Hello all. The following is an invitation to you to join some of us from Chiang Rai on a planned day out. We would like to see our GT-Rider friends there. If anyone has questions, please contact us via e-mail on our website contact page. This is not a sponsored or tightly organized ride. It is pretty much a free-will ride and do your own thing in the company of other good people. We are just helping to spread the word and get it going. Woraphat Chiang Rai Saddlebags and Biker Gear Various Chiang Rai riders will take a motorcycle day ride on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Tentative route suggested is heading out towards Phayao in a roundabout way, with a lunch stop at restaurants overlooking the lake at Phayao. There will be bikes and scooters of all sizes and riders of various skill and daring levels. The riders will find themselves riding in smaller groups of riders that share their biking styles. Included in the ride will be a longer route for those who ride faster and want to see and do more before the lunch rendezvous at Phayao. As in past rides, coffee stops, toilet breaks, smoke breaks, hiding from the brief rain shower, sightseeing and picture taking are up to the individual riders during the ride. There is no time limit, no hurry to finish the route and no requirement to stay with the group. Cars, trucks and others are welcome to attend the ride and share in the sites, views, fun, camaraderie and companionship. It isn’t all about bikes; it is about the day out and having a good time with some good people. An extended route can be added to the ride after the lunch break for those who need a longer day and others will head straight back to Chiang Rai via the shortest route. Wives, girlfriends, significant others who wish to go along but don’t want to spend the day on a bike are encouraged to buddy up and come along in carpools or other types of vehicles. There will be a route planning meeting at Chiang Rai Saddlebags and Biker Gear “Coffee Stop” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 31 March. All are invited to attend and contribute route suggestions. Email suggestions are welcome also and will be presented to all on the eve of the 31st. Final route will be decided by the group and all input is welcome and needed. Start point will be the PTT fuel station and Amazon coffee shop on the Super Highway in Chiang Rai. Meet time for the ride will be approximately 08:30. Maps of the routes will be available to all who need one. Start time is approximately 09:00. Fuel, toilets, coffee and air for your tires is available at the start point. A Google map showing the start point will be sent out at a later date in case someone does not know where the PTT is. As much as this is a chance to see some new roads or revisit familiar roads, it is also a great opportunity to meet some new people and begin to form some new friendships. The folks at Chiang Rai Saddlebags and Biker Gear have met hundreds of new people in the last year and we would really like all of them to have a chance to meet up with each other. There are many more interesting, fun and good people from many countries in this area than most of us know. In addition to the foreign riders, there will be a fair representation of the local Thai bikers. This notice for the Day Ride has also gone out to our friends in Chiang Mai and other towns outside of Chiang Rai. If anyone needs a room for the night prior to, or after the ride, let us know. We can contact the Golden Land Hotel and see if we can arrange a special deal. Typical one night rent is 650 baht, including breakfast and they have covered bike and car parking right at your room door (carports for the rooms on the bottom floors). If you wish to attend the planning meeting on the 31st of March, please let us know so we can make sure we have enough seating. If you plan to attend the Day Ride, please let us know so we can plan for the size of the group and print the proper number of maps. If you have friends, acquaintances and fellow riders who may want to attend, please forward this information to them so they may choose to join us. Again, bike sizes, riding styles and vehicle types are not an issue here. All are welcome and all will find others who share their way of enjoying a day out. If you have a group or club that wants to join us as representing that group, come join us. In case of a seriously rainy day, the ride will be postponed and rescheduled for a day in the near future with a favorable weather forecast. Until then set aside Sunday, the 1st of April for the ride. This notice has gone out in English to our English speaking friends and in Thai for our Thai speaking friends. Anyone please feel free to translate this to your home language or another and send it out via e-mail or via your websites to those who may benefit from it.