The route 101, 3020, 3052, 1091, 1172, 5086, 4002, 3033, 2032
Total distance 242 km
I go to the Honda dealer for an oil change once they have managed to get the knackered sump plug out plus a new headlight bulb, while they are doing this I browse on the shops computer.
A big mistake as when I got the bill it was for only 170 Baht, 120 for the oil and 50 for the bulb, I never got a new sump plug, oh well at next weeks oil change I will watch and insist on one.
I notice my tyres are virtually worn out and some of these rough mountain roads around Nan will quickly wear the remaining tread out so a new pair were ordered in.
I ride along the 101 to past Wiang Sa and take a right onto the 3020 at N18.31.438 E100.33.323
A quieter ride with much better scenery now that I am off of the 101
Today is the first time of the many times that I have ridden here that I actually know the road number courtesy of the gps
This very friendly dog comes running over
After stroking and making a fuss of him I tell him to steer well clear of Honda Phantoms if he wants to see old age
This is another road that never gets a mention on gt-rider and if I ask people if they have rode along here nobody seems to know of its existence, a shame as its a fun fifty one km road.
Admittedly its not on my maps but believe me it does exist
In the hills the gps no longer shows any road
I am over the highest parts and now on the descent towards Ban Luang
Now a road is showing on the gps and I am now on the 3052
I reach the 1091 at N18.50.995 E100.26.189 after a fun fifty one km ride
I turn right onto the 1091 for 2.4 km then at N18.51.550 E100.27.311 I take a left onto the 1172
This worker is certainly enjoying his break
The asphalt surface finishes after 7.2 km at N18.54.257 E100.27.811 and I ride along the rough track for another five km
Such a lovely quiet ride along here
That sign says Doi Pha Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
I come to a water crossing and I easily ride through
On the other side and the remains of the bridge or what was going to be a bridge
I ride on but at a fork I stop and mark it as N18.56.273 E100.27.328 for future reference as according to my Thinknet map and my gps this should go on and join the track that links the 1082 at Sop Khun with the 1188 near to Pong
I ride back and at the water crossing see that there was a narrow bridge but I prefer to ride through the water
On the way back I ride through rather than bypass the main village stopping for some photos
I imagine 2516 was the year of construction, is the 35,000 the cost of it back then?
I can hear the kids in the classroom but theres no sign of anyone
Riding back towards the 1091 I take a left onto the 5086 to cut off a corner, this is a pleasant small road that I have never noticed before and it joins the 1091 at N18.52.026 E100.28.076
Along the 1091 at N18.52.192 E100.33.159 I take a right onto the 4002
That is one steep climb up there
After 15.6 km of asphalt the road turns to dirt at N18.47.773 E100.32.411.
This is two or three km further than last time I rode here
On the ride back I ride up to a couple of villages full of friendly people
This gentleman spoke very good English and told me they were getting the black beans out manually, these are the beans sometimes found in Khao Lam
The nice twisty road that winds through the hills
Plus the brilliant scenery
I ride back to the 1091 turning right towards Nan
At N18.52.542 E100.35.246 I take a right onto the 3033 to Ban Mai Nai Fan
Upon reaching the village an unexpected sight awaited me, I am always being told by lots of people here that I am the only person who ever uses a public phone.
Now I have proof that there is at least one other person who also uses them
I mark the village at N18.51.473 E100.34.734 just under four km from the 1091
Time to ride back and again upon reaching the 1091 ts a right towards Nan
At N18.52.145 E100.36.072 I take a right towards Ban Huai Mon on the 2032
While the parents are working with the maize the kids are happily playing with the discarded bits
Foods on the go here
A lot of chicken necks bubbling away in that oil
The end of the paved road at N18.49.575 E100.35.540 after 6.6 km
I have never before seen a bike balanced like this its on the centre stand but tipped up so only one of the centre stand prongs is on the ground and the side stand keeps it from falling over.
I guess its to aid the water in dripping off from its wash
A game of badminton is in progress and a long bamboo resting on the lads shoulder acts as the net.
From here its back to the 1091 and home to Nan after a very enjoyable day riding old favourites plus a new one
Tonys Place special today was roast stuffed loin of pork with gravy,onions plus a double portion of saute potatoes for 149 Baht.