The Siamerican initially told everyone that he was planning to depart for Bangkok early Monday morning, shooting for a the 750 to 800 kilometers (depending on route) to Phetchaburi in one go (leaving only 140-150 kilometer finish to Bangkok for the next day). However, 16 hours straight on a bike wasn’t something to look forward to.
After a dispute with his son Django’s mother on Saturday night, the spontaneity–or better yet, the transcendental subconscious guidance of the Siamerican’s mind at work when suddenly deciding to get in gear ahead of schedule, pacing himself for a less hectic and balanced two day stretch; The trip ahead was thought out and planned carefully, and after 10 days of low-key break in Phuket, the Siamerican was physically and mentally ready to hit the road again, and prepare himself for the second half of university term in Bangkok. Staying upright and surviving long hours on Thailand’s dangerous tar and gravel would have to be executed without flaw first…
Trip Logistics and Route:
Departure was initiated
If you recall the first trip 10 day prior, the Thailand peninsular crossover was marked at the split from
The proposed route back would substitute Ranong with Surathani looking like:
Phuket through Phanga through Surathani through Chumporn through Prachuap Kiri Khan through Phetchaburi through Samut Songkram through Samut Sakorn through Pra pra daeng and onto the Upper sukhumwit apartment.
The Siamerican wanted to see if the route would be faster, shorter, and/or easier to navigate than the Andaman mountain narrow highway route coming through Ranong and Phanga along the Andaman coast on Highway 4.
The prime route via Surathani utilizing
From Phanga to Surathani, maps show several appealing shortcuts on secondary highway to get to
However, cutting north at Tup poot district of Phanga อำเภอทัพปุด on highway 4118, which meets up with highway 401 in south central Surathani, taking one Northeast towards Surathani town, but instead of going to Surathani town, splitting north on highway 4100 which goes through Kiri-rata-nikom district อำเภอคิรีรัฐนิคม, and eventually turning into highway 4262 near Vipawadi district อำเภอวิภาวดี, which would bring one to Asia highway 41 some 20 kilometers north of the Surathani town rat race; Such a route utilizing several secondary highways would possibly save him several dozen kilometers, offer more scenery to take in without constantly stressing about the congestion and danger of large industrial vehicles that transport goods along Thailand’s main highways.
The average raw driving speed would be slower than the main highway, time would also be gained in having less backtracking kilometerage to cover, and avoiding rush hour in Surathani town.
He wanted to see the sea and beach that he had first and last visited six years back, possibly to snooze under the stars, like a lone rider in the wild west days ago. Atleast it was an appealing idea at first for a stint rider.
Unable to properly relax for the night alone at the dark beach, he gazed at the concave of stars and embraced the humming sea breeze for a better part of an hour, always looking over his shoulder as villagers and locals sparingly drove by and parked near the dark night sea side public zone.
The Siamerican finally decided it was better not to be conspicuous stranger in a vulnerable situation and was better off continuing on the road until he found a situation that felt more safe for the first night’s retirement. The idea to sleep bare under the stars suddenly became less appealing as it got later and darker along the
The sidetracking from to lost him some time and kilometers, but he eventually made it back to Asia HW 41 and on the north bound direction.
Speed and Time averages:
On the first day, Sunday March 16, he departed Phuket at 13.00 and covered 433.6 kilometers in 580 minutes, before finally retiring at a truck stop 250 baht motel outside of Chumporn at roughly 10.40 that evening.
The overall average speed for this first day, including stops and breaks time calculated, was roughly 747 meters per minute or 44.85 kilometers per hour. Without break and stoppage time included in the calculations, the adjusted average speed (raw driving only) was 945 meters per minute, or 56.7 kilometers per hour.
For the second leg of the trip, he departed the truckstop-motel at 06.40 and arrived at his
Clearly the second day had a quicker speed. That is because all of the second day was spent on a straight, smooth, and wide highway (
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