A few days ago, the-walk turned 2!
On May the 6th it was 2 years ago that I locked the front door to my rented apartment in Stockholm, dropped the keys down the mail slot and started walking south.
A lot has happened since then and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I am doing.
After leaving Ko Samui, I was in a bit of a hurry as my Thai visa was running out. I hadn’t been managing a lot of miles every day and I was hoping to visit Terje and his family in Hat Yai before I was forced to leave the country. You remember Terje, I first met him in Spain almost 18 months ago and then again in Kuala Lumpur 6 months ago.
I arrived in Hat Yai with one day to spare and Terje, his wife and 5-month-old son spent a day with me sightseeing around the area.
One thing we went to have a look at was a mural painted on one of the walls in the old city of Songkhla, and we were not the only ones. Apparently quite the attraction and in the short while we were there, lots of different groups and couples passed through. Even a group of cyclists stopped to have their bikes photographed in front of the wall.
All the time we were there, there was an older lady sitting quietly on a bench, enjoying the spectacle. I could not help thinking that she was enjoying her own reality show, who needs TV?
But the next day I had to get going, it was the last day of my visa and the border was 60 km away. Terje followed me part of the way and even helped me get some pictures I needed of somebody repairing a puncture. He did not get one but went through the whole procedure anyway, all the while giving me small tips, as I photographed away.
I am now in Georgetown, having a rest day to enable me to get this post done, get the last of the photos needed for the photography course finished and sent off to Sweden and service the bike.
The bike needs a service and I have already bought a new saddle and some new pedals. I really did not want to spend any money on the bike but Terje gave me some tips on good mountain roads to try in the highlands and I decided that I had to fix at least the most important issues before heading up into the mountains.
I hope the new saddle is going to suit me better than the old one, am really tired of having a sore arse!
Deciding to cycle between Hua Hin and Singapore has been a great idea. I have been having some conflicting emotions about doing it as I feel that I should be concentrating on the bigger project, the-walk. But at the same time, it is just this type of little adventure I want to make a part of my life and is one of the ways I want the-walk to influence my future life. My only concern now is that I might miss the coolest time in the Australian desert..
Some people have asked me about the differences between cycling and walking and I will try to write some sort of comparison, but I will wait until I reach Singapore and have a few more cycling miles under my belt.
That’s it for now. Remember to keep walking (ok, or cycling) and if you have not done so yet, sign up for the newsletter. Next issue probably due out when I reach Singapore!