Well, I guess my mid-life crisis has started, so I got myself a bike. After a kind offer from some kind folks in Isaan, I managed to pick up a bargain in the form of a Honda VF 750 S 'Sabre'. It had been rebuilt and that is what I had to pay for. The guy seems to have done a 95% job on it which is as good as can be expected out here.
We had a fair bit of gear to take to Udon from Bangkok, so I thought the train would be nice. And it was. It cost about 2,500THB for a first class cabin, but it was comfortable. The only downside was that it was bloody freezing as the AC was too high.
It smelled of
& KFC, so it wasn't all bad. One had to go to the rear of the carriage to have a tab though.
We arrived in Udon at around 7.45 and thawed out in a tuk-tuk on the way to the Irish Clock
for brekkie. I had arranged to meet Milo at 8am to get the bike, but he didn't manage to meet me until 10. Plonker!
He took me over to his house and I sat on a proper bike for the first time. Milo has a dodgy looking Suzuki, but his missus' bike is nice. A black choppery thing.
I rode the bike back to the Irish Clock and I didn't die, which was a bonus. Then, after meeting up with Norton, it was off to Texpat's place, just outside of Nong Khai. The road was straight and flat, and Milo
came along for support (thanks mate). The midget rode with Norton in the pickup, as I wanted to get a few miles under my belt before she rode with me.
We spent Christmas Day at Texpat's and his lovely wife looked after us all very well. There was a fair bit of
consumed and Tex announces that he was going to join us on the trip. He got rather excited and got his gloves and helmet out before proceeding to pretend to ride his imaginary V-Max around the garden wearing only his bike garb and boxers.
We woke up the next morning nice and late and I suggested to Tex that he rode the first leg (as I was chicken
). So he did.