At the end of September I finally got round to racing the 3 Peaks Cyclocross, such a good event! This year the weather was stunning, with an inversion in the morning providing a sea of clouds visible from the top of Ingleborough. I crossed the line a few minutes later than my target of sub-4 hours… maybe next year!
A week later and I was flying off to Thailand, my first journey to Asia. The first week was spent on Phuket, where we wandered around the locality, explored limestone archipelago by sea canoe and went diving. The landscapes, flora and fauna were beautiful, and the constant heat was lovely. Any time of day or night it was easily warm enough for T-shirt and shorts and the sea was probably warmer than many swimming pools.
We then took the boat via Koh Phi Phi to Ao Nang, where we spent a few days climbing in one of the most picture-postcard-paradise locations I have ever been. The Phra Nang peninsula is a great place to go for sport climbing with loads of routes and Tomb Raider style caves to explore!
The final leg of the journey was spending a few days in the incredible city that is Bangkok. It was fascinating to visit such a huge city of contrasts: ancient wats and modern architecture; bourgeois shopping centres next to slums; and delicious food with… durians.
I can’t wait for the next time I’m in this part of the world!