The Tiama Needs Work
I am mobile, yet not ready to set sail. This is my 1st of what I hope is many blog entries. My return to Thailand has been a series of ups and downs. Tiama, surprisingly doesn’t need much cleaning but does need to be hauled out to fix a cutlass bearing. I’ll also use this downtime to do anti-fouling, plumb in a water maker, and saltwater wash down pump. And, if there is enough money left, I’ll install a dinghy davits/solar arch. It is also time to fix the oil leak on the engine and get new hoses. I’m glad I never married because I can only imagine that boat repairs must feel like alimony payments. There’s little joy in it.
My highlight to share with you is that I got back on the proverbial horse and have been driving a motorbike!
Meet my New Horse
It is a 100cc Yamaha moped which is one tenth of the engine size I used to ride: A prized 1000cc RC-51. The last few days of riding around on this 100cc hog have opened up a new version of Phuket to me. Public transit in Thailand is cheap and readily available, but the places I have had the boat (Chalong and Krabi), have mostly taxis for transportation. This annoying detail has kept me from exploring land due to the imposing costs of getting around.
Now that I have access to a moped, my newfound freedom has taken me to Au Yon, Phuket Night Market, and a reggae bar on Muy Thai Road, all yesterday! Today I rode Karon and Kata to do some body surfing.
Two days of riding this 100cc motorbike has dispelled any lingering fears I may have and has given me a different sense of freedom.
Preparation for the Big Journey
So, on this note, the race to January has begun. Four months seems like a long time to prepare. But really, it isn’t. If you had four months to prepare a boat for a ten month-long journey in the Indian ocean visiting remote places without the usual resources we westerners are accustomed to, on a shoestring budget — how would you execute that? Love to hear your responses below. Sure, I’ve done it before on large crossings but one can never have enough moral support and time to prepare mentally and physically for what may come. I’ve found the universe has a sense of humor in the missions it brings me and sometimes I don’t find it all that funny. Sometimes it’s really hard and these are the parts I often feel uncomfortable in revealing because I know many of you want to see me doing well.
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