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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

Day 65: 6th April
Nelly the Elephant
The flag of Thailand

Ayuthaya , Thailand

Away early after a good breakfast, I decided to face the lamest of my fears and get back on a bike for the first time in 15 years since I fell of and broke my arm as a kid. After a wobbly first 10 minutes up and down the road (I nearly took the bike back to say it didn't work properly), I got back into it and braved the four lane main road. I guess riding a bike is much like riding a bike - you never really forget.

I had *the best* time, and no doubt Kris, Pete and Rob will be glad to hear I will be travelling on two wheels again as soon as it is appropriate. It was my very own budget version of Easy Rider. I was free to go wherever my legs could carry me on my one speed (thank God the town was flat), two-wheeled, front-basketed demon machine.

I first stopped to look round the three-towered Wat Phra Si Sanphet complex, a grand 600 year old Khmer palace. Then I just freely toured the whole river island, taking on the sights: riverbank houses on stilts, stray dogs absolutely everywhere flaked out in the heat, cows at the side of the road, sleeping Thais in hammocks and chickens scratching in the dust.