Ok, Phil and i have decided to do our own accounts for today as we kinda lost each other for a few hours.
The day started very relaxed as we decided to set our alarms for 10.30 this morning so we could get a well deserved lie in. We got up, showered and got dressed before going down stairs and paying for another night at sumit hotel as it is the cheapest so far and you get a FREE bottle of water evey morning ( what more do you want).
We then headed down the road for some lunch, which actually turned out to be my worst meal so far. We payed and set off for our day of yet more Wat sightseeing, as there is about a hundred in Chiang Mai. It was on our way to our first temple that we came across a place that rents mo-peds and we had both said yesterday that we would really like to, so we went in and found out it would cost us 150 baht for the more powerful bike as apparently the cheaper, less powerful wouldnt be able to take the two of us 'big people'. After faffing about for a while and reading all the terms and conditions including the owner keeping your passport until you return with the bike, i chickened out and wasnt one hundred percent sure about the idea, which i think annoyed Phil slightly. It was only when walking around our first Wat, that i decided we should just go for it, as i would only regret it if we didnt, and whats the worst that could happen!!! (i didnt even want to think about it) Phil seemed to take my indicisiveness ok although i think he was just glad he was going to get to ride the bike.
After giving them all our details, well Phils, we had to stand around for a while, whilst they sorted out the air in the tyres ( which i have to add didnt do anything for my nerves, even with the help of Phil in my ear trying to distract me by making me laugh). Finally i got to sit on the thing and scared myself ( and Phil i think) even more when it reared out of control and down the lane, but it was ok, after a few practice goes i was like a pro, haha, although still bloody scared.
We asked the owner where the nearest petrol station was, as suprise suprise the price doesnt include a full tank of petrol, and it appears due to me concentraing more on riding the thing on main roads i wasnt really listening. Therfore when Phil went carerring down the road at a million miles an hour and i lost sight of him, instead of heading for where i was meant to be going i ended up going round and round in circles along the moat surrounding the city as i was too scared to turn left or right through the crazy traffic.
After about twenty minutes of concentrating on the road and trying to find Phil again i realised that it wasnt that scary and actually alot of fun, and so i finally pulled off the one way system, managed to smoothly stop my bike and worked out where i was in comparison to our hotel in the hope that when i got back there Phil would hopefully be there to. Turns out i just missed him as the receptionist told me he had just left, so i went up to our room and wrote him a note as calling was going to be no help as we stupidly hadnt given each other our numbers. I also text my mum asking for her to send me Phils number as i new she had it, and just beacuse i am a million miles a way doesnt mean i cant run to mummy for help,haha! I then decided i would carry on what Phil and i had planned for the day and hoped that we might bump in to each other on the way.
I went to a lot of temples, not really knowing where i was going, even with the help of a map and the locals ( although turns out, out of the four i asked none of them sent me in the right direction of where i wanted to go). I even got a chance to speak to four monks, who were really nice and suprisingly spoke very good English. It was a t this point, when i was in the middle of a temple talking to my new found friends, that my phone started playing the nokia ring tune REALLY loud and not only was that embarassing but i couldnt find the thing in my bag until it rung off, luckily they found it funny. I said my goodbyes ( in Thai of course), payed a little donation to them and then headed outside to find out who was ringing. It turned out to be Claire, who Phil had text asking for my number, who was trying to help unite us again. Slightly strange when she is in England, thousands of miles away and Phil and i are practically next to each other in comparison and she is sorting our lives out, but i have to say a big thank you from both of us as we found each other about 5 minutes later.
After we had caught up on what each of had done in the past 3 hours we headed to a couple more Wats, and as i was by now the queen of moped riding, i didnt loose sight of Phil once...and i even lead once or twice, lol. We finished the final temples together and then headed back to the hotel via the petrol station so i could put 20 baht worth of petrol in my bike ( which is about 30p and took the gage up to half full...i wish it was like that in England) We had a little relax in the room and then made our way to a few travelling information shops for brochures on trekking, which we are hoping to do in a couple of days, before making our way to the internet cafe.