Jan 052012
 

The route 1080, 3029, 1291, 4017

Total distance 241 km
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It was raining hard a lot in the night and I hoped it was only a localized shower as I wanted to go offroad riding today, it was a lovely sunny start and I put on my riding gear still wet from yesterdays storm and set off north on the 1080.
It soon dried out in the warm weather and after Chiang Klang I take a right onto the 3029
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The roads were dry until I got onto the 1291 then they were still soaked especially in the shade
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Just before Ban Mani Phruek I take a dirt track which is not too slippery
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The double track goes left at a sharp corner and the track showing on the Esri is now this single track but as its only about 600 metres to go I give it a try
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This 600 metres took a long time as it was so slippery, I might as well have had racing slicks on for the grip I was getting from my tyres.
I just let the KLX trundle along in 1st following a rut but I was getting concerned as it was downhill and if the track didnt go through getting back up would have been a real problem
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At last I get out of that horrible single track
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Looking back up it
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Its quite high altitude here and to say its a bit chilly would be an understatement
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Thats a good idea, you get that fire going
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Ban Mani Phruek and now its clouded right over but thankfully no rain today
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Now to try to ride this dirt track that should take me over to join the 1080/1081 somewhere
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I hadnt gone far before noticing that something had cut the sides of the track, I soon found out what
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Unfortunately the track is like a skid pan riding on that red stuff and I slide all over the place but somehow managing to stay on.
I am hoping to go all the way but after 7km a Thai rides the other way on a Honda Wave and I ask him if this goes to Huai Kon.
He motions a fallen tree has blocked the road ahead and no going through so I reluctantly turn round and follow him back somehow managing to get back up the slippery hills
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Back on the asphalt of the 4017
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That infernal rain ruined the offroad bits but I am determined to do this track, it may have to wait until next trip that I hope to make here in march before I go home
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Full English breakfast for 160 Baht at Tonys Place

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