It was that time of the year again for the GTR Memorial Ride.
As coming up from Bangkok we wanted to make a long weekend of it.
So Adrian, Tessa and myself first headed over to Chiang Rai to check out Phu Chi Fa and Doi Pha Tang with an over night in Chiang Khong at Tamilla Guest House.
It is a small world.. On the way out of town we bump in to John Gooding and when at Tamilla Jurgen is staying over night on his way back from Laos… So great to have dinner and ” Beers and Cheers” with Jurgen.
It was a pleasure to ride with Adrian and Tessa.. Like minded.. Not only about the riding and zooming here and there.. but to soak up the local scenery and interact with the locals.
I am not sure how much they liked me after we not only climbed Phu Chi Fa.. But then rode down the track and proceeded to climb Doi Pha Tang a few minutes later.
One thing that was very cute.. The local Hmong kids followed us around when we filmed Destination Thaialnd TV.. The next day I went back and David and I chipped in and bought them 1000 bahts worth of colouring in and reading books..
This time the young girl is there and walks up with us.. Then says in Thai.. Your name is Brian, where is the car with the rest.. Then further up asked where David is.. I was blown away.. What a memory..
If you go up to Phu Chi Fa.. Do take the kids some books etc.. They do like it.. We gave them a tip which goes to the parents.. plus bought them a drink.
Phu Chi Fa
Check out the guy standing at the top left on the ridge line!
Looking down in to the valley below and the Lao town
Doi Pha Tang
Chiang Khong – Tamilla Guest House
Mae Hong Son
Heading back to Chiang Mai… Coffee Break
What a great weekend.. Great sights to visit, fantastic riding and to join with fellow riders in remembering past mates. 1500km over 4 days and never really in a hurry….