The route 107, 4244, 3037/8, 1178, 3001, 3004,
Total distance 229 km
I head south out of town then take a right onto the 4244 and as I stop to peruse the map these people stop to ask me where I am going.
That was a difficult one to answer as I really had no idea myself as this was totally new territory for me today
The whole family at work and play out in the fields
The 4244 was a hit and miss surface but with some good twisty bits
I stop in a village and theres a bit of music playing so something is going on
These American missionaries were staying here for a few days and whilst these ones werent pushing religion at me another one was.
I think telling her I was an atheist only made matters worse and she even insisted on saying a prayer for me.
If some people want to dress up in their best clothes on a sunday, go to church and talk to their imaginary friend thats up to them, as long as its not around me and I am not expected to join in
As I leave the village there is a blue sign saying the road is now the 3038 so a bit of confusion as the gps says the 4244 and later on the 3037
I ride to where the gps shows the surface as unmade and it is now asphalt that is the best surface along this road so I guess its not been down too long
At this reservoir there is evidence of the road having been completely submerged
A bit further and it is submerged, I think someone has got their calculations a bit wrong as its a good idea to have the reservoir overflow lower than the road, here I have to take a detour as I am not about to find out how deep that is
I emerge back on the road about 200 metres from where it disappeared into the water only to discover that there is now no paved surface only a dirt track.
I am at N19.37.904 E099.02.446 and realising that the asphalt surface finished somewhere under the water I am doubly glad I didnt try going through it
This is now the surface
At N19.37.724 E099.01.867 the surface returns to asphalt and its a nice ride to the 1178
I turn right onto the 1178 and ride northwards taking a right signposted for the Muang Na Nua Cave.
This is now a paved surface until the checkpoint at N19.45.581 E098.53.798, here I dont expect to be allowed to ride any further but they ask for ID, I give them my Thai driving licence and I am allowed to ride on
Its a hard packed good surface and 1.2 km later the camp is at N1945.946 E098.53.709
Back just a bit and where my gps shows me I am on the border a ditch has been dug and this is what I can see, I dont bother getting off and investigating though
I ride back down the 1178 and take a left onto the 3038
A good asphalt surface for virtually all the way
At N19.38.776 E098.59.802 the surface turns to unmade for 600 metres until I get back to the 4244
I only stay on the 4244 for a short while then take a right to finish off exploring these new roads for me today.
Not far down here my gps shows a reservoir to my right so I ride off to find it
These are the only people here at the reservoir that are not washing their clothes in it
I have heard people say that freshwater fish tastes muddy, I reckon anything caught in here probably tastes soapy
That bags full of wet laundry and as I ride past their house the clothes are being hung out on the washing line to dry
I ride on and the surface turns to dirt
Then its this new section of concrete for a while
But great scenery all the way
I reach the 107, turn left and ride towards Fang then take a left onto the 3001
At N19.39.389 E099.06.260 there is this supposedly very deep pool
Riding along the 3001 and the potatoes are being harvested
That looks a lot easier than digging them up by fork like I do at home, mind you that machine isnt going down very deep and if I only dug mine up from that depth most of them would remain in the soil.
The soil here looks much nicer than lots of places
Uncle Jacks tonight at N19.55.562 E099.13.269 and its the first time here for me
I ask for extra fries and onion as I dont want the vegetables and this filling nice meal was 99 Baht