Jan 082009

The route 108, 1013, unknown, 1269, 108

Total distance 227 km

I took the 108 out of town and at San Patong turned right onto the 1013

I have a large garden at my house in England and spend a lot of time growing vegetables, people are always saying to me that I grow tons of onions but this is what I call an onion field

The 1013 is a fantastic road for quite a way and I am really enjoying these bends

I take a left for the Mae Wang waterfall

Its tarmac half the way

Then this for the other half but as its only 2 km no problem

It was certainly worth the ride and the steep walk down the steps to get here

The water is very cold as you would expect

I climbed back up the 79 steps and it nearly killed me, they were steep

Back on the 1013 again

Doi Inthanon is a lot clearer today than it was yesterday

Now its cobbles for a while, the road now alternates between asphalt and cobbles but the asphalt isnt very good, potholed to buggery is the correct term I believe

What quality the road surface lacks is more than made up for by the scenery

Loads of chillies growing on this steep bank

I reach the end of tarmac and its 5.4km to Bo Kaeo according to the sign

These twin strips of concrete make going down a steep hill a lot easier

Then its a much looser surface, I first found and rode this route six years ago on my first Phantom and nothing has changed much in that time

They were doing this quarrying work a year ago when I last rode here, perhaps a small dam is going to be built here in the future

The chickens werent there when I pulled up but somethings certainly attracted them now

Not much action in Bo Kaeo

Its time for a break and refreshments

I get onto the road towards Wat Chan at the small fuel station

Heading towards Wat Chan, this road is great, I hardly see any traffic and the road surface is great as well

Some cobbles again but not much of it here

A big collapse here, good thing it wasnt any bigger or this road would be out

21 km from Bo Kaeo and its the end of the road for me

That doesnt look too appetising plus its time to head back

This poor little buggers already been run over, theres no signs of injury but despite me moving it off of the road and into the grass it doesnt appear to be moving.
I ride to Samoeng then take the 1269 to the 108 then back to town

Its German food tonight, or as i have been told Bavarian food at the Green Oasis at 103 Prapokklao Road Soi 8

A 1.6kg pork knuckle and chips for 315 Baht, there is always an eat as much as you like buffet here every saturday at 6.30 for 185 Baht

This street dog was the recipient of the bone and other gristly leftover bits, I bet hes thinking its his birthday today

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