March 19, 2013 – Sukhothai to Phichit
Today's distance: 111km
Distance to date: 1974km
March 20, 2013 – Phichit to Bung Sam Phan
Today's distance: 137km
Distance to date: 2111km
The last two days of riding have been relatively flat. There isn't too much to say about them. We woke up early and had our traditional 7-11 bbq pork bun breakfast so we could get early starts to the long days of cycling. The ride to Phichit was quiet and scenic. There was one point where Houston was stopping every few minutes to get a photo of the rice fields… I was wondering if all of those photos looked the same.
After Phichit we were on a highway with a large shoulder for most of the ride to Bung Sam Phan. We lucked out with the weather since it was overcast for most of the day. It made a huge difference during the 140 km ride how much cooler it feels with the breeze without the scorching hot sun. We ended up turning onto a quiet side road with our last 20 kms to go. The scenery going into town was beautiful but the road was bad. It was full of potholes and large patches to cover up the old potholes which made for a bumpy 20kms. Oh yea we also broke 2000 kms on our tour during this day! Yippy!
Arriving to both of the towns we had trouble finding our hotel. We have literally arrived in the area of Thailand where these midsized towns see very few tourists which also means no English, even the signs for the hotels were only in Thai, and being unprepared Houston and I both do not know what hotel looks like in the Thai language nor do we know how to say it. Oopsies, luckily we ended up finding a hotel after riding around the towns, and now we also both know how to spell hotel in the Thai language โรงแรน (or how we translate it to the English letters Tsviisu).