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What is the Every Province Challenge?

Newlywed couple Natt Opasanon, a registered tour guide and owner of Your Thai Guide, and her internet marketer husband Paul Hamon decided to bicycle to, and through, the capital city of every province in Thailand with the conclusion of this grand 9,000km plus tour in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร).

Having previously cycled from Chiang Rai (เชียงราย) to Phuket (ภูเก็ต), Nong Khai (หนองคาย) to Ubon Ratchathani (อุบลราชธานี) and also Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร) to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, they are not strangers to long distance tours, but this is going to be different.

 

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7 Responses to “What is the Every Province Challenge?”

  1. On ธันวาคม 27, 2011 at 5:42 am David McReynolds responded with... #

    Good luck! Sounds like a seriously tough challenge!
    Not sure I understand why you chose a semi-recumbant? Surely any tandem allows you to communicate while riding quite easily. Can you take turns ‘resting’ in the front seat?
    Are you going to fit a time-lapse camera so you can get a complete record of the journey? I think that would be a cool thing to do… you could replay the entire trip as a movie when you get back!

    Anyway, once again, Chok Dee!

  2. On กุมภาพันธ์ 11, 2012 at 11:57 am The Newlyweds responded with... #

    I guess if you like talking to back of someones head, and not hearing what they say back. It’s ok, but we found on our tests that communication was easy and fun. Plus you’ve got access to the panniers with riding, the front seat passenger doesn’t get sore ass and the person is in a great location for taking photos and/or video. The camera can sit in their lap, much better expeience overall of everyone IMO.

  3. On มีนาคม 2, 2012 at 9:38 am Dick responded with... #

    Wow…………..

    What an experience and what a challenge.
    I am jalous !

    Pi Na and i wish both of you a safe journey and a lot of fun.

    And ……hopefully still a happy couple at the end of the sometimes
    heavy and tiring journey.

    All the best
    Pi Na & Dick

  4. On พฤษภาคม 30, 2012 at 10:34 am Greg responded with... #

    Sounds great, good luck! Will we be able to join you on your last 100km as you ride into Bangkok?

    • On พฤษภาคม 30, 2012 at 10:43 am The Newlyweds responded with... #

      You most certainly can, if you can put up my bad grammar and spelling for that long. We’ll be arriving in a early November or that is the plan at this stage. We will be keeping everyone posted and hopefully have a group of rides come in with us 🙂

  5. On พฤษภาคม 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm Adrian responded with... #

    Goid luck on the ride.
    Hope it’s not too wet and not too hot for you.
    Hope you have many safe and enjoyable km’s
    Adrian, Fern, Abbie and baby Ava (London)

  6. On ตุลาคม 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm steven (bpetnoi) responded with... #

    You two are doing what I have been dreaming of doing for the last two years. I am retiring soon and will come to live in Thailand permanently with me Thai wife of 28 years in a little town of Muak Lek where we have a home.
    I see you have not yet been through Saraburi. It is unfortunate from the stand point of meeting each other as I will not be in Thailand this year until late December so I cannot meet you during your tour or offer you a night’s stay in Muak Lek.
    I ride a recumbent tadpole trike made in England from a company called ICE. It is red in color and as of now has the nick name of “Miss 3 Wheels”. This nick name came about when I was joking with a Thai friend about how much time I spent with my second love, the trike. If you should ever see an old and gray haired man who is 2 meters tall and riding a red tadpole trike that will be me on “Miss 3 Wheels”.
    I am noting that you are riding during the rainy season which so many people say is not good, but seems like might be preferable to hot and hotter. I have read other peoples reports about rainy season riding in Thailand. I am hoping I will be riding to Angkor Wat this year with TCHA. Two years ago I did Mae Sot to Mukdahan with TCHA on the trike.
    Wish you well in the remainder of your trip. Like another reader said “Hope your marriage is stronger and better after such a long ride”
    Sincerely,
    Steven (bpetnoi)

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