Today Temp : 23 - 33c
Time on Bike : 6hr 01 min
Ave Speed : 21.6 kmh Max: 52.5 kmh
Ave Climb : 3% Max: 13%
Altitude: 425m Max: 287m
Today spending : 598baht Total: 11140baht
Sharp at 6am as promised,I was ready to ride.Both Udom and Tao came 5 min later with their own cars.Without wasting any time,I and Udom hit the road while Tao drove his car to park in the railway station for the return train journey expected to be late evening.Tao then joins us at one of the junction 15 mins later. We rode on the Highway 323 to Kanchanaburi,then follow by a right turn into a small road leading to the old town,this is the place where the famous Bridge over the River Kawe situated.Along the row of shop houses,you can see lots of tourists and countless resorts/guest houses.Thanks to the US led Allied forces who bombarded the bridge during the WWII to cut off the Japanese military supplies.As a result, several hundred thousands of death including those who were forced to build and never got the chance to come back.Hence they name this -The Death Railway. And I will get the chance to experience it on my way back.I was given one hour to see around the bridge and take pictures before we continued our ride. Udom/Tao being a good host,shown me some of the interesting places like the Kra Sae Cave , a station where the railway line runs beside a dangerous bend rock cliff with a spectacular view 50m down is the river kawe. And also a great Chinese Temple where I donated 100Baht for a bag of rice. In return, we got a free vegetable lunch.We push for a final 28 km for a total of 130 km to the Wang Pho station where Tao was a former employee,and thru' his good relationship with the station workers,we only paid for the bikes for 90 baht each. For locals its free but foreigners have to pay 100baht. There are many tourists and the locals as well,filling up the seats almost to full capacity with our bikes cramped in the washing corner.The train ride was really an unforgettable experience of a lifetime,not only in term of his great history,but the splendid scenery of its rock cliffs and river views, and the wonderful fact is,after so many years, it's still running !!!! By 8pm we finally finished the 4 hours long train ride in Ban Pong.We headed for dinner straight where I paid the bill for 270 baht as my thanks to both my wonderful hosts Udom/Tao.If not for them,my work will be a lot more difficult to do it on my own. Tomorrow I will catch a overnight bus to Chiang Mai and start riding from there.The reason for this is - my Thai 30 days visa will be expiring on 7th Aug,it is impossible for me to ride all the way,what's more with many mountains ahead.Udom and Tao will fetch me there.