Saturday, October 6, 2012

Getting Ready for Laos-China Border Solo Ride


Heyya..
My alarm clock went off.. I woke up at 2.30 o'clock in the morning… I felt really good, excited and really up for the KL-China-Laos epic Solo ride.. I had a very good night sleep as I slept as early as 7.00 o’clock in the evening before… The 7 hours of sleep was sufficient enough for me to reach Ayutthaya, which would take me at least 13 hours of ride to cover 1,660 km journey from Kuala Lumpur.. Yes, this was a crazy - tough - long - iron butt ride but hey, I have accomplished the KL – Ayutthaya ride (in one day) 3 times before… all the Routes were simply in the back of my head..
Day 1: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Took shower and put all the riding gears on; Dainese Gore-Tex jacket and useless Clover rainproof pants and Alpinestars Ridge waterproof boots.. I had 2 cups of strong espresso and put the luggage in the Hepco & Becker Top Box while my PEN camera, Laos map and travel-documentations were kept in the tank bag..
Day 2: Boten, Laos-China Border

Then I started the 30 Years Anniversary R1200 GS Adventure engine.. it roared and the fuel-distance mileage indicated 720km of mileage left with the full fuel tank.. Everything was ready to go; both tire pressures were good at 23psi and 24 psi, engine oil was at normal level.. I waited for a moment for the engine oil temperature indicator to be at 3 bars..
While waiting, I inserted the iPod earphones, put my Arai Tour Cross II helmet and Scott Goggles on..
Pushed the bike to the front gate…
The engine was warmed enough…
Sat on the thick and wide GS Adventure’s red seat.. it was cold but it felt very soft, cushy and comfortable.. the seat will be my best buddy through out the whole long epic journey..
Looked at the time, the clocked showed 2.50 o’clock in the morning.. both of my hands were holding the Adventure’s wide handle-bar.. the Cramp Buster throttle lever set nicely under my right palm… shut the house gate..
Pulled the clutch lever, put into 1st gear with a little bit of throttle..
And I put my game face on!

The China-Laos solo ride had got to be now or never, bitchesss!

The epic Adventure of 8 days had just begun..
Day 3: Luang Prabang, Laos

Day 4: Vang Vieng, Laos

Day 5: Vientiane, Laos

Day 6: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Day 7: Trang, Thailand

You may continue reading at: Day 1 of Laos Solo Ride
HooRahh!!

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