The road to Sukhothai
The road to Sukhothai started at an early morning in Thoen. I had breakfast and left on the 1048, a small road with almost no traffic. It would eventually lead me to Sukhothai but it was more challenging than I anticipated.
The first few kilometers were flat with here and there a short though steep climb of 100-200 meters. I saw the hills coming closer and knew soon I would have to climb.
I turned out to be a comfortable 5 km climb to almost 500 meter altitude. It was never steep, nor difficult.
At the top, I rested a bit and expected to go back into the lowlands. Although that would be true, it wouldn't be a next 90 km to Sukhothai.
The road was almost empty. Soon I was back in the agricultural areas with a few villages on the road. The real problem was continuing short climbs, never steep, never difficult but I never got any rest.
I had not seen any road markers for Sukhothai but around this time I started seeing them. It was still quite far. Si Satchanalai was another option but I decided I would skip that, both national park and Old Si Satchanalai ruins. I had been there before even though it had been 20 years ago.
Here and there I started seeing ancient stupas on hill tops. The Sukhothai kingdom must have been very big.
In Thung Saliam I took a break to have a meal and enjoy the returning green padi fields. When I got back on the bike I still had to cycle about 50 km. It was time for a shortcut.
But as any cyclist knows a shortcut it not necessarily shorter too. This short cut I took was certainly not shorter but very nice. The reason I took the shortcut was a sign to Old Sukhothai. The road got slightly busier too, and this road looked quiet plus, I wouldn't have to cross the hills in front of me.
So I went on this road that went south following the hills. The road wasn't on my map but I expected it would go anyway further south crossing a larger road, hopefully the one that would lead directly to Sukhothai.
After a few kilometers the small road lead me away from the hills, back west.
Fortunately a little further it went again south through rural Thailand. It was beautiful cycling here, just the kind of roads you would love to have as a cyclist and with tailwind it went all quite easy, despite I felt I needed food.
In the villages I past, I could the surprise of the people. After several kilometers I came back at an ongoing road: #113. Sukhothai was near.
At one point I asked if I was still at the right route and I got a drink and an extensive explanation how to go (all the way straight ahead).
I decided not to go to the new city Sukhothai but continue to the old city. Although I had been in Sukhothai 20 years earlier, I had little memory where I stayed at the time. As far as I remembered, it was the new city and I didn't know if the old city had hotels or guesthouses. It turned out to be just fine.
Just opposite of Sukhothai National Park, I found a guesthouse with a clean comfortable and cheap room. All I had to do now was having a shower, a cup of coffee and dinner before the next day I would go out and explore Sukhothai UNESCO World Heritage City.
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