TANDOIDSCurrent Location: Bangkok
Distance travelled: 7,538 km
Broken Spokes: 3 (1st at 5,900 km, 2nd at 7,274 km, 3rd at 7,515 km)
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today,” Thomas Jefferson, American founding father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Well, here we are. Bangkok. It’s exactly where we tried so hard not to be. Our efforts to avoid the teeming millions have failed because we ignored the advice of Thomas Jefferson, a man who knew a thing or two.
|A third spoke breaks and we know we have a problem that can't wait in the
hope that we will find a good bike shop somewhere in Cambodia.
The first sign of trouble with the front wheel of our tandem came way back in Malaysia.
We replaced a broken spoke and went to considerable efforts to find a bike mechanic who could true the wheel for us, then moved on. The second spoke went 1,374 km later.We replaced it but did nothing more.
See more at tttp://2xtandem.blogspot.com/2012/12/ghost-island.html
|Being entertained by a family while we wait in Prachin Buri
for a train to take us the 100 km to Bangkok.
|We rested up at a lovely old guesthouse in Ayutthayah.
|When we emerged it was to take in the sights, not to bother about the squeaks coming from the front wheel.
The second morning, I stepped particularly hard on a pedal as we pushed off after a breakfast stop and suddenly there was that ping sound with which we are becoming familiar. I replaced the spoke on the side of the road while Judy checked the map. The next nearest town with a railway station was Prachin Buri, 25 km away. We rode off in that direction as gently as possible, hoping to avoid another breakage. By 4.30 that afternoon we were on a train bound for Bangkok and enjoying the company of two English cyclists http://www.melandmattwilliams.blogspot.co.uk/ who were making for the Thai capital after four months in S.E. Asia. Four hours later, all four of us were negotiating our way out of the city’s main railway station and trying to find somewhere to stay.
|Burnoff fires after sugarcane's been harvested. Taken from
train window on way to Bangkok.
|Coming off a Bangkk train with our respoked wheel.
Cost: TB620 or about NZ$25.
If we’d listened to that sage advice from Thomas Jefferson, we could have done it in one and avoided that gnawing sensation in my stomach.