Feb 272012
 

 

The Route 108, 3010, 1270

Total Distance 160 km
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I head east along the 108 then take a left onto the 3010 to visit the Mae Umlong Luang hot spring
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Its a lovely twisty road but the surface badly needs a road sweeper going along it to clean all the loose sand off of it
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At N18.12.288 E098.00.622 I take a left onto an unpaved surface to ride to the hot spring
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The ice cream man is here waiting for me so I relieve him of one, just what I needed on this hot day
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I park the bike up here at N18.12.281 E098.00.038 then walk over the river to see the hot spring
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That bridge is new since I was last here about four or five years ago
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But as half the suspension bridge is missing this is still the way across the river, the same as before
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The hot bath for those who want it
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The first hot spring
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76C seems to be the temperature here
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I ride on along the 3010 and I am trying to remember if it was surfaced this far on the last ride which was on the Phantom and at least three years ago
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A shame about the loose sand on that lovely surface
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The surface turns to dirt at N18.12.644 E098.01.721
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I ride through a completely dried up riverbed here
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No worries of a fire here, its all been completely burnt already
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At N18.13.132 E098.02.250 the surface turns to a new concrete road that definitely wasnt here on my last trip
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This is a nice road
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Fuel is available from the hand pump at N18.13.454 E098.02.879
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The surface returns to dirt at N18.14.591 E098.02.957
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They certainly chucked up a dust cloud
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The scenery up here is great with much better visibility than I expected
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That looks like it will be going up in smoke soon
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Its back to a good paved surface again at N18.16.091 E098.03.159
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I stop at a village and fuel is sold here in bottles at N18.17.026. E098.05.163 and a bit further along from a hand pump at N18.17.067 E098.05.213
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At the end of the village the surface turns to dirt with a vengeance at N18.17.071 E098.05.227
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I am really enjoying this ride up here today and after a while it is very windy which keeps the temperature down and hopefully blows all the haze away, perhaps thats why its so clear up here
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Its very slow going at times as its deep loose bulldust quite often
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I get another piece of a good concrete surface from N18.17.751 E098.08.639
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As I rode along here I thought the wind was going to blow me over the side, it was really gusty up here.
This lovely surface finishes at the end of the 3010 at N18.18.522 E098.09.150
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I take a right onto a dusty dirt track which will eventually become the 1270
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Although I have rode along here a couple of times before I have never known it to be such a loose deep sand/bulldust surface, last time it was just bumpy
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Fuel was available from a handpump at N18.18.062 E098.09.984
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Cabbages, cabbages and even more cabbages growing along here
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At last the lovely asphalt surface of the 1270 which starts at N18.16.348 E098.10.829 and after stopping to generously lubricate the chain I was off enjoying this road.
Further on was more fuel from handpumps on either side of the road at N18.15.653 E098.10.145
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Along the 108 back to Mae Sariang I ride through a few of these, not nice at all
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Grilled chicken, fries and onions at Sawaddee for 200 Baht

Get the gdb file here …

 Posted by at 8:55 pm

  7 Responses to “Mae Sariang-Hot Springs And A Lovely Mountain Loop”

  1. Hi Patrick

    I havent done the Pai MHS part for a while now but just go with what you fancy, you will enjoy it for sure although Pai is not my idea of fun nowadays

    Colin

  2. Looking to do chang mai to mae hong son to mae sariang back to chang mai. Any tip/suggestions?
    Great site – keep up the good work – used your routes round Nan last year – excellent.
    Best rgds
     

  3. Which ever trip you want to do Kevin, when do you get here? getting a room should be easy enough as its now low season but if you want one reserved let me know

  4. Looking forward to seeing you, do you want to do the Moei/Salawin confluence?

  5. Fixed now Kevin

  6. Might just have to head to Mae Sarieng this weekend for a breath of fresh air

  7. Oh, look at all the lovely clear air!!!

    Hope you get your GPS issues sorted Colin, everybody is looking forward to them. I think the number of people collecting them like myself is pretty darn high. Thanks 

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