The route 1168, 1243, 1123, 1083, 1026, 3171, 101
Total distance 307 km
I ride out on the 1168 stopping at the Huai Haet reservoir
Its 2-3 metres below capacity
At Mae Charim the workers are busy toiling away in the field
A bit further and these schoolkids are doing some manual labour today
Sexual equality here, the girls are doing exactly the same thing
In the hills now and theres the Wa river bubbling away
I call in to see how the hydropower dam project is going, I imagine this is the exact point for the rivers flow to be stopped and next holidays visit should see it full to capacity
This building and the electric bits were not here in january on my last visit
I dont understand this, they are metre markers but its not a 230 metre high dam
The weir is now finished and not a massively high water level so perhaps not too big an area will be submerged
I am looking and estimating that about 11 metres lower at the 200 metre mark is where the water enters the turbines so goodness knows what the 211 metres signifies unless its above sea level.
Any ideas anyone?
One of the engineers tells me it will be operational next year
The 1243 is a good fun road along here
With this brilliant scenery
There doesnt appear to be so much loose debris on the road today
I reach the unmade section which starts at N18.21.173 E100.59.203, about five km before here the road surface badly deteriorated for the whole 5 km length
There were a few of these in the shade
Its fairly easy going to start with
With lots of dense bamboo forest
Theres road signs along here
Plus good views when you can see it
Even km markers, the only thing missing is a paved surface
In places its easy going then there are some really rutted parts plus lots of loose large stones make the journey hard going for some of the way.
I would definitely not recommend this for larger heavier road bikes, motards and DP bikes only
Water and there are signs here that people do come here
I dont believe it, for the first time ever in nine years of riding this road I see another vehicle along here.
I stop and tell them its 14 km of a rough track in a car
16.5 km later at N18.21.244 E101.03.251 I reach the asphalt section which is on the province border, this 16.5 km took me 54 minutes to cover.
I guess this is another road that will never be paved the entire length
This Monk is just about to start walking the unpaved section, rather him than me
Theres been a landslip here and thats some almighty large boulder sitting there
The lovely twisty 1243 that awaits me
I take a right onto the 1083 to ride to Na Noi
The same stunning scery through here too with equally no traffic either
The Nan river
I dont have time to wait and see them ride off towing the trailer through the field but I imagine the Honda Dream managed it okay
Its half a roast chicken with stuffing, fries, beans gravy, onions and chillies at Tonys Place tonight for 154 Baht, this was a special and isnt on the menu every day.
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