Packed for a few days trip to see some Thai classic bike riding friends. New clutch plates and a few new gears in, plus a rear brake lever modification to hold the lever lower, at a more comfortable angle. Time for a test ride on the old girl. A beautiful morning heading over the Kok river as a large flock of Asian Open-bill Storks cruised by. Chiang Rai back roads and no traffic as usual. A Bai Krapow Gai breakfast stop at a favourite shop near Doi Luang Past Chiang Kham and out on to the 1148, went for look over a hill to the north, at the strawberry farm sign I expect the mountains at the back are the border Rain around and didn't want to linger... On to Sakoen and the whole area is looking beautiful and green right now Passed through some light rain and back to dry roads again........................ luckily..... Cruising along happily at about 40 mph enjoying the scenery and just got on a straight section when the bike went into a serious tank slapper. The front tyre had gone flat in an instant and I struggled to hold the bike upright as the flat tyre flopped from side to side on the rim.... Fortunately, came to a stop, rubber side still down. Out with the tools, popped the wheel and tyre off and found.... Must be an old tube that just split... no other reason apparent. Lesson learned... if replacing tyres, replace the tube and rim tape too, even if they look good.... cheap anyway. I thumbed a lift back to the village I just went through after Song Kwae, to the local bike repair shop. I was going to see if I could glue a piece of rubber on as a patch as I had no hope of finding a 19" tube. But by some miracle, after shuffling around the back of the shop, the owner produced a dirty dusty bag that was an 18" tube. Near enough, so he took me back to the bike and the wheel was back on in minutes. Back in the fifties and through to the late sixties, all bikes had a tyre pump somewhere on the bike, usually on top of the chainguard or under the seat (for the 6T Thunderbird). It's really a bicycle pump and takes forever to get air in a bike tube, but good enough to put about 15psi in, enough to limp slowly back to his shop to fill up with the air compressor. After about a 3 hour delay, I rode on to Nan for a sausage and mash dinner at Tony's Place, served by Aree, who seems to be copying OK after Tony's death. Then stayed at the usual Noble House Garden Resort, out of town, a bargain at 700 Baht a night. A South Pacific Breadfruit tree in the garden more later..