Okay, so…most people who know me know that I’m not the most adept on two-wheels. I have balance problems and control issues (literally and figuratively), so these alone are bad characteristics when behind the controls of a motorized two-wheeled machine.
We had just had a lovely dinner a little north of Patong and decided to check out the Kamala beach area to see what kind of place it was. It was almost dead and not a place we would want to return to in the daylight. The bars on the main street were mostly empty except for the occasional old white expat and his Thai friend. Or, sometimes just Thais hoping for a customer to stop by for a drink or massage or something.
This was the only/most crowded bar in Kamala.16-Jul-2012 06:22, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 800
The only attraction in Kamala is Phuket Fanta Sea. It’s their attempt at an amusement park like Disney Sea or something like that. I imagine in the high season it is a draw for the Asians and the Arabs. However, we did a drive-by…(again no video… :*( )
Too bad this is so dark, but it was a great display of a tribute to the King and Queen....16-Jul-2012 06:20, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 4.5, 6.45mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 800
Don't miss your chance to see Phuket's FantaSea!16-Jul-2012 06:20, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 4.5, 6.45mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 800
Everything was going grand. A few nights before, R had gotten me to try out driving the scooter and it went reasonably well. I did warn him that it might not be a good idea due to my track record on a bicycle, but it seemed okay. So, we decided to give it another go. Things seemed great and then we took a big turn, the front began to wobble, and panic set in….The next thing I know, we’re on the ground and I’m in pain….
It’s a long story (writing it up for later), but I was put into an ambulance and rushed to Patong Hospital. Thankfully, there were no broken bones and nothing majorly injured – just some pretty torn off skin…
So, we’re alive and well. It could have been so much worse and the timing is okay as we don’t leave until Saturday (the 21st) for Hong Kong and I should be able to walk normally again by then. Luckily, R got away with just a few minor injuries….
And then.... we survived me attempting to drive the scooter...16-Jul-2012 08:29, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
He got a nice bulbous bump16-Jul-2012 08:30, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
...with a little scratch (and soreness later... :*( )16-Jul-2012 08:30, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
The morning after...oozing....16-Jul-2012 22:57, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 800
Went in to get the dressing redone....This was the worst of it before they cleaned it again...17-Jul-2012 00:06, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 5.3, 10.73mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 800
My poor knee...how many times has it been battered?17-Jul-2012 00:06, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 4.1, 5.4mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
After return visit to get dressing changed16-Jul-2012 14:26, Apple iPhone 4S, 2.4, 4.28mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
This was like the stretcher they took me to the hospital on.16-Jul-2012 14:26, Apple iPhone 4S, 2.4, 4.28mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
This is the ER waiting area for Thais - with beds outside and all!16-Jul-2012 14:27, Apple iPhone 4S, 2.4, 4.28mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80
The scooter needed a few touch-ups, but overall nothing too bad.
Time to fix up the scooter...17-Jul-2012 01:00, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
Seems like it will be okay with a few touch-ups....17-Jul-2012 01:00, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. TG-610 , 3.9, 5.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 800
The moral of this story is – Never let Tara drive a two-wheeled machine…EVER! 😛
We’re just thankful it wasn’t worse. 🙂