Refugee Camps & 1,864 Curves

Riding north, parallel to the Myanmar-Thai border, we passed several police checkpoints. Since we did not look like Burmese refugees, we were waved through.

Nothing in our route notes prepared me for the emotion I would experience while riding past a huge refugee camp. Thousands of Burmese who had fled their homes in a military state for the promised land called Thailand are now locked behind a barbed wire fence. They can’t return home and Thailand does not want them. Bamboo huts with roofs made of dried leaves are now their homes. No evidence of sanitation was evident anywhere while we stopped to greet the people and take pictures.

We saw some smiles, however, the forlorn looks of the children still haunt me as I recap the day.

 

 

 

Today we started on “The Road of 1,864 Curves.” North Carolina’s “Deal’s Gap” has nothing on this road, except maybe the absence of muddy road construction with no detour available. Parts of the road were wide and in great condition. In other sections, the jungle was encroaching leaving well less than two lanes available for travel. We also had to share the road with four-legged creatures that contributed their own kind of road hazard.

The Thai people have lovely, light brown skin. A a convenience store, it amazed me at the selection of skin cream products that featured “whitening.” This is such a contrast to the fair skinned people in the USA that seek suntans to achieve the look the Thais are attempting to minimize. Why can’t we humans be happy with the way we were made?

 

Outside our hotel was a small Buddhist temple, a great place to say a prayer of thanks for our safe riding day and for all the blessings we have in our lives.

30-May   Mae Sot to Mae Hong Son Thailand   239 miles

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3 Responses to “Refugee Camps & 1,864 Curves”

  1. Dale and Cindy Leppo says:

    Larry and Cathy, We had similar reactions to seeing the children in the shanty towns outside of Cape Town and other cities in southern Africa. It really does make one thankful for all of the blessings in our loves. Safe travels! Dale and Cindy

    • Hildegard Fritsch says:

      This is so heart breaking!
      I can not get the picture of these poor refugees out of my mind. We all need to unite in prayer and intercede for them. It makes me think of how we so often take so many of the rich blessings we have for granted. Lord forgive us!
      Cathy and Larry, be safe on your journey. We are with you in spirit and love you,

      Hildegard Fritsch

  2. Joy says:

    Hi you two — just got caught up on your adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us — fascinating. You two continue to amaze me! Safe journey! Love, Joy

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