11,701 km so far.
Right now we are on a timeline.
Several events are conspiring to force us to be in certain places at certain times over the next few weeks.
Planning Ahead Is Exhausting
First, our shoe order from a few days ago should arrive in Ayutthaya before we do, so we had to book a hotel in order to have somewhere to send them.
Second, our wonderful support crew in Los Angeles (hi Dianne and Danny!) has sent Stephen some of the extra contact lenses he left there almost a year ago, so we booked another room in the border town of Aranyaprathet to get those.
Third, our Thai visas expire on April 8, so at the very least, we must leave the country before then to avoid hefty overstaying fines.
And finally, having learned some kind of lesson about booking hotels when we stayed in Chiang Mai, we decided to book early for Siem Reap, so we could wouldn’t miss out on the best deals in town.
The upshot of all this planning is that now we have to stick to our schedule.
All of these things keeping me from doing exactly what I want when I want just make me feel tired. Feeling tired makes me want to take a rest day, but, since we haven’t scheduled a rest day for another week, we just have to keep going. Even though we have planned very short riding days, a short day is not the same as a day off.
Not all of this exhaustion is psychological. We are still adjusting to our early mornings, and it has been tough to get used to napping in the afternoon. I used to be a champion napper, but lately there have been so many things to do (blogging, bike cleaning, wat walking) that I’ve had trouble quieting my mind down enough to sleep.
The evenings also seem to be flying by, so that before we know it, it’s 10:30pm and we’ve missed our chance to go to bed early.
Wats In The Woods
Even though we were both ready for a nap after our 75 km ride this morning, we had to make a stop before hitting up the guesthouse on our map.
The Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is just 4 km north of the city, and is filled with 14th and 15th C wats in various states of disrepair.
They are scattered through a forested area that has small roads, asphalt paths, and barely visible trails winding throughout. If I remember correctly, there are 42 wats in the site.
Despite the heat, we loved riding our bikes around the wats, our wheels crunching on the dry leaves covering the trails.
We saw a sum total of 3 other people while we were inside the site. Two of them had parked their sports car across one of the main roads and were taking pictures of themselves posing in front of it. Not exactly history buffs then.
It is hard to imagine what the people of Thailand were like in the 14th C, or what motivated them to build all of these temples.
We assume the same held true then that does now: the more you spend on a wat, the more likely you are to be blessed in this life and promoted towards enlightenment in your next. ♥