I fancied a bit of exercise the other today and wanted a change from my usual cycling route on the west coast so I decided on heading down the east of the island. This is a much nicer road to ride on as there is virtually no traffic, plus for part of the way it runs by the shoreline so you get a bit of fresh air and some nice,but not spectacular views. And if you aren’t in a hurry you will see sights like the beach above, which I bet 99% of people who whiz past Than Mayom waterfall entrance never realise is there – on the opposite side of the road behind the National Park buildings.
Starting point was Ao Thammachat ferry in the northeast of the island, then I just followed the road south, did a short detour to Salakkok village and continued down the eastern shore of Salakphet Bay to the hamlet of Baan Jek Bae and Karang Bay View Resort which is at the end of the road. Then I came back. Distance was around 55 Km according to Googlemaps, and around 436.7 according to my ‘US$10 from Ebay’ top quality Chinese bike computer which I think has a problem.
A very pleasant ride, pretty hot though, around 35C today, and I probably drank a few litres of water as I was out from late morning until mid afternoon – which probably wasn’t the best idea ever. I didn’t feel like stopping for lunch, it was too hot to eat anything substantial anyway, so I just got a bag full of fried bananas and munched on them. Photos were all taken on my phone which luckily can be operated with sweaty hands.