made it to Sukothai without any problems, but when we came out the next
day we found an even larger puddle of gas under bike #2 than the day
before. The leak seemed to be coming from around the fuel pump, but if
the fuel shutoff valve on the tank was working properly it shouldn't
have been leaking. We figured we would have to spend two nights here,
so we decide to do an early run the twelve kilometers out of town to
Sukothai's old city.
Historical Park is massive in comparison to Kamphaeng Phet with five
different zones each with their own entrance fee. It is one of
Thailand's largest historical sites, and the grounds are meticulously
groomed. We unfortunately shot much of what we saw here with the camera
set on the wrong setting.
park houses some distinctive features like this elegant bronze walking
Buddha, and the lotus pond top right. The photo at bottom right shows
the delicate detail preserved here.
pool above is photographed from a tiny island reached by a causeway.
The chedi below also faces a
meditative lotus pond.
When we returned to town we asked at a the hotel if there was a
shop around that worked on
bigger bikes, and we were directed to a biker bar where
they said someone would know of a place. From there we were directed to
a shop with a helpful guy (above) who spoke excellent
English. It was getting near closing time, so he said he would meet me
at seven am and try to get us on the road quickly. We had a spare fuel
pump that Yut had supplied so we decided
to put that one in and see if it leaked. When we put it in though the
bike wouldn't start at all, so we removed it to bench test it. We
determined the pump was no good. Taking
it in and out was also a hassle because without being able to shut
the gas valve gas began to pour everywhere as soon as you removed the
At that point, the owner of the shop contacted Yut who suggested an alternative. The body of the fuel pump bore the Mitsubishi logo, so the shop owner sent his man to an auto parts store and found a pump with the same specs and body size. Unfortunately, it had two metal tabs or "ears" on it for mounting, and it also had 1/4 inch stems for mounting the hoses. The original pump had 3/8th inch stems. The original pump was mounted horizontally, and the only way this could possibly have fit is if it was mounted vertically. Still, the shop owner said he thought it could be made to fit with a little creative routing of the hoses, and by putting a small piece of 1/4 inch hose on each stem before putting the 3/8th hose over it with a heavy hose clamp. I thought that it would be a little precarious and decided that since it was a slow leak I would take the new one with and run with the old one until we got to Pai where Yut was sending the other parts. I figured since it only seemed to leak after it sat for a while we could just be careful about where we parked it at night. We had already lost more time than we liked, and the visa clock was ticking.
|Well, I guess
we could have banked on this. We made it just as far as the
park we had visited the day before, about twelve kilometers, and the
old pump quit altogether. Our friend at the shop sent two of his guys
out and we did the gerryrigged replacement that we had discussed right
on the side of the road. As frustrating as this was becoming, these
guys were super accommodating and worked cheap.