Feb 222017
 

Total distance 245 km

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Massaman chicken curry and tasty rice at North West GH 80 Baht
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This was the culprit, luckily I had my spare tube in the panniers so not too much of a problem, the tube was torn apart where I rode about three km with it flat.
Tomorrows first job is to go to the Castrol Bike Point and get a new inner tube plus the rubber band that goes around the inside of the rim which was also broken, the rear brake pads need replacing too.
Doubtful I will bother riding all the way up here if I cant get an early start so finishing off finding those villages will have to wait
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I feel the back end getting a bit unstable and ride as quickly as possible to the only village nearby
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Riding back on another unmapped track and lovely views
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All these villages and time is getting on so that was going to be tomorrows mission
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The pig has found something of interest in the dirt
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It helps having the village names in English
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An unmapped track takes me through Om Lan
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Another one not much further on
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Good views from up here, the boss of the workers tells me they are putting a water tank and toilets in for this rest stop
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My lunch stop
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Following that along here is not nice but he quickly sees my headlights through the dust cloud and pulls over to let me pass
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Someones grave across the field
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Two sets of gates had to be dismantled to get through
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An unknown settlement along the new track
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I ride the track until it reaches a track already on the NT GPS map then find another unmapped track to explore
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I ride the short single track link ups and these are stopped track side for lunch
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A side track takes me to here
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Linking up with yesterdays track and its a bit dusty following the pick up truck
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My first new track of the day is the official road to the Ban Mae Tum villages
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The view from the bridge of two rivers converging
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Whichever way you look from up here villages and tracks can be seen
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The enemy at work along the 4015
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Another chilly early morning start but once up in the hills past Huai Hom it warms up a bit

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