Feb 042012
 

The route 1194

Total distance 148 km
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The start of todays new track at Mae Sam Laep, I noticed fuel sold here from the hand pumps
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I am told at the harbour that I can ride to Tha Ta Fang then on to Mae Sakoep
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Its a paved road from the harbour to start with then the road turns to dirt at N.17.59.054 E097.44.308
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Not far in and a cloud of smoke greets me
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But its only rubbish being burnt here
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Its a relatively easy going dirt track today
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Across the Salawin in Burma and a reasonable sized land slip by the look of it
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All of a sudden a guy appears from out of the trees then crosses the road and disappears again
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The track now turns inland a bit and I am riding along one of the tributaries of the Salawin
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Now for my first water crossing of the day
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Theres a few homes on the other side of the water
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Peering through the trees I can see a boat and I am looking for a way down to the riverside for some better photos but its too steep to get down without falling, then getting back up would be a big problem
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Further along I spot a mother with her sons down on the river bank so here I manage to climb down okay
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Now if I can manage to get out there I will be out in the middle of the Salawin
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I make it out to the middle on the rocks
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Looking up to where the water level rises to and its got to be about 25 metres higher in the wet season
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Where the river has narrowed so much its a very fast current indeed and sod falling in there
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Boats travelling downstream motor through here
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This one going upstream really slows down here
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Although the boats engine note doesnt change at this point the boat almost appeared to be stopped as the current was so strong
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A couple of very minor water crossing along the way
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Free drinking water is available here
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The weather is so much clearer today and so are the photos, while I am happy about this I am pissed off about the last three days new forays not having the same visibility, especially yesterdays ride to the confluence.
I will try to get there again in march for another look
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The NP at Tha Ta Fang
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My main water crossing today to ride into Tha Ta Fang
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Fuel is available here in bottles at N.18.04.459 E097.41.461
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The soldier here tells me that the high water level is above those sandbags and is 30 metres above its current level
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I ask which way to Mae Sakoep but here I am told theres no track and I can only get there by boat
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I have rode from Mae Sariang to here before on the Phantom and remember the difficulty in getting back through a water crossing, the KLX would be more difficult through that water because of its seat height and as I am alone I decide to ride back the way I left as I know there are no pitfalls awaiting me
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On the way back and the ice cream man is stopped here
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Suddenly theres vehicles galore passing through here
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A 5 Baht treat that is much appreciated on this hot days ride
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Nearing Mae Sam Laep and what a fun days ride exploring a new track, sadly I need to leave tomorrow as my visa expires on monday but I hope to get back here for some more exploring next month
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Back on the 1194 and these buffaloes are relaxing
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A new restaurant tonight, this is Mae Sariangs other Moukata at N18.09.048 E097.56.251
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The usual food here
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Includes ice cream for 129 Baht

 

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