you with two artistic shots that my brother Morgan took. I think the guys from Spank will appreciate the second one.

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Leave some comments let me know what you think. Let me know if you want more details of the touring.

From Thailand,

Rob

9 comments:

Lisa said...

wicked!

Robert Dunnet said...

thanks ... link to my post on pinkbike, pretty much the same http://home-team.pinkbike.com/blog/thailandlaos1.html

FM said...

Hey Rob! Glad you finally made it through customs. Keep the updates coming so we can play virtual tourist!

MartinS said...

That looks like it will be an awesome trip, I'm jealous man!

bansheecolorado said...

cool trip. it sounds like fun. come on out to Colorado next summer, come race with us, tour with us. we'll show ya the goods. How do you like the Viento for xtra life? Devon's was pretty good, but his Scirroco is a little better for it. I want to get a long bike as well, maybe get Jay to think about making a solid frame work bike. xtra long with
29" wheel compatibility? eh? anybody else think that would be cool?

Jack Fogelquist said...

Wow that's sick! Looks like an epic trip! Riding down a waterfall is pretty gnarly haha

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Paul Genovese said...

That looks awesome! Those vientos are crazy aswell.
I really want to ride a waterfall now. haha

Robert Dunnet said...

the waterfall was easier to ride down then the wet logs around it. it was some crazy kind of stone, it was really easy to walk up (shoes on or off) and was scary easy to ride down.

Linden, I was also thinking it would be cool to have a long wheel bike for touring that was 29er compatible. It would not have to be as long as the xtracycle is and would still be able to carry the same amount of stuff. The mind tends to wonder while you are pedaling up a hill for several hours in the sun. Funny that you had the same idea.

I also had lots of time to think about changes I will make if I ever do something like this again, new bikes for the summer and custom colors for the rampant. I do not want to give any of it away yet ... will work on it some more on my next 20km uphill.