Chiang Mai Part two
After a day of recovery from the jungle trek with our guides we decided to go up to Wat Dio Suthep, where I will be doing my meditation retreat on the 12th of February to the 4th of March. We rented a motorbike and took it up there. Whne we reached the part of the mountain that is the entrance to the stairs that lead up to the wat there where so many people that we thought to continue to on to a sumit for a nice view. We went to the summit which had a nice view of a village bellow and some of the forest/jungle. We did not feel like going to the wat so we continued onto visit a hill tribe, following the signs. Along the way to the hill tribe we stopped at a hut that made coffee from the coffee fields right beside the hut- can't get any fresher coffee! The coffee was delicious, I never imagined that coffee could taste so great! We met two women from Austria who were staying at the guest house hut beside the coffee hut. We decided to not visit the hill tribe and go straight to the lake that we were planning on going to as well. To get to the lake you need to pass through the mountain pathways that were exactly like the previous jungle treks pathways-steep,sharp and uneven. It was quite a lot of fun until it wasn't for a moment when we crashed the bike! We were making a video of the ride and as I was distracting Ben with the camera in his face. He lost sight of the path for one second and we lost traction and slid the bike to the left, with us partly falling off to the side. I smashed my left knee which is still to painful to kneel on (5days or so later) and Ben got two nasty open road burn wounds on his elbow. Too bad we only got me saying "ow!" before I turned off the camera. Thankfully a group of bicycle tourists came along and had pain killers for my knee and disinfectant for Ben's elbow. I was shocked at first, it was painful but not the worst pain. Then after a minute when we realized that we were OK we started laughing a lot- it was a rush! We sat on the path for ten minutes or so to clam down and then got back on. It was painful to bend my knee and we went extremely slowly until we reached paved road a few hours later. The scenery was quite beautiful again along the way to the lake.
The lake was a most welcome reprieve from the bike of insanity. I got some ice for my knee, a lot of beer and a lot of food. The lake was lovely with free tubes to float in and small open thatch roof huts with a small low table for your food on the edge of the lake. There was a group of ten or so teenaged Thai boys who seemed quite interested in me, they went silent and stared and then yelled hello at me when I was walking to our hut from the bathroom in my suit. When I was floating in the lake on my tube they went silent again and started taking pictures of me. Hmm like a celebrity! We eventually left and when we got back to the Happy House I was extremely exhausted like the first jungle adventure. Another nutty motorbike trip!