Cycling 87km on mostly flat terrain from Chiang Dao to Chiang Mai. Nice weather, but a few too many punctured tires.
Time flies! It seems like only a couple of days back when we started our three country trip in Southern Yunnan… but it’s been three full weeks now! Today we finished the last stage of our trip and arrived in Chiang Mai.
Especially the beginning of the stage was overwhelmingly pretty – on small country roads, we rode through picturesque rice paddies and quiet villages, giving everyone time to stop, explore and take pictures.
It got rather hot again towards noon, but we found a nice noodle joint for lunch to fuel up on energy. Again staying on small roads, we cycled into Chiang Mai and reached our hotel comfortably early.
I am happy that while cycling over 1000 km with a rather big group, we have been able to avoid any major incidents on the way! No accidents, no injuries, no missing persons and apart from a few punctured tires and some unadjusted gearshifts no problems with our bikes. Thanks to our three caring support crews who were always there when we needed tham, and to the whole group for cycling cautiously throughout the whole trip!
After our arrival, we relaxed for a while by the hotel pool and then went for a walk to the Chiang Mai night market. Our hotel lies just a bit East outside of the walled old town, making it easy to explore both the old town as well as the area around Nam Ping river. We got an impression of the bustling nightlife of the city – with all its bars and clubs and late night snack points – and after filling our bellies with some delicious street food, we got back to the hotel for a deserved rest.