Dec 102010
 

The route 101, 4020, 4005, 1243, 1258, 4020, 3015, 3026, 1026, 3014, 3003, 3171

Total distance 231 km
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First stop was the Honda shop for an oil change and this time I managed to get a new sump plug put in, 120 Baht for the oil and 50 Baht for the sump plug and I was on my way
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I headed out along the 101 taking a left onto the 4020 to get to try out the 4005
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The workers are busy lifting these heavy sacks of maize up onto the trailer
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I was wellimpressed with the 4005 and cant understand how I have missed it before, after all it is on my Thinknet map
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Its fantastic scenery along here plus a very good surface too
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I reach the 1243 turning right towards Nam Muap
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Both my Thinknet map and the gps show the 1258 as going from the 1243 through Ban Nam Pu to the 1168 as a main road.
I find the turn off on the 1243 at N18.38.289 E100.58.170 and turn left onto it
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To my trained eye its definitely a dirt road
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Stunning scenery
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Plus its fairly easy going
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The Wa river in the distance
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Its quite a steep descent down to Ban Nam Pu
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And sure enough 5.2 km of dirt riding later it brings me to the narrow bamboo bridge that I was at a couple of days ago.
Here its N18.36.927 E101.00.271
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Thinknet and Garmin are slightly out saying this is an asphalt road
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I decide to ride back along the dirt track as I know I can do that, riding over that rickety bridge and possibly falling in a deep fast flowing river was not the wiset choice to make
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I turn left onto the 1243 and a few km later take a right onto the 4020
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Once again I am riding alongside the Wa river
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Another funroad with some good twisty bits along it
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I take a left onto the 3015 passing this
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I looked for the Wa-Nan confluence once before and couldnt find out how to reach it, today with the helpo f a gps I found it.
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The Wa is straight ahead flowing towards me
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The Nan is flowing from my left
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Now united as the Nan river they flow off to my right
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N18.33.770 E100.45.892 is the closest you can ride to the confluence, then its a walk across that field
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I ride a few km along the 1026 then take a right onto the 3014 at N18.28.612 E100.43.337
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A very promising start
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A ten km stretch of asphalt
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Some nice sections along here
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Some friendly kids but the one in the blue shirt is a bit shy
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I reach the 101 at N18.32.724 E100.41.944 turning left onto it then about five km later I take a left onto the 3003 at N18.31.900 E100.39.291
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Its turned cloudy and overcast now
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Some good bends and great scenery along the 3003s 40.5 km length which takes me back to the 1026 at N18.22.184 100.42.324, from here its back home after a pleasant day riding some old favourites plus discovering some new ones
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The 1026 has plenty ofbendsalong its length
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Its the mixed grill at Tonys Place tonight, a very filling meal for 250 Baht,I had extra onions in place of the tomato
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