Dec 042010
 

The route 1091, 1188, 1228, Offroad, 1082, 1148, 1080

Total distance 266 km
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Out along the 1091 about twenty Harleys came past heading out of town, each and every one of them waved or gave me the thumbs up
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As I am nearing Chiang Muan I see this on the hilltop, perhaps its Wat Bo Bia on the 1251, something to checkout another day
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I notice this tomy right and stop for a look around
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I ride to Pong then take a right onto the 1188
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I take a right onto the 1228 and after 2.7 km at N19.08.296 E100.23.024 the surface turns to rough
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The scenery is looking good though
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The surface is a mix of rough, the occasional short piece of concrete and two more lengths of asphalt, I had planned on riding along here a short way then returning to ride the 1188 and marking the burst of asphalt but things got changed
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As I was already a reasonable way along this road I decided to try to ride across the mountains to Ban Sop Khun
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It looks like I just missed the ice cream man
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I tell them I am riding to Ban Sop Khun and they look amazed, I should have guessed then what I was letting myself in for
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I saw one of these signs yesterday on the offroad section of the 1172
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Its stunning scenery, the going is very dusty in places and not helped by two lorries coming down the hill together choking me
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As you can see its rough going in places
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A rare piece of concrete right here
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I am enjoying this ride a lot at the moment
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A village up here
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These people tell me its Ban Santisuk and I mark it at N19.02.825 E100.29.437
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The ice cream man turns up
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I am his only customer, 5 Baht for this cool refreshment
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Theresa Home Stay here but a bumpy ride to get there
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I ride out of the village andcarry on along the track but then I notice that I am not following the track to Ban Sop Khun on the gps and carrying on along here will bring me out on the 1172
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Back down to the stream and I realise I have to cross it
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The surface is pretty much the same
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The scenery remains just stunning
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There is an arrow pointing to my right and I ride up to see whats there, this is at N19.02.900 E100.30.034
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This is the inscription for those who read Thai
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From here the going gets a lot harder
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Periodically breaking out into the bright sunlight
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And at other times its like this with a struggle to fit between the trees
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I would have said that it will be hard going on a road bike but as I have been told that if a Phantom can do it then anything can, I wont, seriously though I think a 4WD would struggle.
The going is now painfully slow as its mainly first gear through ruts plus a section of a very rough rocky surface, even downhillis mainly in first with a closed throttle and gently applying both brakes as at times its a wet slippery surface
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This picture just doesnt convey how steep it is, I am pleased that the end of this very tiring offroad bit is nearing its end as my legs and arms are aching
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I am nearing civilisation and I hear voices in the distance but see nobody
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Another torturous downhill section
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Finally I see the first living person since Ban Santisuk
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This guys bike is dirtier than mine
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Another water crossing and I use the bridge
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Ban Sop Khun, the sight I was beginning to think that I would never see
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These two come hurtling up the hill laden with goods, I guess its an everyday occurence for them
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Off they disappear
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I reach asphalt at N19.05.765 E100.34.795 soaked in sweat and totally knackered
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I have no more enthusiasm for photos now, its gone 16.00 hours and I ride straight home.
Todays trip was without doubt the toughest one for me yet on a bike that wasnt meant for this kind of work.

Davidfl I guess this was the gps track that you asked for last week, once its uploaded you can download it. The usual fee applies of course
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Half a duck with orange sauce and rice at Tonys Place tonight, this is a special, it was delicious, filling and was only 205 Baht.
Get the gdb file here …

  One Response to “Nan-Pong-Through The Mountains Offroad to Sop Khun”

  1. Turn around, come back to Chiang Mai and buy yourself a KLX – your rides this year need it!
    Cool route!

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