Saturday's Journey

Settling down

Days are routine, I'm in a regular job, 08:30 to 17:00 every day.
I wake up in the morning at around 06:00, make my porridge and tea, and then out the door to walk the 3/4 mile to work.
These mornings I am sometimes waylaid by a lady who has a restaurant where I turn a corner. Her father was an engineer for British Airways. There are aircraft pictures on the walls and model aeroplanes hanging up inside, including a large BA Lockheed 1011. She speaks very good English.
I have to be careful passing under the high speed rail link under construction with cranes and heavy material being slung above. Then nip across a small bridge across a drainage channel, step across the railway tracks, over the footbridge over the Rangsit road, and then into the office. Takes me a while to cool down afterwards under the airconditioner. I haven't been late yet.

Both Wednesday and Friday were holidays here in Thailand.
On Wednesday I was advised that everyone had gone to the temple as it was a (Visakbucha) Buddha Day and that I had half the day off. I am the one farang in the company, I do not speak Thai very well, and so I seem to be excluded from some things.
Friday was also a holiday for many, but a work day for us.

Meanwhile, my licence application is in for a validation by the CAAT to fly Nok Flying Club aeroplanes in Chiang Mai. They will ask Transport Canada to confirm my licence and rating details.
The company also wants me to have a validation to fly their training aeroplanes, and even to instruct here. You need a separate validation for each privately owned aeroplane, or fleets of company or club owned aircraft.
Before leaving Canada I renewed my Instrument Rating, and did the five landings required to validate my Multi Engine Rating... This has pushed my credit card balance up somewhat and it's causing me some stress at the moment as I usually pay off my balance every month.


Inside the rail diesel car, clean and functional

With a weekend on my own, nothing to fly, and it's essential I do not spend much money; a trip to Ayutthaya is both interesting, cheap, and healthy.


The train departs for places north


The ticket cost between Don Muang and Ayutthaya is 20 Baht each way, 80 cents CAD


Choice is yours, take a TukTuk tour or rent a bicycle. I paid 100 Baht for my multi speed bike, a simple bike is 50 Baht a day.
In town you can find a simple bicycle for 20 Baht a day but it's a fair walk, or a Tuk Tuk ride.


You can take the ferry over to the other side of the river (5+5 Baht passenger + bicycle) or cycle over the bridge


I cycled around the outsideof the island first


Stop to practice speaking cat, 'seems to be a common language around the World


There are plenty of ruins to see, and I noticed a 50 Baht entry fee for the three brothers chedis


It's odd what you find going off the normal track


Lunch was pork noodle soup, 60 Baht including the iced lemon tea.
At the end of the day I had put nearly 17 miles on the bicycle and was ringing wet with sweat (did laundry today)


There are paved paths among the ruins; watch for potholes (rare selfie image)

I stopped at an Amazon coffee shop and had a chocolate milk and piece of blueberry cheese cake. 'Overheard a chap complaining about how much he had to pay each month for BC Medical...


On the way back to Don Muang I noticed the new rapid transport system goes well beyond Rangsit perhaps to connect with China one day.

I think I will make this trip again and again as it's safe cycling and good exercise.
The people are friendly in Ayutthaya.


The trip back was slower, taking an hour, but it didn't bother me.

Today, Sunday, I went for a long walk in the morning; 4 miles. When I can afford it, I'll buy a bicycle and explore further.

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