The lack of posting is due to the fact I am currently on vacation with some of my friends. We decided to escape the cold winter temperatures and hit the Thailand beach. Part of our relaxation and fun included renting bikes and hitting the road. At first I was a little nervous, and rightfully so in light of the traffic rules we are use to in Central Asia. But it was actually pretty tame, no drivers honked their horns excessively, and everyone stayed on their own side of the road ( which is opposite to North America, but the guys were getting use to it by the end). I felt so safe that I even agreed to move from the side car to actually riding on the back - a big step up for me from our last trip.