Day 32 Still Nan

I like this quiet provincial town with friendly people. Owner of Hot Bread used to work for the UN but is still nice and has good coffee. Apparently while in the past Thai sex workers were survival sex worker driven by poverty now about 50% are driven by needing the newest i pad. Some families except this as it changes their economic situation also. Fellow villagers who borrow money from the family have no objection either but still gossip behind their backs. In places like Pattiya the police are complicit and support which ever mafia pays the most. At the moment this seems to be the Russian.

I didn’t use the bike all day until going for dinner and found I had a puncture. The first and from cycling around town rather than all the bad roads. Found my glue had solidified so changed the tube. Still needed to be able to fix any future puncture so rode around town and found a place with bikes in the front of the shop. Not sure if selling or renting or just collecting but seemed a likely candidate for having rubber glue. I disturbed a man sitting watching TV in another room with a cheery hello. He gave me his pot of glue. By cycling around makes one vulnerable and gives locals the opportunity to assist and thus gain credit and improve their karma. In a way I am doing a public/religious service.

If one looks at the topographical map it is clear why Nan was isolated for so long and popular with Communist insurgents. It’s surrounded by mountains. This is also one reason I have not left yet also. People keep saying, ‘ooh’ and gesturing steep mountains. This is supported by bikeroutetoaster that shows that tomorrow I will have to ascend over 1,00m and descend about 1,000m as shown below:

Course Details

Track Points
750
Distance
66.20
kms
Estimated Time
5:33:42
Ascent
1181
meters
Descent
1106
meters
Start Elevation
202
meters
Finish Elevation
277
meters
Minimum Elevation
202
meters
Maximum Elevation
767
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the brown parts are the high parts

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so his Magistracy knew Elvis.

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