Jan 272012
 

The route 118, 3005, 1230, 4074, 4076

Total distance 155 km
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I take the 118 out past Doi Saket then later on take a right onto the 3005, along here I see this sign that I hadnt noticed before and if I am finished exploring early enough I will try to find it
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I stop here for breakfast
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The restaurant is full of students today
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This one comes over to my table, sits down and starts chatting away to me in very good English, they are doing some charity event at a school in the hills today
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A spicy gai phad kapow soon gets the stomach warm, 25 Baht
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I take a left off the 1230 and ride to the end of the concrete road to do some more exploring off road
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The off road starts at N18.48.640 E099.21.416
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This is the track that I rode for the first time a couple of days ago but today I want to explore a right turn part way along it
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Theres a single concrete strip running in places
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I was surprised to see these walking along here thinking it was well away from anywhere
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A bit further and at the end of the road there are a few homes here
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This gentleman takes me on a guided tour around the place
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There are a couple of single tracks heading out into the hills but when I point and say Chae Hom I get a definite no
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Quite a few solar panels here
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The essential equipment
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The irrigation system
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Well this track goes no further but it was worth trying and a pleasant experience coming here today, I ride back turning right and riding to where the paved surface starts at N18.49.251 E099.22.927 just before joining the 4074
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Lots of cutlery, crockery plus the truck are getting washed in the water crossing
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Next stop is the Maekampong waterfall that I have never stopped at before despite riding past it countless times
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A very friendly dog was residing here
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Riding back along the 3005 and its a bit smoky from the burning taking place here
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I take a right onto the 4076 to look for this Doi Hum coffee farm but no one seems to know where it is
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I dont envy him the job
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A bit ominous having that waiting below.
Here which is not far from the 1252 I am told the coffee farm is back the way I have just rode up from so its a turn around to ride back.
I ask at a few more places only to be told either I dont know or its this way or that way, I dont think any of them actually knew where it was
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I turn left into a new place thinking this might be it only to be quickly surrounded by these dogs
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A lovely place here, the owner comes out and asks her staff but none of them knew, then her husband, a fellow Englishman turns up and puts me in the picture.
Apparently a Thai has built a new place a couple of km up the road and its going to be there but its not open yet and the signs have only been put up a couple of days ago
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I am invited to stop for a drink and a chat which was nice of him, these five dogs are very well looked after
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The big burger for 220 Baht at Pinkys Wings tonight, sadly this might be the last one as Graham has the place up for sale and if he cant find a buyer he will close it down, probably in late february, hopefully when I return it will still be open with a new owner

Get the gdb file here …

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