Mar 062012
 

The Route 108, 1099

Total Distance 176 km
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I headed east along the 108 for about 40 km then took a right at N18.08.106 E098.11.191 onto a dirt track
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I have often wondered where this went and today I found out
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A pleasant peaceful ride through here
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The first of four easy water crossings today and just through here the surface turns to concrete at N18.06.565 E098.12.630
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In Mae Waen some building taking place
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No markings on this bike to identify it
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At N18.06.210 E098.12.699 the surface turns to dirt until N18.05.886 E098.12.678 then its a concrete road to Kong Koi and beyond
Fuel was available from hand pumps at N18.05.664 E098.12.316 and at N18.05.298 E098.11.960
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I ride on in a SW direction then take a left onto a concrete road that turns to dirt at N18.04.648 E098.11.434
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Its looking bleak and burnt but its a very enjoyable ride today and I am spending most of the day exploring new tracks for me
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Now if only all water crossings were this easy
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I go through another small water crossing and just on the other side some agriculture, I see an awful lot of tomatoes today
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The fourth and final water crossing and I wonder how navigatable this would be in the wet season, no bridges out here today
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I reach a small village
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No snacks available here
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Looking back at the village
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Hills in most directions now
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This is a lot steeper than it looks in the photo and its 1st and 2nd gear now for a fair way
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I take a right here as it will be a short cut as long as it links up with the track I need
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At the bottom of the hill it stops
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Its back up the hill and on up the proper track which is steep and very rutted
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I am not the only one thinking that was hard going, the KLX agrees with me as the fan comes on during the ascent, not something that ever happens much
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Now descending over the other side and much easier going now
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Now at a crossroads, theres a few side shoots going off the main track
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I reach the main track and decide to turn left to ride to a nearby village to get a snack.
Although they sold fuel from a hand pump at N18.02.614 E098.16.873 there appeared to be no food or drinks available here.
I turn round and ride back staying on the main track, I ride through another village seeing no shops either
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A fire in the distance
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Its a bumpy but not difficult dirt track for most of the way with the odd short stretch of concrete in places.
I stop in a village, possibly Mae La Luang and here fuel is sold from a hand pump at N18.02.096 E098.18.651.
Snacks and drinks are sold here too
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I am seeing more fires now but none of them are too close to the road.
Fuel is sold from another handpump at N18.05.220 E098.20.213
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At N18.06.164 E098.20.418 the road turns to this lovely asphalt surface
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I have no number for this lovely road
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Just before reaching the 1099 and loads more tomatoes are growing here
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I reach the 1099 turning left onto it to ride back to Mae Sariang.
Along the 1099 fuel was sold from hand pumps at N18.06.268 E098.22.479 and at N18.08.193 E098.22.369
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The English breakfast for 140 Baht at Sawaddee, this doesnt look like a big breakfast but both times I have eaten it here I have been completely full up
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