We had a very relaxing day doing nothing, not many pictures at all. It did mean we are actually planned over a week ahead now, which is very unusual for us.
It did rain very heavily around 3:30 pm but we just watched it bounce off the road from the dry of a small restaurant.
Rain from the resturant
In case you had not heard, Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat just after lunch today. It is moving Northwest across southern Thailand causing widespread destruction.
We are south of this area and across towards the west coast so have have persistent rain all day with moderate winds.
Today was spent watching the rain live from inside our room and watching the Thai news on TV.
Having cycled down a lot of the east coast last month, you can see from our pictures most of the ocean front restaurants and businesses are a simple wood / bamboo construction, unlikely to survive the storm conditions.
We can only hope everyone stays safe over the next 48 hours.
Only one picture today, the dog who lives here by the hotel desperately wanting to come into our room.
Our breakfast was a little disappointing, but it was enough to start us off. Today it was the start where we needed lots of energy.
The view from our bungalow door
This morning it was, guess what? Raining. We left the hotel around 8:00 am, retrieving our bicycles from a corridor at the back where they had let us store them in the dry.
A real steep hill the first in a long time
Today was forecast similar to yesterday, lots of rain, by the time we left it had just started to spot with rain.
By the time night fell (last night) it had started to rain with thunder and lightning, it just got heavier and heavier as the night progressed. By morning it was still raining while we ate our breakfast, which was excellent (the breakfast not the rain).
A very relaxed pig, not at all troubled by the rain
At around 5:00 am we could hear rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning, then the rain started, torrential what else? It was nice to stay in bed looking at the rain trying not to think about cycling, then we had a power cut lasting 20 minutes and soon after one for 5 minutes.
Not really any nice pictures today but we found this giant millipede 12 cm long
Throughout the night you could hear deep rumbles of thunder and often heavy rain. By morning it had stopped thundering but it was still raining.
There be dragons
During the night it poured with rain heavy at times, it didn’t seem to stop. By the time we were ready to go it had dropped away to light rain. You may think this is bad but it brought temperatures down to a mere 23°C and made the cycling quite pleasant, with it being so warm we did not bother with waterproofs, all the scooter riders just had t-shirt shorts and flip flops on.
Look at the bird on the scarecrows hat
More bridges and more islands was the order for the day. First though it was dry off the tent as from around 1.00 am until 8.00 am it poured with rain, the first sustained rain our little tent had been in and there were a couple of drips it looks like some water is seeping through a seam. A warm dry day and that can be fixed but it isn’t an issue.
Early morning view out of the tent