After we checked out of the hotel. We drove through patiently through the congested roads in BKK to their shophouse near Rangsit (I think). They are into wedding cake business and they wanted to bake a cake for the kids to eat. Wife's cousin promised her niece and nephew last time in Maesai and she will be doing it before we hit the roads in the evening. Initially we declined but they insisted that they need to bake some cakes for the Poo Yai Ban (Village head) back in Maesai and other relatives too. So, it's not a big hassle.
The chocolate cake tastes great and we loaded all into the truck and started off towards Nakhon Sawarn at around 7pm. My Cousin(brother)-in-law drove the 1st leg while I was in the passenger seats. The rest of the gang, my wife and her cousin plus 5 kids are at the back. Her cousin have 3 boys so naturally my boys is having a hell of his time playing with them. He's the 2nd youngest among the 4. Cousin's youngest son is only 1+ and keeps looking for his father while we were driving.
We stopped just outside Bangkok to fuel up and get some snacks for the road trip. It will be a 12hr+ drive up North with breaks in-between. At around 12am, near midnight, we've reached Nakhon Sawarn and I took over. It's my 1st time driving such a truck and on a strange road. Initially I was a bit reluctant to go fast but after half an hours of getting used to the car. I steadily increased the speed. Driving is much more better than doing nothing in the passenger seat as it keeps me awake. And the arderline rush of driving in the dark on an unknown road keeps me awake too. I'm not too sure about my cousin-in-law though as he was so used to driving up North, he just went straight into his nap in the passenger seat after I took over. I just kept driving and was thinking... man.. I need to do this in the day once in my lifetime to get to see Thailand in another way again! Wife was a bit worried about me driving so she was awake at the back chatting with her poor cousin. And she kept asking me if I'm tired anot.... :P Anway, I was suppose to handover to my cousin-in-law at Lampang but I went striaght on to Phayao, giving him back his driver seat over there at around 430am. We reached home at around 730am. A bit faster then ususal as I was speeding at around 2 to 4am.. hehe.. Cousin-in-law is a much safer driver though.. Doing 120 at most ...
Need to plan a road trip next time. Maybe with some friends from SG.