When we went downstair, Daeng said: "Look, you were wrong, Nuy is doing something for the family." Sure enough, she was cooking breakfast for the whole gang.
We kidded around about eating all the time and her weight. She told me: "In three months I won't have a big belly and you'll still be fat!" It was good to see her happy.
We put everything in our new pick-up and headed south. When we went through the first check point it was about 11:00 AM so we decided to stop and have an early lunch of barbecued chicken, som-tom papaya salad and sticky rice.
They now also have fresh frog. No, I'm not going to say: "Tastes Like Chicken".
After lunch we drove down route number 1, through Chiang Rai and made the turn off onto route 118 to Chiang Mai. About 19 kilometers more we stopped at Charin Gardens for some sweets. They have great cheese cake and pies. We met the owner who lived for many years in San Diego, California. Yes, it is a small world.
I think of Charin Gardens as the halfway point between our home in Mae Sai and Chiang Mai.
By the way, Chiang Rai is a City and a Province, very similar to New York, New York. We live in the City (District) of Mae Sai in the Province of Chiang Rai.
I might add our new Toyota pick-up with the 2.5L diesel engine ran great on the mountain roads. We were able to pass trucks and buses on the hills without any need for more power.
We made it safely to the Mawin Hotel. It is a nice little hotel on the river about 100 meters from the Duke's Steakhouse and about 300 meters from the meeting I like to attend.
After we checked in I went over to the Raintree Center to a meeting of English speaking friends. After the meeting I was very tired so I came back to the hotel, took a shower and went to bed without dinner.
When I miss dinner, you know I'm tired. It was a good trip.