Monday, January 17, 2011

Lucky Bushfires...

To kick off the year, the team held it's first training camp in Thailand.

We are shacked up in a little resort in the north of Thailand just outside of Chiangmai. The resort has some fantastic facilities so it is difficult to remember that we are here to train and not as tourists.

Friends and family also need to be reminded of this as photos often give an indication to the latter. Don't get me wrong, we still do a lot of touristy things, we just do them on a bike or when we get some down time. The rest of the time is spent eating, sleeping and riding.

As part of the start to the new year, it is tradition to light giant lanterns and release them into the sky to bring good luck. When I say 'light' lanterns, I don't mean flick a switch, but literally light on fire giant lanterns that in turn, act like hot air balloons and take off into the sky and float into the distance.

This is a tradition that I would love to bring back to Australia but there is one small problem. I don't know where the flaming lanterns go. They just disappear into the night sky.

I have a feeling that the fire authorities in Australia may frown on this. And there would be a few more random bush fires every summer.

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