2,000 ride ‘in Dad’s footsteps’ in Sattahip

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More than 2,000 Eastern Seaboard residents bicycled “in Dad’s footsteps” in Sattahip to honor HM the late King.

Naval officers and Sattahip District Chief Noraset Sritapatso attend the ceremonial opening of the event.
Naval officers and Sattahip District Chief Noraset Sritapatso attend the ceremonial opening of the event.

Sports Association of Chon­buri President Sonthaya Kunplome and Sattahip District Chief Noraset Sritapatso kicked off the Dec. 3 thirty-kilometer trek around areas where HM King Bhumibol organized his famous cross-gulf sailing trip.

The ride began at the clock tower at Nongtakian Garden and stopped at the Sattahip Naval Base where riders were welcomed by base deputy commander Rear Adm. Kreigndej Rattanapan­yakul.  Together they sang the royal anthem before a portrait of the late monarch before returning to the garden.

Noraset said the ride was organized to mark 50 days since the King’s passing and recall he was a big sports fan, but sailing was his favorite.

Sonthaya said HM the late King specialized in a variety of sports but never looked down on his people and acted as if he was just a fellow athlete.  That was one reason why he was so loved and respected by the Thai nation, Sonthaya said.

Cyclists turned out in their thousands to honor HM the late King.
Cyclists turned out in their thousands to honor HM the late King.
Young and old took to two wheels to celebrate the life of the much revered Thai monarch.
Young and old took to two wheels to celebrate the life of the much revered Thai monarch.