December 1 2000, Bangkok Thailand
December 5 2000, Chiang Mai Thailand
December 11, 2000 - Chiang Mai Thailand
This really nice room was $14/night including refrigerator,
and satellite TV. We could get it by the month for less.
December 18, 2000
Flew back to Bangkok, today. In the morning we board the plane to return home. It doesn't seem like a year has gone by since we started. At times it seemed like more had passed, but now its hard to believe its over.
December 19, 2000
Long flight back to Los Angeles. There we rented a car, stuffed our boxed bikes in the backseat, the rest of our gear in the trunk, and started the drive to Henderson Nevada, to spend Christmas with Monika's daughter. It took 3 hours just to get out of LA traffic. This is the worst place I've driven all year, and I didn't miss it.
December 31, 2000 - Burbank California
Started home toward Portland today, with a stop in at the Burbank Hilton where those few who paid to finish the ride are finishing today. Since we already paid for the room a year ago we want to take advantage of it. The new year's eve party this time was much smaller and a much different tone. Tim encouraged us to get up early to ride in the rose parade again this year. After last years experience we opted to sleep in. I did switch on the TV just before the parade start, checked all the channels and found that once again, there was no coverage of the riders in the parade. They must have been sent off early again.