Feb 292012
 

The Route 108, 1194, 4011

Total Distance 96 km
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Breakfast was at a different Muslim restaurant this morning at N18.09.559 E097.55.703
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Chicken curry and rice for 50 Baht, while it was okay it didnt have the fire and flavour that the other restaurant had and it was also more expensive
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I ride out of town towards Hot and take a right at the Mae Ho checkpoint
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I somehow miss the road I was looking for and headed out on another concrete road
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The road turns to dirt at N18.09.236 E098.03.649 and theres a few homes along here
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I reach a concrete road going in both directions at N18.08.812 E098.03.419 and realising this was the road I should have been on take a left to ride it back to where I went wrong then turn around and follow it
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Theres tracks going off of it all over the place
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I soon reach a village which I guess is Mae Ka Na and fuel is sold here from handpumps at N18.06.755 E098.03.186 and at N18.06.706 E098.03.165
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Another scenic road that I am riding for the first time today
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The paved surface finally finishes at N18.04.881 E098.02.320
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Then its a pleasant easy enough dirt section
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I stop in Huai Pla Kang and fuel is sold here in bottles at N18.03.811 E098.02.094.
My bike was quite popular with these lads
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At a junction I take a right and now I want to link up with a track that both Phil and myself rode a few weeks back.
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I didnt expect to see much water on the track, this is from an overflowing rice field
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Lots of schoolkids up there picking the cabbages
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At a fork there are two tracks going back to the road I want to link up with so I explore them both
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I remember riding through this village a few weeks ago, now its time to ride back and explore the other new track
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On the way back I meet the kids laden with cabbages
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Now onto the other new track, this leads me to where I rode a few weeks back and then its back to the 108
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Just before reaching the 108 and I cross the river with less water in it than last time
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I am back in Mae Sariang by three so lets go and find that elusive reservoir.
The road turns to dirt at N18.10.032 E097.53.379
I looked on google earth last night and I was on the right track for it yesterday but needed to go on further.
This weir is along the overflow and no sign of any water so I guess the reservoir is not full
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To ride to the top of the reservoir means riding across this, I walked over and was picking my path carefully as some of the wood looked like it wouldnt stand my weight.
The KLX can wait over there while I walk up
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To my complete surprise the reservoir was full with a very slight overflow
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I was expecting to see it half empty, but that was not the case
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I watch him slowly ride across but have no desire to copy him
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Riding back to Mae Sariang and the infernal fires are burning again.
Well today is the 29th and this is my 29th ride and trip report this month so a 100% record in february.
Looking at my website I see that 17th january was my last non riding day.
The KLX will need a major service before I go home so I guess that will possibly be my next day off
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North West Guest House for food tonight at N18.09.705 E097.55.777
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A large fish and chips for 200 Baht, red snapper too not some river fish

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