The day dawned warm and sunny with one of the clearest views of Doi Suthep any of us have seen in many months, and again we had 13 hikers who showed up for this high level hike. Riding up to the village in a songtao took an hour, leaving some of us rather queasy and one downright sick. The air was much cooler up there and recovery was rapid though, and soon we headed out through Baan Khun Chang Khian. Neither of the coffee shops was open and the village seemed deserted. It was good to walk on an easy to follow route with a wide dirt road where we could visit with one another, and throughout the day there were no obstacles to climb under or over or detour around. We kept up a leisurely pace and managed to stay close together as a group 90% of the time. (This was a very friendly and cohesive group.)
The greatest find of the day was that the lychee are ripening, some even ready to be tested as we walked through orchard after orchard.
We had covered ¾ of the 9.2 km. total distance before stopping for lunch at the T-junction, and before we could get underway again it began to rain, enough that we took cover among a dense group of trees. None of us had followed the instruction to come prepared for rain.
As we had asked the songtaos to pick us up at 1:30 and we were back by 12:45, we decided to visit the CMU coffee shop and wait there for the pick up, but this time only 1 car came and didn’t arrive until almost 2pm; quite naughty of him! But then we had had a bonus visit to the coffee shop.
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