2 days cycling and trekking in Doi Suthep national park
After being almost motionless on the 2 weeks on the silent meditation I felt I need some excersise and adventure. I saw a hill nearby with a temple on the top. I saw it is on the west from Chiang Mai so thought would be a good idea to take my tent, sleeping bag, water filter, salted peanuts, some toilet paper and disappear for 2 days. I hired a bike and off I went. After setting off I realised the seat is a bit uncomfortable but a kind homeless man helped me to get it straight. After that I thought nothing can stop me.
After cycling 10 minutes on flat road I went breathless. I thought that this cycling tour was not a good idea as I am completely unfit. However I was thinking the same of many of my ideas and still I always had a good adventure, so was hoping for the same. I think I reached Doi Suthep national park when the road started to go uphill. The uphill was long, very long (I found out it was a 27 km long nonstop uphill). Drivers were honking, giving me encouragement to push it harder (what I wanted to think), but probably they just wanted me get out of the way.
At one of the big curve my chain has fallen off, but managed to put it back with my hands covered with black oil. Of course after this I realised that I did not apply suntan oil so I mixed up well the chain oil and suntan lotion and ended up cycling with a black face. After a few hours I reached the temple and I thought all my ordeals were over. Then I saw these stairs which seemed endless:
The next day I found out this is not the top of the mountains of Doi Suthep national park. I was only at 1100m and the top is 1685m. I was very tired but I did not came here to have a rest so sat on the bike and went further on the road. After a while next to the road I saw a walking trail so I thought my bum hurts anyway from the bike, so decided to check the trial out. There was absolutely nobody nearby, I thought it was exciting to walk alone in the jungle on my own until I saw this:
I decided to turn back as it just freaked me out. I sat on the bike again and I carried on cycling when reached the Doi Suthep Hmong hill tribe village.
When reached the main campground from where I found a walking trial going up to the top and decided to walk the last 200m elevation. The trial went through jungle, just green, no freaky sculptures.
After all this uphill cycle I finally managed to go downhill. Which ended up in a proper downhill biking. It was very steep most of the route with many rocks sticking out from the awkwardly dried mud. I wish I had a mountainbike with a telescope to make it less bumpy. I was cycling downhill for over 10 km and only hoped all the way this is the right route as I would not have been able to cycle back. It was so bumpy that my sleeping back always fell off from the back of the bike but managed to solve the problem quickly:
I found out later the this was apparently one of the finest downhill mountain bike route in Thailand. The route finished at the lake which I was just hoping for. The Huay Tung Tao lake. Its a very romantic beautiful little lake with a very cool restaurant.
I know from here I had to go south to get to Chiang Mai.
I concluded that this little adventure was a good idea.