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Sameong Loop Training Ride in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Today I, Ray, went out for a metric century in about 110F … note that there was humidity too … BTW, Thailand has three seasons: hot, very hot, and (expletive deleted) hot. We are in the latter season now … The Sameong Loop from downtown Chiang Mai is about 60 miles. I absolutely hammered the ride the entire way. The good news is that I held strong the entire ride. It was a 4 hour and 24 minute push. In the first 5k I almost crashed into a wandering dog at 20mph, and almost got hit by a truck that merged into “my space.” On the return I needed to ride around the Chiang Mai Moat … there you almost always get killed, so I will not write about all those “normal” close calls.

The Sameong Loop includes many many climbs, but there are at least three significant ones. The last one being a 1.3-mile climb with an average grade of about 12% (estimate by yours truly). My shorts were totally caked with salt by the end of the ride. I wanted to get a picture for the blog, but could not. Imagine a flour fight among best of friends that uses enough flour to make several hundred loaves of bread …

These mountains should prepare me for our initial meeting in Sweden … I am leaving Chiang Mai tomorrow for my diving trip to Guam, Yap, and Palawan. (If you are a criminal reading this blog, I don’t recommend you try to break into my condo while I am away … I have left the German Shepherds home with a huge amount of food and water out, and a gigantic litter box. In addition, the only thing worth stealing is my mountain bike …)

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Climb Every Mountain … Should Be A Flat Route

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We have climbed a few mountains together, including the highest peak in Europe, Mount Elbrys in Russia.  By the way Paul has a company, called Elbrys Networks, and Ray has worked with Paul there as a Research Scientist.  We are expecting a flat route, but all cyclists know that no route is as flat as expected …

Paul and Ray’s Budapest to Black Sea Bike Blog 2012

The extraordinary cycling adventures of two world travelers as they continue their quest for knowledge …

Welcome to Paul and Ray’s Budapest to Black Sea Bike Blog

Paul will board a plane in Boston, and Ray will board a plane in Chiang Mai.  The two will reunite in Copenhagen and then travel to Paul’s farm in Sweden for final trip preparations.  The “trip” involves flying to Budapest, securing bicycles, riding those bicycles to the Black Sea along the Danube following the Euro Velo 6 Route, selling the said bicycles in Constanta, relaxing with a beer at the Black Sea, getting back to Hungary, returning to Copenhagen, and then back “home”. The aforementioned last-minute preparations will include discussions with Kjell-Ake in Sweden, and it is unlikely that alcohol will be involved.  We sincerely hope that you dear reader will be able to follow these two young men, as they complete a 1,000-mile bicycle journey through Eastern Europe.  The trip is expected to include many adventures and learning experiences.  Undoubtedly, it will add to the libraries of these two cyclists and to the economy of Europe …

Sincerely your authors for the next few weeks,

Paul and Ray