Tim and I meet every 2 or 3 weeks for morning coffee...couple of Cafe Americanos , plus pastry, plus about 4 hours of chat about Life, The World & Everything...I look forward to it, as I have limited interaction with expats, and Tim and I cover a broad range of interests and topics. This week we meet at The Bakery, Ground Floor, JWMarriot hotel on Ploenchit.
Road traffic is heavy and slow! No matter...I am not in any sort of a hurry...
For some reason [perhaps senility?], I was unaware it is illegal to cycle in Bangkok's excellent Lumpini Park prior to 10:00 each day...I got into the park undetected and managed a complete lap of the bike route before the security guys threw me out of the park.
Went a bit slower today as I had a camera and made a few stops to take shots.
Tried a slightly longer route, under similar conditions, and it worked out well, too...I think Strava is a nice App.
There are many route alternatives from the base of my Condominium. Bangkok is dead flat, so there is not much hill-climbing challenge available, but the road traffic is formidable.
I have had Strava on my phone/tablet for about one year. On the spur of a moment I decide to give it a try. Immediately following my usual early morning gym routine, I grab the tablet, and bike helmet, and head out the door.
Its a week day, and I am hitting busy streets in Bangkok in the middle of the morning peak traffic period! Oh well...there is rarely a low-traffic time in Bangkok.
Without much thought, I decide on a circular route, on major roads that are quite familiar to me. On this occasion I am more into seeing what Strava can do than what I can do or see.
The above embed from Strava shows that it can, in fact, do a lot for me...I just start the App up, hit the "record" button, throw the tablet in my shoulder bag, and ride...when I finish the ride, I pull out the tablet and Stop the recording. Strava has recorded my ride very well, and I have a rather neat map and some stats to show it. And, I am using the free version.
I'll do this some more...
I love cycling, whether rolling about in Bangkok or on country lanes. Recently I have also been attracted to bike racing as a means of challenging myself as I mature into that category known as The Elderly.