Dec 192011
 

The route 1091, Offroad, 3030

Total distance 133 km
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I took the 1091 out of town and after 20-30 km took a right onto this dirt track signposted for a waterfall, possibly it was called the Sanian but I didnt make a note of it, I didnt find it either
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At a fork in the road these are washing in the stream and tell me the waterfall is the right fork, I take the left to explore first as I know the right should take me back to the 3030
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Theres lots of tracks running off everywhere but I stay on the main one
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Its a dusty scenic fun ride today
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Heres a good spot to eat my breakfast that I bought at the 7-11
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Out in the distance theres a building with a flag on it
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The obligatory TV
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Perhaps someone can translate, A Thai in uniform rides up telling me this is Police and no photos, I follow him down the hill to a new National Park that will be finished and open in two years time
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Their small reservoir is full
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Lots of dogs here
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It is at N18.55.324 E100.31.793
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This Lady spoke a bit of English and it was her who told me to come back in two years time
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A quick look around their small camp
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These kids know how to fend for themselves
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I ride on exploring another turning that ends here and I guess more building is going here
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A rather large candle
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Riding back I take another track to my left
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I am riding along here knowing its going to be a turn around, but when you are riding in scenery like this who cares
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I come to a wooded area and wonder what those trousers are doing there
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Theres clothing stretched all along the track
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I turn round and ride back, near the start of this track it was wet and very slippery and as I was going downhill I didnt stop for photos
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This overflowing pond was the culprit of a lot of the water
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For what grip I was getting from my tyres I might as well have had road tyres on the bike
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Another offshoot finds more people working in the fields
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Back at the fork where I was told which way to the waterfall I notice this sign and I guess this is the NP that I have been to
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Well I certainly didnt see any of those animals riding out here today and quite happy not to have seen the striped one too
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For some strange reason a lorry has tipped a load of these stones on the dirt track and this tractor is spreading them out
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Well there was no signs anywhere mentioning the waterfall as is often the case in Thailand, one sign on the 1091 and that was it, so where it is still remains a mystery
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Some more people stopped for their lunch along the way
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The track is getting rougher in places but still not too hard going
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I see a few of these look out posts with flags on today
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Its now a long descent of rutted track covered in bulldust
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The engine braking of the KLX does most of the work but at times today going down very steep descents on bulldust it lost traction in 1st and kept locking up because the engine braking was too great, 2nd gear was needed to overcome this
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Just past these people I meet the mystery track I rode on five days ago and now know exactly where I am
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I ride back to the start of the 3030 and take a dirt track to my left to explore if it goes to Ban Santiphap
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It starts off alright and its going in the right direction
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I take two water crossings and cross a narrow bridge
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But I dont fancy crossing this as theres a drop if things go wrong and no one out here to help
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I walk on for a look and its double track for about 100 metres
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Then turns to this very narrow single track
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Then after about another 100 metres the track just turns to nothing and drops into the water at this weir, I am certainly glad I didnt bother crossing that bridge
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I walk back to the bike sitting patiently and turn around and ride back
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I explore more side tracks but two go nowhere and this one goes up high but is probably only access to get the crops
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The view from up here though is absolutely awesome
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Time to ride back down this very steep descent
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Just before reaching the 3030 I take a right and this road looks promising
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I can see it going on in the distance and I will carry on exploring this one another day as now its time to return to Nan and eat
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150 Baht for this very tasty filling pizza at the Nan Steakhouse
Get the gdb file here …

 Posted by at 8:03 pm

  2 Responses to “Nan-1091-Offroad-3030”

  1. Is it a good one Chris?

  2. Love the trip report! Let’s check out I-Sugar, 1 block from the Post Office in Nan.
    Keep up the good work!
    Chris

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