I am so sore from that hike! I do a fair amount of hiking back home in Colorado, but I think the biggest difference was having to scramble over all the large boulders down in the caves. My thighs are very sore, but also my entire back and shoulders. Ouch!
After leaving Soppong, I took a two hour bus to the little town of Pai. Pai is an interesting place because it doesn't have any Thai wats or any significant Thai history. It's just this little hippie town that could be anywhere in the world, but just happens to be in Thailand. Lots of live music venues, lots of Reggae, lots of tye-dye and dreadlocks. The whole town of Pai is addicted to motorbikes, and I seriously considered renting one, but decided against it after witnessing two traffic accidents involving tourists on motorbikes. I just didn't want to risk hurting myself or the bike, since I'm a fixed income!
My trip is coming to an end and this is going to be my second to last stop before going back to Bangkok. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I am looking forward to sleeping in my own comfy bed, to seeing Jo, to going back to school in January. On the other hand, I've had such a good time on this trip that it's hard for me to be too excited about letting go of the backpacker lifestyle and all the adventure it brings. One thing's for sure: I am absolutely, 100%, without a doubt hooked on travelling, and I'm sure that as soon as I get home I will start planning my next grand adventure.
I'm not feeling too well, and I'm trying best not to get full-on sick, so I will be taking it easy the next few days. That's okay, though, since I have some last minute shopping to do for everyone back home.