Feb 022012
 
The route 1194, 108

Total distance 106 km
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The first thing I noticed this morning was my number plate was hanging very loose as one of the nuts had worked loose and fallen off.
A quick visit to the Castrol Bike Point and it was fixed, but not before I was charged the extortionate sum of 5 Baht for them to fix it.
A great service from these people every time whether its for oil, tyres or other fixes that are required
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Now out on the 1194 to explore some new roads
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I take a left to try out a road that should bring me out at the bridge in Sop Moei
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Riding along the Mae Yuam for most of the way
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The surface turns to unpaved at N18.00.723 E097.54.572 and then these guys come along
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Its a pleasant scenic route
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After a while there is a concrete section then more unpaved followed by a bit of asphalt, a bit of what was possibly once asphalt and a bit of what has probably never been paved so I guess this needs to be designated an unpaved track from the waypoint
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An absolute monster Richard III there and these guys are giving it a very wide berth too, probably a wise decision as I wouldnt fancy the bikes chances if it hits that
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I reckon even the KLX could have struggled getting through that one
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The bridge at Sop Moei and I reach the proper paved surface at N17.57.824 E097.55.431
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Some kids enjoying a dip in the Mae Yuam
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I ride across the bridge and upon reaching the 105 go straight across it to explore more new territory for me and its a paved surface to start with
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Then comes a short 0.7 km unpaved bit from N17.58.327 E097.56.315 to N17.58.185 E097.56.751
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Back on a lovely twisty asphalt bit now
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At N17.58.677 E097.58.283 the surface returns to unpaved but its easy going
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A choice of routes now, right appears to be a dead end at a village and so I take the left
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At N.17.59.333 E097.59.173 the surface is now concrete and a choice of routes, I take the right signposted to Ban Mae-Oag-Tai
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While I am stopped these two come along and stop beside me
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No fear of the bird escaping
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The concrete finishes at N17.59.646 E097.59.325 and from here on its an alternating surface that I dont bother recording as even some of the concrete section is very rough
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Brilliant scenery and its a shame that the sky isnt clear to really appreciate it more
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I reach Ban Mae-Oag-Tai
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I dont know if this has just arrived or is about to leave
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The truck carrying the wardrobes left just before me and I managed to get past it on a straight concrete section, I stopped for photos on the way back and was surprised at how good a progress the truck made
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I get back to the junction and turn right and now the sign says Ban Mae -Oag-Nuea, its a good concrete surface until N18.01.280 E097.59.810 then it turns to dirt and stays that way until I reach the 108 apart from a few short concrete bits on steep hills
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In the village and here I am told no fuel
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Heading north and lots of choices but fortunately today the ESRI has these tracks on it so navigating the right way is easy
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Finding the correct track is the easy part but the track has now become steep, rutted and rocky and care is needed on this part
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I ride through another village at N.18.03.931 E098.00.694 and here they have fuel
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Stopped for a photo and suddenly I am not alone
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Nearing the 108 and a shallow water crossing
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A bit further on and another one
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This is where it comes out on the 108 and the end of todays new tracks
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Eat your heart out Kevin
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Chicken steak, fries, and onions for 200 Baht at the Sawaddee

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