Well this is definitely going to be a short post. All I remember about Chiang Mai was that after an incredibly relaxing massage I rented my first ever scooter and if you read my last post you can see what’s coming… Yes, I crashed it!
After practicing in Ayutthaya the day before I felt I could ride it, but Chiang Mai turned out to be a much busier place and that freaked me out a bit. I had to do a U-turn from one three lane road into another and that did not go well. I don’t know what exactly went wrong but I ended up with a scooter lying in the middle of the road. The worst part was that when I tried to pick it up I didn’t switch off the engine and accidentally turned the throttle, so that got me running after my scooter and eventually I dropped it again. Must have been a miserable sight… Anyway, some nice local lady (who’s probably used to seeing foreigners doing stuff like that) came to help, switched off the engine and moved my scooter to the side of the road.
I was so shocked that I couldn’t even remember where exactly I was staying or how I was going to get there, but luckily my boyfriend came back and found me. I was really lucky I ended up with just a few bruises (and no major damage to the bike). The rest of the day was all about relaxing and trying to decide whether I was brave enough to tackle the Mae Hong Son loop, which is approx. 600km with nearly 800 curves. I decided to give it a go and take it slowly and it was the best decision ever that lead to one of the most exciting weeks in my life. I’ll tell you all about it in the next post 🙂
P.S. I never thought I would write a separate post on this event, but I bought a motorcycle three months ago and it’s incredible to think about where it all started and how far I’ve come.