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On 5/11/2019 at 3:01 PM, Ireland32 said:

You do know many professional bikers have died here, Crazy

Any where you don't have regular highly active bicycle routes or lanes - it can be more dangerous.  I have been clobbered, and another friend killed on a small road on the outskirts of a rather smallish town in Ontario, Canada...  but it would never make it as big news.  A foreigner dying here makes it much higher up in the news here -- at least in some publications.  I think it is partly a matter of perspective.  Thailand (like many countries - with the exception of some in Europe) are not friendly enough to bicycling, so you end up in a more dangerous situation...  than those that are friendly... but not all western countries are overly friendly for long distance cycling.

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Just to provide a (small) bit of closure to my original query: I completed my bike ride last week.  In the end, thanks to so many good, interesting comments and warnings that many of you contributed here, we wound up modifying our route.  We actually never made it into Issan.  We rode from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, then onward into Saraburi and up to Lopburi, and we rode down to the northern entry of Khao Yai Park, through the Khao Yai Park, and then up to Nakhon Nayak, and finally down to Chachoengsao before returning to Bangkok.  In total, about 450 kms over 5 days.  Most of it was, of course, quite flat, except for the day we rode through Khao Yai, with about 750M of climbing, and several sections with 10-14% climbs.  Wonderful trip.  We generally avoided the main roads and stuck to smaller (more or less) parallel routes.  On the whole, I can only say that the Thai drivers were kind and courteous.  Other than one small fall (mine! ouch!), and 2 flat tires (my friends), no issues to speak of.  

 

So thanks again to all of you for your kind input. 

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