Dec 272011
 
The route 1080, 2026, 4017, 1291

Total distance 245 km
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Walking around Nan yesterday I spotted this craftsman at work
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The precision tools
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The finished product
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I take the 1080 north out of town then a short hop along the 2026
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At Thung Chang I take a right and explore a dirt track starting at N19.23.305 E100.53.499 that I have never rode before
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Its is quite steep in places but not too difficult going
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I dont know what these are but the ants seem to love them
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The bamboo was to knock some fruit out of the trees
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I come to this gate and ride through closing it behind me
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No sign of any cattle or anything
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Then its the other set of gates
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I am out in the open now and can see a village in the distance, all of todays dirt tracks were double tracks suitable for pick ups as well as bikes
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After 11.6 km I reach the paved surface at N19.23.729 E100.58.236 and turn right, the paved surface finishes at N19.23.679 E100.58.111 and here theres a few homes
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I ride back staying on the paved surface and theres a couple of Akha villages around here
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While I am used to seeing the women dressed in their costumes I dont usually see the men wearing it
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Riding around the villages I explore all the paved tracks
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Theres something going on at the village green and this girl is kept busy on the ice chopping machine
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I get onto the 4017
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Its not too warm up here but a look at the GPS tells me I am over 1300 Metres high
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Since I was last here a concrete road has been extended and I ride it to its finish at N19.25.193 E101.04.811
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Then its a dirt track thats quite badly rutted in places
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No complaints about the scenery though
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I ride an offshoot for a while and along here I am not alone
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Now to loop round to the end of the 4017
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I reach the start of the 4017 and back to a paved surface at N19.26.289 E101.04.264
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It looks like some water filters here and I guess this can be drunk
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Riding back to Nan and now on the 1291
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A small waterfall roadside
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Back at Tonys Place and my dinner arrives, a pork knuckle with double fries and onions for 240 Baht
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Yes it will all fit on the plate
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Charlie turns up to help me with my chips
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He helps himself to one as is his normal custom
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His appetite must be down as he stays on the table but doesnt want anymore, perhaps they were too spicy for him
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I cant quite manage it all and Tonys dog kindly agrees to eat the bone
Get the gdb file here …

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