Nov 242011
 

The route 118, 1252, 1287, 1035, 1335, Unknown, 1039, 4027, 3003, 2031, 1229, 1006, 1317

Total distance 348 km
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During the early hours of this morning the driver of this car decided to not turn at the corner of the moat but to carry on straight ahead, the only problem was this tree was in the way
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I wonder if Cockpit can plug that one, three of the cars tyres were punctured from the crash
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Out along the 118 and the bubbling stream is my first stop
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Now I am riding on the 1252 with stunning scenery but a not very good surface
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Some new foam handlebar grips were put on this morning, as the bike originated from the land of the rising sun these grips are very apt
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The surface of the 1252 is pretty awful for most of the way, in places its potholed with loose gravel and other debris, this freshly surfaced section was no fun and at other places the road is waiting to be surfaced
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The resurfacing crew enjoying their break
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Hes whacking that pin for all hes worth, no wonder its bent
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Now if they were to use this device along the entire length of the 1252 a couple of times in each direction that would be a major improvement
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A short section of the old well surfaced bit that is fun and safe to ride on, sadly it doesnt last for long
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Now on the 1335 and another road that needs attention to turn it back into the fine twisty road that could be ridden in confidence, loose gravel and damaged sections are the problem on here
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This guy seemed so relaxed as he carved his wood
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The Kio Lom reservoir
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I decide to follow the canal on an unmade track today, the unmade section started at N18.30.886 E099.37.838
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Now this is what I bought the KLX for, nothing too hazardous just unpaved surfaces, I could happily ride along here standing up
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Are these a kind of Thai turnip? apart from potatoes I dont like root vegetables
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The crews are weighing, washing and snipping at them
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A bit further on and this woman is doing her washing in the clean clear water of the irrigation canal
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After 20 km I reach the 1035 at N18.24.751 E099.32.607 and thats a new offroad section for me today that I have just ridden
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I stop for fuel at a PTT get some water in the 7-11 then its a quick lube of the dry dusty chain then its off to Hang Chat and a ride home through the Khun Tan National Park
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The Huay Nam Pep waterfall
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Not far from Khun Tan railway station and I have never noticed this before, I remember reading that part of the northern railway line had sunk during the wet season, perhaps this was where it happened
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Along the 2031 at N18.34.110 E099.15.394 I take a left to ride to the Ta Ku reservoir, it was only a 1.1km rough track up to it
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From here its a pleasant ride home
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BE BEEz cafe at 136/5 Ratchapakinai Rd N18.47.188 E098.59.423
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Chicken cordon bleu and chips, tasty filling and only 150 Baht, these were possibly the nicest chips I have eaten for a long time

Get the gdb file here …

 Posted by at 10:11 pm

  2 Responses to “CNX-Chae Hom-A Dirt Track-Khun Tan-CNX”

  1. Hi Peter

    Thanks for the compliments, hopefully the error has now been corrected and the correct file is there

    Colin

  2. Captain, great report! I just got a KLX 250 up in CM too and this looks like a great ride.  The gpx file seems to be from earlier this year between nan and chiang mai though??
     
    Thanks for the report and the great photos. Been following your reports with great interest.
     

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