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Dutch cyclist completes near-18,000km overland journey to visit dad in Thailand


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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Those vans are just too dangerous and besides - he needs a rest!

When I heard of his trip, I wondered if he'd survive it.  Wow, from the horse's mouth. 

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4 hours ago, hotchilli said:

At the age of 28 I'm surprised he got 10 months off work so no holiday, more likely he quit his job, in which case I wonder how he funded his trip for that length of time & how he's going to get home, another 10 months or a flight?

Another "go fund me".😄

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4 hours ago, VYCM said:

The drivers are a danger and a nuisance, I am a foreigner and always on the lookout for foreigner haters (easy to spot), they pass you at speed and quite close, the minivan drivers do this on most occasions.

 

They also drive as if they own the roads, always hogging the left lane that normally allow the scooters through, these people are evil on our roads.

It probably isn't about being 'foreigner haters' as much as it's about being 'motorcycle haters'.  It's about status.  Car/van/SUV/pickup driver - high status; motorcycle driver - low status.  Maybe with the exception of the dudes suited up in body armor and driving like they're members of Team Honda Racing in which case the van drivers can't keep up although they try putting everyone else on the road at risk plus everyone in the van.

 

Then there are bicycles - even lower status then motorcycles, but a notch above pedestrians. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, VYCM said:

I’ve been riding motorcycles in Thailand for years.

Long ago before the mini vans became part of the public transport system I felt close to 100% safe on Thai roads.

 

These days if I see a minivan behind I keep it in sight and pull over to the left to let him pass.

The drivers are a danger and a nuisance, I am a foreigner and always on the lookout for foreigner haters (easy to spot), they pass you at speed and quite close, the minivan drivers do this on most occasions.

 

They also drive as if they own the roads, always hogging the left lane that normally allow the scooters through, these people are evil on our roads.

The drivers who hog the centre and outside lanes are worse than the minivan drivers. I am not saying it is right, but that is why minivans sometimes use the hard shoulder for overtaking, or should I say undertaking.

I have been sitting in the front seat of minivans lots of times, and I have seen it all for myself.

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For the past 10 years I've been doing motorcycle trips all over the North, North East and Central provinces.  One of the first things I learned was, if I'm doing 120kph and I see a mini van in my mirror, slow down and move the hell over to the shoulder, as the one you SEE is only the "point man" for a string of 5-8 more, all bumper to bumper, and all doing well over 140kph. These people are Nucking Futs on the roads. 

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1 hour ago, Just Weird said:

Are you not happy to see that he survived running the gauntlet of drivers in every other country he passed through also?

But other countries drivers are not as bad as Thai drivers, and that is official.

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On 11/19/2018 at 9:37 PM, Phuketshrew said:

After taking 10 months to get here and not seeing his old man for 3 years you would think he would want stay longer than a week.

Maybe he only had 10 months, 4 days, and one week holiday time.

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