Previous Long-Distance Record Eclipsed

Until last year, the farthest urban environment from home I’d ever rode a bike as an adult was San Antonio, Texas, which deposed riding done in San Francisco way back in 2003.

From here on out, I’ll have to work really hard to top my new 8,000-plus mile long-distance record: Chiang Mai, Thailand:

Granted, the riding we did was casual done strictly on the grounds of the resort of the Mandarin Oriental (not by choice but rather because of the resort’s bike-borrowing rules), but nevertheless: a ride is a ride.

And for anyone interested in the rest of my country-naming lesson left incomplete by the end of the vid, it’s understood the name “Thailand” has come to be defined as “land of the free.”

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."