Mar 032012
 

The Route 108, 3005

Total Distance 182 km
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Heading south on the 3005 to explore further
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A few shots from Kong Prae Tai, fuel is sold here from a hand pump at N18.04.059 E098.08.898
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Now I am to where I left off yesterday and the first thing I notice is how much more of the road is concrete now compared to when I last rode here two or three years ago
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This was dirt last time and I remember my first ever time along here on my 650 BMW, I rode over the brow of the hill on concrete and just over the apex it suddenly turned to dust.
That was a near accident and a lesson was learnt to always expect the unexpected out here
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I take a right and ride down to a village and just through it the road turns to dirt at N18.02.696 E098.07.567
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This lady is busy collecting wood
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The KLX is propped up on its own stand today and hopefully that piece of bamboo is now redundant
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Although this dirt track goes further I am pretty sure its just a local access road and not a through track, here we both head back towards the village
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The ESRI shows a trach to my right linking up with another road but I fail to find it so ride back out the way I came in
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A right onto the 3005 then another right very soon after takes me to another village
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I ride through it then try to find the track that takes me back to the previous village.
The road turns to dirt at N18.02.123 E098.07.341 and its a double track for a short way then turns to this narrow rutted single track
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If it does go back to the other village thats the way it goes, here I turn around
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Back to the 3005 and a right then a bit further on is a T junction where I take another right
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This road goes to Ban Pha Yoe and has always been a concrete road since I first rode out this way
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Before Ban Pha Yoe I take a right onto a dirt track at N18.00.858 E098.08.549
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I ride past a village which is just off the track and finally reach a small village
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Here the road finishes and only this narrow track goes on out of the village so its turnaround time again
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On the way back I take a left to ride around the village just off the main track
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Get your batteries charged here
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Next stop was in Ban Pha Yoe where I stop for a snack and this lady sells fuel from a hand pump at N18.00.904 E098.09.171
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On all my previous rides the concrete goes just past the village then finishes, today it went a lot further
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Theres been a landslip here but at the moment the concrete road is still in one piece, its a sheer drop if it does go though
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The road turns to dirt at N17.59.733 E098.08.747
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After a while the road returns to concrete at N17.59.230 E098.08.530 and just past this point I take a right to ride to a small village
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Now back on the road and it returns to dirt at N17.59.160 E098.08.163 and apart from a couple of small sections stays dirt now for the rest of the way.
In places its easy going and in others its badly rutted
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I am at 1170 metres now and looking down on most things, this would be an awesome view at the right time of the year
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I pass a turning to my left and a bit further on can see this village also to my left
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Just a bit further on and theres a turning to the left which I start to explore then realise its not going to that village so turn around
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Lots of bulldust now
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I passed some concrete being mixed just now and this is obviously where its going to
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That road to my left that I started to explore went to this village that only now comes into view, something for tomorrows trip
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I dont need too much of that spoiling the view
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I see some houses to my left and a bit further on take a left but this is whats at the bottom
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Riding on another 100 metres and looking back I realise this was what I could see from the top, nothing more to see down here so its time to ride back
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Back at the top I do a left and the sign says Ban Huai Wok 2 km, these people are from that village
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Certainly some lovely scenery
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This is on the side of a truck in the village
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At this house fuel is sold in bottles at N17.59.491 E098.05.243
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Now time to ride back, there is another turning to my right but time is getting on and I have a long way to go so leave it out but I regret not trying it later on.
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That fire is on the track home
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Its too hot to ride through there so I wait a bit
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After the flames subsided I foolishly tried riding through but couldnt see where I was going and more importantly couldnt breathe.
I got off the bike and ran back out as fast as I could, after waiting for a while and hoping not to hear an explosion from the bike exploding I managed to get back to it and ride through.
Now if only I had tried out that other track the fire would have subsided before I got here.
To make matters worse the idiot doing the burning appeared and found it highly amusing then proceded to set more on fire
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Now I am safely past it
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The bike was covered in ash and a hole was burnt in the Airhawk seat cushion cover but thankfully the Airhawk itself was undamaged.
Its only got to last another four weeks then I will get a new one from the US for next holiday
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Some more concrete being laid on the way back, hurry up you lot there a few more km to do yet
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Now back on the 3005 and three road shots to finish with
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The 3005 was a days trip on the Phantom but with the KLX I am exploring all the dirt off shoots and might get another two more days out of it yet
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Chicken, fries and onions at Northwest tonight for 200 Baht
Get the gdb file here …

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