Feb 162012
 

The Route 1090, 1167, 1288

Total Distance 222 km
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I get off just past 8am and its a cold ride for an hour or so
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I ride out for 80 km towards the Poeng Kloeng border then take a left onto a concrete road that goes down to Ban Kui Loeto
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I ride around the village and theres fuel here at N15.49.603 E098.38.906
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A bridge leads out of the village across the Mae Chan river
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Then the road turns to unpaved at N15.49.542 E098.38.922
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Plenty of workers to get this building up
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These appear to want my photo
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Another one of these bridges a bit further out
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I found that at virtually every bridge crossing today there was a concrete road going down both sides of the river to drive through
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Lots of solar panels seen today, fuel was available in this village at N15.45.646 E098.39.850
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Another vehicle with its wheel off that had snapped off, digging a groove until it stopped
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Back alongside the Mae Chan river
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That looks deep and the water is hardly moving, I find a long bamboo nearly twice as tall as I am and push it right down, even with my arm in the water I cant reach the bottom so its over 3 metres deep here
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Knowing how deep the water is no way am I trying that out
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This girl has a hand pump at her house selling fuel at N15.42.538 E098.40.896
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At last a wooden bridge
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I had an interesting conversation with these guys, they were heading down the same track and told me it goes for another 60 km to villages but then its a dead end.
After 20 km I would reach a checkpoint and here I would need written permision to enter the wildlife sanctuary.
They had theirs and it was a medical trip for them
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I was going to ride to the checkpoint but after a few km decided to not bother as it was very rocky and loose bulldust too, it would just waste time that I wanted to use exploring another dirt track on the way back to Umphang
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The old wooden bridge on the way back, I take a couple of the water crossings riding back
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I get back to the 1288 and ride back 20 km then take a left to ride to Ban Tilochi
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Its a pleasant ride to the village
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With a wooden bridge going over the Mae Chan river and leading into the village
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I ride around the village and am told theres no fuel here
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I ride north out of the village to see where this track goes to, I asked if I could get to Mae Chan this way but was told no
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A couple of km later it reaches the Mae Chan river with no bridge crossing
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People are walking over a rickety looking bamboo bridge
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Thailand never ceases to amaze me, here I am out in the middle of nowhere sweating my nuts off then the ice cream man turns up
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After I have relieved him of an ice cream he rides of through the river, I decide to leave exploring this track further for another time
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The footpath that people were walking over
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A spaghetti carbonera for 110 Baht and garlic bread for 40 Baht at Paulas Corner, it was very nice too

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