Mar 202015
 

Total distance 138 km
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Todays I go to try to link up with the track that Oddvar and I discovered back in December but couldn’t get through because it was too overgrown
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Still have running water here
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I am now in the bamboo forest where I had to also turn around because of overgrown grass within a km or so of linking through a couple of days after the trip with Oddvar
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This is where I left my turnaround waypoint and the grass has been cleared by a machine which has also helpfully filled in the deep ruts too
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A short side track that was a dead end
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I have company
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This is the spot where Oddvar and I had to turn around, it was plain sailing today and it looks like the track has been cleared for a while
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Now to explore a steepish side track which was another dead end, getting back up needed a run at it because it was a loose surface
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On the way down I saw this guy going up, on my return he motioned for me to stop, he was then on the phone and I heard Farang mentioned a couple of times.
He spoke no English apart from saying no fires but was pleasant about it.
I read in the paper yesterday about people being told not to go into the forests now and it seems to be taken seriously here
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Further up I meet more of them but no problems at all, I stop later on for my lunch and all four ride past waving then a few hundred metres later on they stop at their lunch house
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Not far past them I take an unmapped right and pretty much the first thing I see is a large fire to my left, I wonder if they got excited about that
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That weir appears to be overflowing
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Back to the paved surface after linking up
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On another track and this fire was still just about smouldering in places
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The end of that track
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I was sweating buckets standing in the shade so got the thermometer out, this was the lowest I could get it to go in the shade
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Moo hunglay and rice 80 Baht at Zap 2

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