Amazing Thailand … amazing 21,000km!

Merry Christmas!~
Approaching Bangkok, we reached a landmark 21,000km travelled on our journey! Man and steed reported safe and sound – the man (SK) actually gained some weight due to good food in China, the steed (Ah Lan) had rolled on one of the best roads so far, in China (thumbs up to the Chinese road builders!). But … the long distance and terrain have taken its toll on Ah Lan …

The frame and fork are in good shape and condition, thank goodness they don’t change size liked their owner! (otherwise, it would be disaster!). But the front rack joint to the frame snapped in North India. Luckily, it was immediately replaced and refitted by an extremely helpful Indian muslim at that spot, at that time.
The right front rack which broke in the Karakoram Highway got welded in Pakistan (after >500km), also courtesy of an extremely helpful local. The welded rack is still supporting the pannier now. Really unbelievable locals … language wasn’t a barrier, their actions broke the ice and melted our hearts.
Just before the 21,000km mark, while in Cambodia, the left front rack snapped and the rear rack cracked. Well, let’s see how it goes down the road, south to Malaysia. Hopefully they would continue to hold the panniers.
Both of us are running on Indian tires now. We were lucky to receive 6 pieces of 37×622 tires from Ralson, courtesy of the largest tire and tube manufacturer in India, at no extra ruppees! From Ludhiana until now, Ah Lan has covered >6000km on these tires *claps* But, the roads, and the loads, they are starting to wear out the tires, signs of balding are appearing on them. Unsure of whether due to the tires or the rims, they don’t seem to have a good fit on the rims, resulting in bouncy rides. Nonetheless, kiddos to Ralson!
Ah Lan has the most major overhaul in Shanghai when her hollowtech II integrated crank sets were replaced with new ball bearings. So far, the shifting and braking mechanisms have been living up to their name. Except for a dent on the brake lever body that caused some friction with the lever and the body during braking.
Well, this would be the last update. Home is not far but the road can be uncertain …

A little tale from the road …
Just before crossing the mountains into the Kathmandu valley, we spent our night with a brick factory manager. Our bikes were stored in the brick factory for the night. The manager had a resident little white mouse, very cute, roaming freely around.
Next morning, SK discovered that his dynamo cables and the flight deck cables connecting to the wheel magnet were broken! And the culprit? the cute little white mouse *frown* And the reason? SK mistakenly hung his rubbish bag on the saddle *grin* … well, luckily they were only cables … phew …

The left rack that snapped in Cambodia, just 3 days from Bangkok.

Temporary fixture to the snapped left rack

The rear rack leg that broke. Currently, the bolt in placed is still holding on to the rack.

The replaced and refitted rack joint to the frame. This is a totally new piece of metal cut and bent as per the previous joint.

A tape over the broken cables of the Flight Deck. Luckily the speedometer can still work.

The welded part of the right front rack from Pakistan. Though rusty now, it is still supporting the pannier.

Ah Lan with security, in Bangkok.

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