Feb 192017
 

Total distance 132 km

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Chicken with chillis, onions and bean sprouts 40 Baht
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Chicken with basil at the restaurant on the corner 40 Baht
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I am hot and out of water when I see this very welcome man, a couple of his ice creams were very nice too.
First thing in the morning is a trip to the Castrol Bike Point to hopefully get the gear lever straightened out
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A very muddy buffalo
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Back on the main track and heading home
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I ride on but another tree is blocking the track with no way around it, luckily I can now turn around and ride out another way
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I hit a tree stump, luckily I have steel toe capped boots so no problem for me, but the KLX took a hit.
Fortunately for me the KLX is built tough enough to take this in its stride and whilst it was an annoyance I rode it out and back home.
It wasn’t possible to stand anymore as my foot was pressing down on the gear lever, I tried taking it off to alter the position but it wouldn’t come off the splines.
Has anyone done this on a CRF250 without any problems to the bike?
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Riding back I take a different track which gets very narrow and difficult
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Another track takes me closer to the waypoint I left but then the bike tracks stop and I don’t venture any further.
My plan was to get back to the main track and ride further south to try again but fate had another plan for me
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Dried up watering holes
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A fallen tree which I find a way around but past here the track just finishes
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Looking back at Huai Katay
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Perhaps the track Erik and I were on 2 days ago can be reached from here
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Behind the grader comes the water truck which on bulldust made it a bit interesting.
Thankfully the paved surface wasn’t much further on as my tyres were getting clogged with the red shit
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A nice surface to start with then its quite a lot of bulldust on it
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That dust is not needed
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Stopped for my lunch at the shelter where I turn left for Huai Katay and its a busy junction here
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When I first rode along here 6 years ago I was sure that I rode through a water crossing just past Khloe Bo, I guess this concrete bridge has been built here since then
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In Khloe Bo Noi
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Once past the turning to Le Kho its a quieter ride with less traffic using it
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A bit of single track that’s not on the map goes off then rejoins the main track
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Just past the viewpoint at the end of the paved section of the 3004 and the track is being graded.
I wont be sorry to see it in a better condition as its a badly rutted track covered in deep bulldust but hopefully it wont be concreted all the way.
That’s probably wishful thinking though as there is a long paved section north out of Le Kho and some going down to Huai Katay
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Quite a few people stop for a look and apparently the driver wasn’t killed in the crash
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That dip must have been hit at speed
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Heading south on the 105 and this accident hadnt happened two days ago when Erik and I rode past here

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