I got up to pouring rain this morning and didnt leave until about 10 to hopefully give the roads time to dry out a bit.
I head south on the 107 then take a left onto the 109, a few km along the 109 I take a left onto an unknown road that doesnt show on my gps and to start with its a wet potholed road then it turns into this lovely surface for a while
I pass through a few villages on this road which parallels the 109 about 4 km apart
This Lady is busy putting the wood out to dry
Watched by her faithful dog
I come to a fork in the road and ask these people if I can get to Mae Suai on this road, I am told no I have to go back to the 109.
I decide to take the right fork for a look around, its now a concrete road until N19.49.763 E099.18.053 where it turns to dirt
I ride through a small village to their dam at N19.49.767 E099.18.238
Its full and overflowing
One of the village girls turns up to do her washing
In with the powder and off she goes
I ride on past the dam and take a track to the right wondering if it would take me back to the 109 but I only ride for a short way and decide to see if I can find a track in from the 109
This is looking in the direction that I need to go and it doesnt look very well used
I ride back to where the people told me no way through and take the other fork, this is just an unmade dirt track from the fork and I ride up to where I can overlook the reservoir, take a photo then ride back to the 109
On the 109 and some lovely bends along this road.
I make two attempts at trying to join up my previous new track but the first one although getting off to a promising start and being paved from the 109 until N19.48.124 E099.18.161 then quickly turns to a narrow single track and turning the bike around would have been difficult by myself so I turn back.
The second attempt seemed to go in the wrong direction, I will try again in the future as I saw other tracks before my first attempt but couldnt be bothered to go back and try them
Up high it starts raining off and on for a while and its not the most pleasant of days weather wise, cold and wet, not nice
A bit further on and a nice road slip
Further on and a big land slip
I certainly wouldnt want to run into this boulder
A passing car for size comparison
On the 3037 and first stop was the Mae Suai dam
A lovely sight, white water flowing down, it reminds me of the overflowing reservoirs I visited in Wales three years ago
The view down from the top
A bit further up the hill and looking back at the reservoir
That ones quite a stern looking one
The surface turns to this for a while, not the best but thankfully it soon returns to a good asphalt surface
I wonder whether this bridge was a victim of the flooding or is just being improved, as its my first time along this road I have absolutely no idea
Certainly no complaints about the scenery along here
Lots of these lovely twisty sections today
As I reach the river I ponder on whether to turn left and take the 6039 then the 4016 back to Fang or get on the 1089, I chose the 1089 much to my regret.
I got as far as Mae Ai where all traffic was stopped and I was directed into a small area where other bikes were.
His Majesty The King was arriving soon so they said and no traffic was using the road in any direction.
Once all the escort and Royal vehicles passed we were let go and in my haste to get going I somehow stalled the bike catching myself completely off balance and ending up in a heap under the bike right in front of a very large crowd of people.
Once up I quickly restarted and departed as quickly as possible minus some skin off of my right shin which is a bit painful but I guess it could have been worse.
Now why didnt I try out that quiet 6039 and 4016 two roads that I have not rode before
I get back to Fang only to find Birds Bar is closed and I am not really in the mood for hunting down restaurants right now so the Colonel feeds me tonight, 157 Baht and I was full