Nov 242010
 

The route 1089, 1314, Unknown, 3015, 107 , 1249, 1340, Unknown, 3001, 3004

Total distance 231 km

It wasnt a good start to this morning, I plugged my kettle in to boil some water for my morning coffee only to get a flash as my kettle blew up.
I rode to Tesco Lotus at 7am to buy a new one only to find they didnt open until 9am, luckily I found someone at the hotel who was only to happy to provide plenty of boiling water
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Full of coffee and well dressed up with tracksuit bottoms and pullover on underneath my Airflow gear I ride off along the 1089 on a cold foggy morning, stopping in Thaton for these photos the fog has now lifted, looking downstream
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Looking upstream and its a much brighter sky
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I ride back towards Fang then very quickly take a right onto the 1314 and as I start to climb the temperature quickly drops again
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I see this to my right but it is on another road and is for another days trip
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I have always enjoyed riding along this road
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Fantastic isnt it?
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Theres still a lot of low cloud to my right over in Burma
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I ride up to an Army camp at N20.04.655 E099.18.479 and they say no photos which is a shame as its a very good viewpoint
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I manage to get two sly ones, quite why no photos I dont know
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A little further on and its a right onto an unnumbered road that follows the Burmese border and leads to the two big roadslips
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There appears to be slightly less loose gravel along this road then when I last rode here
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Another Army camp
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Here they are happy to allow photos
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I cant believe that its eight years ago when I first discovered this road on my first motorbike ride around Thailand
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Further on and I see signs of civilisation
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Theres even people out there in the field
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With a supply of running water
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To my amazement I spot a new toilet block, I thought that the authorities were trying to dissuade people from travelling along here not encourage it
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I guess thats the check bin of all the parts
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Western
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Plus Thai
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All with a water supply that was working
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As I am amazed at the toilets I am even more surprised when some Thai birdspotting tourists from Bangkok drive down and stop to talk, they are staying at a camp further along towards the roadslips
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Then another car load come by
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A bit further on I stop to talk with three Westerners from Hungary who are also here birdspotting, I asked them how they know about this road and apparently its being advertised in some birdspotting magazines as a good place to come to for their hobby
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They drove off but the dogs stayed
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Magnificent scenery
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A couple of camps inside Burma
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Just short of the roadslips are more birdspotters
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420.000 Baht for this camera. I had quite a long chat with this gentleman as he is from Malaysia and when I said I wanted to visit in late january he was happy to tell me all about it
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Roadslips ahead
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With all the tourists now using this road I had hopes of seeing these filled in but I guess that is somerthing that is never going to happen
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I ride safely across and the view looking back
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Now down the bottom and I am at the back of the Mae Mao reservoir
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I ride back to my hotel but its only 2pm so I decide to explore a new road for me
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I ride out towards Chai Prakarn then take a right onto the 1249 and I ride in in an unusual direction for me
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I take a left onto the 1340 heading towards Arunothai
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This is a well surfaced twisty road
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I notice a man up in a tree
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Between Ang Khang and Arunothai there is a left turn for an unnumbered road that I have never rode along before so today I try it out
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To start with its a terrible pot holed road but after about one km the surface gets better for a short while then its a hit and miss road with lots of loose debris all over the place, not a road that I will be rushing to try again
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The scenery is just great though all the way
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As I ride into this village I know exactly where I am as I rode to here from Chai Prakarn last year
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I take a left onto the 3001 and ride towards Fang parallel with the 107
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Some spraying taking place out in the fields
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I have never seen one of those being used for this purpose before
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The 3001 reaches the 1249 and I do a left for about half a km then take a right still on the 3001, at a junction I take the left fork and now I am on the 3004.
Along here I stop at this temple
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These three very cheerful kids are playing there and letting off fireworks, from here I ride the 3004 until it reaches the 107, I turn left and ride home
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I try out a new for me Korean style buffet restaurant as my usual one in the town has closed down
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This one is at N19.55.842 E099.13.493 and is about one km past Uncle Jacks Hideaway heading out of town
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119 Baht for eat all you can.
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