Day two on the peds was what I would call ‘a wash.’ We drove almost half way to Chang Mai, about 60KM, before we realized we were going in the opposite direction of the caves we were looking for. The good news in this is that we rode miles and miles of the most exciting switchbacks and S curves that I have ever seen, if only my ped a bit more pep in its step.
Before taking off on day 3 we centered ourselves with a fresh pot of locally grown green tea and a good look at a map. When you are navigating through Thailand’s mountains and a sign says something is a certain distance away, I have two theories for judging the distance. Theory one is to simply multiply that number by 3. Theory two is assume that the distance noted is ‘as the crow flies’ and that the road you will be traveling through is packed with heavy switchbacks the entire way; using one of these will give you a more accurate estimation of how far you still have to travel and eliminate your sense of false hope along the way. After 50km and few lessons learned we arrived at Lod Cave.