Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mae Sai by Dirt Bike

It was the last bike on the lot. A dirt bike that was questionable from the start especially with plans to hit a Thai freeway from Chiang Rai, Thailand to the northern border town of Mae Sai, Thailand. Apparently there was a reason that it was the only bike left on the lot:

...It spit oil - everywhere!
...The speedometer didn't work!
...Its burning hot exhaust pipe stretched out where
the passenger's legs went!
...The bike wasn't the only thing that had only one left - a helmet
in my size was the second!
...And the seat wasn't meant to double - apparently
neither was the fender!

So, in one of the most uncomfortable rides of my life we headed doubling down the Thai highway. A relatively busy foreign freeway is not one where you want a breakdown. So we valiantly kept up with the flow of traffic as oil peppered the driver's legs. But the faster our speed went the more the wind resistance seemed to send me sliding down that shaky seat - the fender. And when I wasn't repositioning, I was using my free hand to push the helmet up that had fallen over my eyes.

Next time you hear that there's only one rental left - walk fast - very fast - in the other direction. And don't go driving down Thai freeways on a worn out dirt bike. I know for sure you won't see me out there - at least not on a dirt bike!

Til next time.



Teresa said...

Ha!! Good story! Next time you're out here we'll set you up on our mini bike - and put you out on our yard course! Yee haw!

Marcia Colette said...

LOL! Sounds like a similiar story I had when the stables said that Pepe was the last horse available. I should've known better. That horse like trotting past everyone else, including our guide, with an inexperienced rider on his back.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hey T - you're sensing that visit might be now waiting for snow and no chance that said mini bike is outdoors!

Hey Marcia - Why do they let us city people on horses anyway and aren't they supposed to have brakes and signal lights?