This mailing goes out to all on our Chiang Rai Bikers Day Ride mailing list. If you would prefer not to receive this, just let me know and I will remove you from the list. If you know of someone else who would like to receive this information, please forward this to them and/or have them contact me to be added to the list. Please feel free to post this to any blogs, bulletin boards or websites that you know of where the information may be useful. The Chiang Rai Bikers Day Ride is typically held on the 10[sup]th[/sup] of each month, allowing some folks a weekend to ride and others a weekday to ride throughout the year. We can’t make every ride convenient for all bikers but we try to make sure all bikers can join us for some of the rides each year. Welcome all to the Chiang Rai Bikers Day Ride. The next monthly ride will be 10 September, a Monday. The route proposed by the latest volunteer route planner is approximately 230 km. Keep in mind that there may be a few minor tweaks to the route proposed below but any updates will go out in plenty of time prior to the ride. A rough description of the route and itinerary is as follows- Leave the PTT and Amazon Coffee meeting spot and head south, turn left at the first set of traffic lights and head towards Wiang Chaing Rung (Highway 1 to Highway 1232 to Highway 1173) From there, head towards Waterford Valley Golf Resort Somewhere in that area, we will have the first coffee stop. We will nail that one down in the coming days and get that info out to all prior to the ride. Then to Phaya Mengrai. Then to Theong. At the traffic lights at Thoeng, hang a left and about 1.5km down the road we turn right and follow the soi down for 3 or 4 km. There are about 6 or more prawn farms. We will go to the one with the best parking and seating for us that has reasonable food. After lunch, we go to Chiang Kham via the route shown on the map. The road to Pa Daet is all ripped up so this route gets us to the main drag to Chiang Kham. Have coffee at the PTT Amazon at Chiang Kham. Take the Chiang Kham bypass to Chun road and turn off to Pa Daet - well sign posted. Then the route is the same one taken, but in reverse, 3 or 4 rides back when we first went to Phayao. Arrive at Pa Daet. Then to Chiang Rai. For a look at the route on the Google map, click this link- http://goo.gl/maps/hqGsy The start and meeting point for the ride is the PTT and Amazon Coffee Café on the Super Highway (Highway 1) near the old bus station in Chiang Rai, just south of the Kawasaki dealer. You can find the PTT on this map- http://goo.gl/maps/jMLhX Meeting time: 08:30 Departure time: 09:00 Coffee, petrol, tire inflation, snacks and restrooms are available at the PTT and Amazon. In the past, there have been a few folks who have wished they could contact me before or during the ride. Here is my phone number for those who wish to enter it into their phones- 087-726-9818. I wear my helmet headset on the rides so you can call any time and expect me to pick up. If you’re lost, I am not sure I can help but if nothing else, maybe I can come find you and we can be lost together. Woraphat’s number is 089-429-4562 for those who may need a Thai speaker to help them out. Folks, anyone can plan a ride. If you think you have a good route for us to run in the future, let us know. If you need help sussing it out, I and others are always happy to scout it all out with you and nail it down prior to the ride date. And if you have a route that doesn’t need any scouting or help, let us know that and what month you would like to call it. Woraphat and I will do our best to disseminate the info to all in English and Thai and get the best participation we can for your ride. And by the way, just because this info is in English and Thai doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of participants from non-English speaking countries. We have folks from all over. The English thing means only that I can’t speak or write another language. Feel free to translate this and pass it on. The Chiang Rai Bikers Day Ride is not a club event, a sponsored event or a closed event. It is open to all who wish to attend and have a way to travel or can hitch a ride. All sizes and styles of bikes are welcome, as are cars, trucks, vans and so on. We always have bikes from around 100 cc’s up to at 1,800 cc’s. Bikers of all skill levels and riding styles are welcome. While we typically leave the start point together, we soon find ourselves riding in small groups of riders who share our riding style and speed. Faster riders arrive at coffee and lunch stops sooner than the slower riders but we all take the time at those stops to meet and enjoy the company of old friends and new acquaintances. This is as much a social gathering as it is a sightseeing outing and to date, it has proven to be an exceptionally friendly gathering where people make new friends, Thai and expat alike, find new riding buddies and share route info, technical tips and all other manner of relevant information. If you do decide to join us, I believe you will find this meeting the highlight of your biking and social month. While we do generally have planned stops, each rider is free to stop where and when he/she pleases. There is no pressure to stay with the group. Smoke breaks, rest breaks, pee breaks, photo opportunities and even the lunch stop are entirely up to you. You can run ahead, fall behind and even check in a guest house for an overnight stay along the route if you see a place where you think you need to spend some time. It is all about discovering the area, meeting folks and coming away with a more informed view of the land we live in and the people we come in contact with. Bring your camera. There are great photo opportunities. No egos, no racing and no competitive personalities means this meeting finds all to be on their best and friendliest behavior. Join us to see the best of northern Thailand each month. You won’t find a nicer group of people discovering or re-discovering the scenic routes of Lanna country. We ride all year round and while some find reasons to stay home to avoid environmental discomforts, some of us find that living or visiting in Thailand offers year round riding weather. Again, welcome to join us. Make that leap and be glad you did. You won’t feel out of place at the Chiang Rai Bikers Day Ride. Coming from far away? Contact us for guest house and hotel info prior to arriving. We will try to suggest some lodging that fits your budget and lifestyle.