Ride:- 196Date:- 24/25 April 2004Location:- Milford Beach, Ban ChangHares:- Lynda and NeilScribe:- Peggy CrevelingFriday evening we arrived early at the lovely Milford beachside resort in Ban Chang. After a few room switches to ensure a working air-con, we gathered with some other early arrivers to enjoy a gourmet meal in the spacious dining hall. Following dinner-and against a back-drop of starry sky, breaking waves, and industrial fireworks at nearby Map Ta Phut--those of us lacking new bluetooth gizmos to otherwise occupy us wandered out to the beach to enjoy a nightcap.We cycled from our resort promptly at 1:30pm Saturday, and the sweat started to pour. So naturally we sought shade at the first check, sporadically sending scouts to find the trail. R U?!!! It took a lot of effort--and several phone calls--before we were on again. But it was the next check that proved most difficult. Convinced that the large pile of shredded paper couldn't be the trail, that the Eastern Star guard was correct that no one had biked in his estate that morning, and that the bits of trash on the roadside were hash paper--a group rode straight down the hardball clocking not a few extra kms.... Eventually back on the trail, we found the perplexed hares waiting for the pack--apparently the large pile of shredded paper (now stuffed in someone's shorts) was in fact a check--Oops! Crossing the railroad tracks up a hill, we were back on to encounter the next stop: Giant gapping chasm! Hashers took casualties. After that, the "25km" water stopped at 40km...with heat taking its toll, the pack divided. The long cut back was somewhat less eventful, and after some 60km we arrived back at our resort to enjoy much deserved drinks and sandwiches at the On On on the beach.