Neither Paul nor I have wrote extensive blogs about adventure or observations the last couple of weeks as much as I’d like to. However, we’ve been kicking butt with social media and the short tid bits on places to stay and travel information on facebook. Sorry about that for all you enjoying the stories. Unless you’re a traveler, then “you’re welcome!” Although our poetic selves have not been expressed lately via blogging, we have scootered over 600 kilometers (not including extensive detours into tribal villages), let our butts go numb, tumbled off longboards, found amazing artisan craft areas, been soaked in the rain and mud, walked through markets until our feet hurt, carried 30 pound bags of goods through crowded streets, and seen ridiculously large spiders and amazing smiles. To put it all in simpler words; we’re exhausted.
After a day of exploring to find goods or learn about the culture, our minds and feet are so overly stimulated that all we want to do at the end of the day is nothing. Being jacked up on coffee and questionable versions of Redbull, there are only so many trucks of hay and semis we can pass and be passed by on little 125cc scooters around blind turns to make us question the value of our lives and what is worth doing for Liquid Gypsy, lol. The roads we had the privilege of riding are world known (at least for travelers) for their beautiful double takes around every curve. The loop we did was one hot curvy Momma. Day one we started in Chiang Mai and went to Mae Hong Son. Day two we rode from Mae Hong Son to Pai. Stayed a couple days in Pai and then day three (of driving) went to Mae Sariang and enjoyed the tribal, rural feel. Last day of driving we returned to Chiang Mai by the evening just in time for the weekend night market. Each leg was about 3 hours but we took at least 5.5 to do it because we got distracted by caves, hot springs, beautiful scenery, and curious tribal towns.
In total, we spent about 6.5 days to do what’s normally a 3 or 4 day loop. The great thing about it is we could have taken a month to do that loop there were so many wonderful national parks and nice people to get to know! Next time! All in all, the last week was totally fun, magical, and at times stressful and exhausting. Every moment was worth it and at the end of the day, despite any anxiety to see more and do more, we realize that we are grateful for what we did see and do, and next time we will have another separate wonderful adventure full of other activities. Please stay tuned for more stories filled with details with some of the places and people we came across in Northern Thailand. There are hundreds of stories we could write so hang tight while we put together which ones to share. Thank you! Tonight we skipped the majority of the night market to rest our legs and have a cold beer instead. Sometimes you just gotta draw the line. We’ve learned so much so time to relax now. FANTASTIC!