Our Mate “TJ” ( Topical John ) Real Name John Hamilton Sadly Passed away from a Brain Tumour in October 2008. Since that Time We have been planning a Memorial Ride for Him and one of the Main Advocates for it was His Good Mate Simon!!! Tragically “Siinthai” Real Name Simon Grant was Killed in a Freak still Unexplained Accident near His Home in Phuket this October. Unbelievable that two Close Friends were gone a Year apart!!! This put more pressure for the Memorial Ride to be Held so Last Week everything fell into Place and a Group of about 20 Bikes ended up doing an Overnight Trip from Here in Chiang Mai up to Doi Inthanon, the Highest Point in Thailand then stayed the Night in Mae Hong Son. Next Day We planted a couple of Trees in their Name at the Local Temple before moving on to Pai for Lunch then back to the X-Centre for a few Final Farewell Drinks in the Name of Simon & TJ. By doing this We had completed the near 500km Trip around the Famous “Mae Hong Son Loop”. This was a favorite Ride for Both the Guys and one of the Last they completed together!!! We had a Full Size Banner of the two Guys to accompany Us and also Stickers to post around!!! Here is My quick Trip Report and a few Photos:
It was a Brilliant Trip and one of the Best I have had with such a Large Group. Extremely Moving moment at the Highest Point when a few Words were had about TJ and Simon. I was maybe a bit Closer to these Guys that some people realise and I was Immensely affected and was Fighting back a Flood of Tears. I couldn’t have spoken even if asked!!! Thanks to all who took Part! Here are the Photos:
Simon & TJ watching over the arrivals at the Kafe.
Guys at the Kafe.
Waiting at the Turnoff to Doi Inthanon for other Riders.
Doi Inthanon Checkpoint. David did some Good Organising here to save Time and Paid for the Entire Group at Thai Prices, Well Done!!!
Group Shot at the Highest Point in Thailand, Doi Inthanon.
We Pasted Simon & TJ’s Sticker on the Sign so if You are up there take a Look and have a Word for them!!!
After Lunch in Mae Chaem we were off for a fast ride to Khun Yuam and split up into various groups stopping here and there for a look.
We stopped to Re-Grouped before we got to Khun Yuam.
It was here we found out about Peters off and His Rib Injuries!!! His Bike wasn’t that Bad. He is 68 Years Old and Had a Can of Puncture Repair in His Jacket which He landed on, Ouch!!! He was in a lot of Pain so After He had ridden the Rest of the way to Mae Hong Son we had Him Checked in the Hospital and it Turned out He had 6 Cracked Ribs and Had to Stay in there!!! His Bike.
Off again to Mae Hong Son. Some went with Peter to the Hospital while the rest checked into Rooms then Meet up for a Few Deserved Beers and a few Toasts to Simon & TJ!!
Evening into the Cross Roads Bar where Noel & David had a Toast to the Guys!!!
It was a pretty Big Night for some of the Guys and in the Morning We all meet at the Sunflower Cafe for Breakfast.
After this we were off to the Temple for Our little Ceremony!!!
Some of the Guys at the Ceremony.
We planted two Trees in Simon and TJ’s Names at the Local Temple. Even had Name Boards.
After this We visited Peter in Hospital then Off again for a Quick Blast to Soppong, Stopped at the Look out, Beautiful Weather and a Fantastic View!!!
On to Pai for Lunch then a nice Ride back to the X-Centre in Mae Rim.
We are an Armless Bunch?
Even David Lek ( The Legendary Snail ) managed to Joined Us for the Entire Trip and a few Drinks on a quick stop over before returning to Australia and Work!!!
A Truly Great Event and Fitting Tribute to Two Great Guys I was Privileged to have known as well as I did!!!