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Andre Jute

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2023, 06:13:34 pm »
There's the riddle: did the Thai mural come before the Beatles crossed the road, or did it inspire the Beatles to cross the road?

Super photographs, Matt.

John Saxby

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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2023, 02:21:14 am »
Nicely done, Andre.

Reckon the big fella with the tummy knows the answer, but he's inscrutable, and jolly pleased with his secret.

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2023, 01:36:50 pm »
There's the riddle: did the Thai mural come before the Beatles crossed the road, or did it inspire the Beatles to cross the road?

Super photographs, Matt.

And why did the Beatles cross the road?

To reach the ATM perhaps?
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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2023, 09:23:42 pm »
Sounds like you're having a great time, plenty of days left for a load more experiences.

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2023, 09:10:57 am »
Sounds like you're having a great time, plenty of days left for a load more experiences.

Thanks PH.
It's been a funny ol' tour. Unlike previous ones, I've not had a tight schedule and stopped for rest days whenever I needed one or found somewhere I liked to explore. As we know, cycling brings us closer to the environment, culture, folks and sights.
But when I've dropped anchor for 2 or 3 days, well, I feel I've gained quite a lot more .
I consider myself very fortunate to be in this position. And don't take it for granted.
Boxes are ticked every day.
Hard to think of how things could go better.

I never like the hassle of flying back with my bike but since I've done it four times I should manage fine.
I'm a worrier by nature but keep telling myself, relax and enjoy the moment.
And there have certainly been quite a few here.

At Bangkok airport, unbeknown to me there is a special ' fast' lane at immigration for us err... mature folks. Saves lining up with dozens of other people.
I joined the standard queue and was suddenly taken by the elbow and shouted at by a very nice young lady.
"Far queue, far queue".

Not the nicest of welcomes, I thought. Until everything was revealed!

Cheers from Phattalung.

Matt
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Andre Jute

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2023, 10:32:26 am »
There's the riddle: did the Thai mural come before the Beatles crossed the road, or did it inspire the Beatles to cross the road?

Super photographs, Matt.

And why did the Beatles cross the road?

To reach the ATM perhaps?

Well fielded, sir! I didn't even know that Thailand is a cricketing nation...

The Beatles crossed the road, choose one or more,
a) to give John's "big fella with the tummy" something to chuckle about,
b) because they were following the chicken to ask him the reason,
c) to get to the ATM in Matt's photo,
d) to reach the Abbey Road Studios.

Time of your life, Matt. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2023, 12:15:43 am »
That's me just about to finish my tour here in Thailand.
Wonderful time in a fantastic and interesting country.
Definitely on my to do again list.

Raven performed faultlessly.

Pleased to answer any questions.
Link to my crazy guy page:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/TimetotryThai

Cheers folks

Matt
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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2023, 10:54:54 am »
Hope you had a good trip back and enjoyed the bonus overnight.  What an amazing trip, life changing experiences, I suspect the memories will be with you forever and you're enjoying the post tour reflections and the reacclimatising isn't too hard!

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2023, 09:36:06 pm »
Hope you had a good trip back and enjoyed the bonus overnight.  What an amazing trip, life changing experiences, I suspect the memories will be with you forever and you're enjoying the post tour reflections and the reacclimatising isn't too hard!

Thanks - yes - all back to normal - whatever that is?
Funny you should mention re-acclimatising.

After my first tour to Tajikistan and Kyrgystan for the Pamir Highway, I was contacted by a post grad student working on a paper about how folks coped with returning to normality after a ' life changing ' experience.
Apparently quite a lot of folks find it hard to settle back into normal life.
I must admit to having a few err.. issues, when I returned.

It's an interesting subject.

Yes, it was an amazing trip and I learned a lot from it - about local folks and also myself.

I now never bring up the subject unless asked. Nothing worse that someone who bangs on and on about how wonderful life if is while bike touring.

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Matt
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Andre Jute

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2023, 09:52:22 pm »
I now never bring up the subject unless asked. Nothing worse that someone who bangs on and on about how wonderful life if is while bike touring.

A prophet is not honoured in his own country. -- Ecclesiastes (probably)

Thanks for going and sharing, Matt.

John Saxby

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« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2023, 02:50:48 am »
Thanks, Matt.

It can be difficult, for sure, "No longer at ease in the old dispensation/With an alien people clutching their gods."  (From Eliot's The Journey of the Magi)
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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2023, 08:04:22 pm »
Thanks, Matt.

It can be difficult, for sure, "No longer at ease in the old dispensation/With an alien people clutching their gods."  (From Eliot's The Journey of the Magi)

Thanks John. That's new to me and I'll follow it up with reading the work by Mr. Eliot.

A couple or 3 quotes I keep handy with me while away:

A man who hasn't traveled, has no eyes.

I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list.

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It's lethal.
Paulo Coelho.

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Matt
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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2023, 08:12:58 pm »
Hi folks.

Finally finished off my Thailand trip blog.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/TimetotryThai

I'm seriously considering returning next year. It had all the things I like: good weather, good food, cheap accommodation, flat roads with wide cycle lanes, friendly folks, interesting scenery and a safe vibe. Folks appeared to be happy with life there. I never once felt unsafe and was frequently overcome with strangers generosity.

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Matt
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Andre Jute

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2023, 06:33:18 pm »
Super photos, Matt. I vote for Thailand too if you're going to have more memories like these.

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Re: Time to try Thai
« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2023, 07:49:52 am »
Fabulous share Matt. Thanks for letting us vicariously ride along. As the UK summer ebbs away your timing is spot on.