The route 105, 1175
Total distance 202 km
Dirt begins at N17.06189 E098.63664 and I get to ride the track I was supposed to be riding on boxing day
Just past these I take a left
I am climbing quite quickly today
Its a shame the haze is beginning to creep in already
As I stop here I can hear voices in the distance and guess a village isnt that far away
Just a couple of homes here
A bit further ahead is a village
This village is at N17.12174 E098.58047
I ride on, blindly now as the GPS has no more track showing after the village and there is a steep descent in places now
Another village at N17.12785 E098.57412
More virgin uncharted territory found and mapped today.
I dont think many people realise what a wealth of interesting places there are around Mae Sot to ride and explore and it gets ignored
I walk down to the stream but theres only a single track going on out now so time to ride back
Back in the other village there was a turn which brought me to the school
The teacher from Mae Ramat who spoke quite good English
Now when I was at school this was called a blackboard but I dont think you are allowed to call it that anymore as it upsets the lefties
Now when you have lots of time on your hands, all of Thailand at your disposal and a KLX you can explore these lovely remote places.
This is the real Thailand in my opinion and its great being out here
Riding back a couple of km I take a left onto a track that doesnt show on the GPS
Theres a village here at N17.11031 E098.59595
I ride on through but it turns to single track so its find a place to turnaround and go back
I ride back towards the last village then take a right
Down a steep hill this awaits me
Through the trees I can see this
I decide to walk on after climbing over the gate rather than dismantle it as I can hear running water and it might be a swift return.
But this was the water
It soon becomes single track
All locked up
Now three photos in different directions from the verandah
There were 4WD tracks going to here and a new building is being prepared by the look of it
Now riding back
I can see a village to my left which will be on the other track that I turned off earlier
Its just beautiful up here today
I reach the junction turning left and somewhere between here and the next village the road turns to paved, I didnt note the exact co ordinates as I wasnt expecting it.
The village is at N17.09904 E098.62450
The paved surface finishes at N17.12239 E098.63963 and I look around this quarry which I realise was what I could see from near those villages I was at this morning
The middle part of the bridge is missing
I cross over then take a left heading west and riding alongside the river in places but since the bridge no tracks are showing on the GPS
Heres far enough for today, I stop at N17.13365 E098.61425 and ride around a small village before riding back to the bridge.
I follow the course of the river by zooming in my GPS and it goes to the 1099 beneath Omkoi so I wonder if this track also goes to there.
I remember a few years ago meeting a guy on a Honda XR250 who told me he was crossing over the mountains to Tak this way
Back across the bridge and the Police are chatty and helpful
Now its a dirt track to Sam Muen and the 1175 passing through a village at N17.10738 E098.69343
I reach paved at N17.07141 E098.74111 at the 1175 then turn round a ride back a few 100 metres before taking a left and the surface turns to paved at N17.07356 E098.73891.
This goes through the village of Sam Muen where I see fuel sold from a hand pump
Spicy Sri Lankan chicken curry
Beef curry, 80 Baht the lot at Sara’s Restaurant