Feb 082012
 
The Route 1090, 4029, 4016

Total Distance 121
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I head south on the 1090 and after a few km take a left to visit the Huai Mae Sot reservoir
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The water level is a long way down
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Further down the 1090 I take a left to visit the Padaeng mine
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I am invited in and the boss speaks very good English, this is a zinc mine and has another four or five years before it closes down
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This was the east dump that has been successfully returned to nature
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I am driven up to the top of the east dump for some better pictures
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Thats the west dump which also will be returned to nature and should look the same sometime in the future
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The water being used for processing is cleaned then reused and none is needed to be brought in from outside
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Rainwater catchment
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An interesting trip up here and I must look in again in a few years time after the mine has closed to see how it looks like then
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Some views from along an unknown road leading back to the 1090
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Now on the 4029 and it looks a bit dry along here
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A twisty road though
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After a while the road has a newish surface and goes on for a fair way before turning to dirt
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The dirt section starts at N16.36.789 E098.40.669
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There are absolutely loads of dirt tracks leading off of the roads I ride today
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I noticed a rather pungent smell in the air, possibly this is the cause of it
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The surface is a lot rockier around here but not as big as these
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A potato field
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After 6.5 km of dirt I reach the 1090 and turn left, almost immediately I turn left again to visit the Tara Rak waterfall.
These lads are swimming in a lake at the bottom of it
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The Tara Rak waterfall at N16.34.144 E098.41.667
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Now to find a way up there, my first foray around the lake ends up with me in someones garden and the second attempt off the 1090 is a dead end
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Further along the 1090 there is a sign for this and its a dirt track starting at N16.33.779 E098.41.635
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I ride on past the chedi for a bit but then turn back and ride back to the 1090
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I turn left and just down the road I take a left onto an unknown road that turns to dirt at N16.33.195 E098.42.366
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I reach a crossroads and take the right
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Through a bamboo avenue now
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Here the track I should be on does not exist, I ride to the end of this one but then its a ride back
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I follow where the track should be according to the ESRI and come to this, I can see the 4016 not far away but cant reach it
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And this is the bridge, I walk over which was dicey enough and find the track I should be on but with no way of getting to it
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I walk around in a circle to see if I can find another way across then discover the problem
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This was obviously once the bridge, no use in worrying about it I will have to ride back and find another way to the 4016.
I ride back and try another left but its a no go, the next attempt although not showing on the ESRI goes to the 4016 where I get back on asphalt at N16.32.332. E098.44.275 and ride home
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A new restaurant for me tonight at N16.42.734 E098.33.463
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A thicker crust vegetarian pizza that was tasty and filling for only 130 Baht

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