Hello all in the Udon area..
I would like to extend an invitation to you all to join us for our monthly day ride at Chiang Rai which occurs next on 2 May. I know that most of you are a good distance from Chiang Rai but we do have people who come from far away to join us. It would most likely be a three day trip for most of you but it is also a good excuse to get out and see some country.
Our rides are not tightly controlled nor overly organized. Any person can call the ride for the next month or months and make the route we will follow. So, we will get a wide range of routes and scenery as the months progress. The day rides start generally at 09:00 after a 08:30 meet-up at a local petrol station and coffee shop. We are a varied group and have a wide range of bike sizes and style that participate. In the past, we have had from 90 cc scooters all the way up to 1,800 cc Harleys. We leave the start point together and very quickly, we each find ourselves in much smaller groups of bikes and bikers that fit our own riding styles and speeds. Later, we meet up again for lunch at some point on the route and have time for socializing and meeting new riders. We will typically have one or more trucks or cars with us. Those are occupied by wives, girlfriends or what have you that want to attend but don't want to spend the day on a bike. Those ladies bring along cold drinks, fruit and other snacks for all to enjoy at the various rest points or lunch stop. After lunch, we start out again and complete the route, generally losing a number of riders who find that at some point, it is closer for them to break away and head for home than to continue to Chiang Rai City. There are usually faster bikes and bikers who cover a lot more ground and side routes than the slowest of us and still manage to meet up with us at the lunch break.
Riders stop where they want for a rest, a smoke, a coffee or to take pictures. There is no pressure or suggestion to stay with the group or to end up where the rest of the group does. It really is about meeting people, socializing, getting out and seeing some new roads. I doubt you’ll find a more laid back outing with a nicer group of people. Big egos and talking smack aren’t a problem with this group. We are from a variety of nations and backgrounds, have no place to be and all day to get there and really are just out for a pleasant day. Most are not die-hard bikers but just folks who have moved to Thailand to live and relax and enjoy getting together once in a while with like-minded folks. We have Thais who ride with us as well and we are getting more of those as this thing progresses.
I’ll post the May 2 details below and if I can upload the map route, I will. Please feel free to get out of your home area for a few days and join us. If any of you need advice on rooms or hotels for Chiang Rai, let me know and I’ll provide what info I can. We also have a day ride e-mailing list and if any of you would like to be on that, let me know. I’ll add you to it. We do not send out any ads or junk mail with these addresses. The mailing is only about day ride info. And lastly, this has nothing to do with our business or promoting our business. We just seem t be the people that do the legwork to get everyone together, and we’re happy to do that.
Following is the e-mail with details that went out to all on the list:
The May Day Ride date has been moved to the 2nd of May to avoid May 1st holiday traffic. May 1 is a national holiday in Thailand.
Here is a link to the Google map showing the meet and start point for the ride- http://g.co/maps/up73v
As always, all sizes and styles of bikes are welcome. Most of us won't be in any hurry and breaks/stops for smokes, pictures, chats, sightseeing and rain avoidance are up to the individual riders. When the group leaves the start point, you'll quickly find yourselves riding in smaller groups of riders who share your style and speed of riding. Getting lost, taking wrong turns, short cuts and scenic by-ways is highly acceptable, as sooner or later, we all end up at the same place and there is no hurry to be any where at any time. Faster bikes/riders will no doubt add a few kilometers to the route and still make the lunch stop in time for some idle chat. As much as this is a nice ride and nice day out, this is an opportunity to meet some new people, make some new friends and share info about favorite rides, routes and places to visit.
The ladies are planning on bringing the refreshments in four wheel vehicles and they welcome all of the other ladies who wish to attend but don't want to spend the day on a bike. If any of you have someone who wants to join with the others in bringing refreshments and a truck or car, that person/s, if they choose to, they can contact Woraphat so they can get together on who is bringing what and who. Woraphat can be reached at this e-mail address or at the number below.
Details of the ride are below-
Wednesday 2nd May
to avoid the holiday on the 1st. We hope that suits everyone and better to ride on a non-holiday day.
Meeting place; Amazon coffee shop at the PTT petrol station on highway 1 in Chiang Rai, just south of the Kawasaki dealer.
Meeting time; 08:30
Departure time; 09:00
Coffee, petrol, tire inflation, snacks and restrooms are available at the PTT
Route- This is a different kind of ride to the Phayao ride. The first part is a bit
boring, down main road 1211, but then after Charin Resort, you get into some
great twisties. Up and over the Lum Nam Kok National Park on the 3037. There
is a coffee shop at the top of Doi Chang (of course) that I think does food
too, or there is a resort in Wawi that has a restaurant. Then the 1089 back
to Mae Chan is always fun. The last run back to Chiang Rai is highway 1.
If anyone needs any type of clarification on any of the above, please let us know. Our e-mailing list for this ride has almost doubled since last time but if any of you know of anyone else who wishes to be on the list, please forward this to them and have them contact me. Also feel free to post this on your websites or blogs and forward to any other local publishing persons as you see fit.
Marty and Woraphat