So I met the owner of the restaurant where I got the discount from. It was right next to my hotel. The young lady smiled to welcome me and upon a hidden signal the crown behind the throne emerged. A very handsome and mature lady came forward from somewhere and with all teeth flashing asked me to make my selection from an array of buffet dishes; one better than the other. She offered me the flavoured rice, thus upgrading me. It was a compliment.
I left a handsome tip.
An early morning light rain had cooled the area around me, so after lunch, still cool, I went for a walk to digest my food. Now all the shopkeepers recognised me. Some smiled, some waved. They were enjoying a spectacle. Changloon needed more excitement surely.
And it came in the form of a sudden thunderstorm that enveloped this border town. Luckily I had reached my room and it was boredom that brought me back outside, to see sheets of water pouring down from an extremely grey sky. It has been quite hot, so I guess this was nature’s balancing act.
There are five bikes and six riders. A couple from Australia on a Honda, the group leader- from New Zealand on a Triumph-Thruxton and two more bikes who haven’t arrived yet. And ofcourse me on a Triumph. We all had tea and became familiar with each other. Seemed exciting. We are all going to rely on each other. All mature aged people. We decided we will take pictures when the entire group assembles.
A quick dinner and off to bed. Packing first. We leave at 6.45am, for Thailand.
After tomorrow, one more county, then India.
Until tomorrow is tonight.