The route 108, 1269, 1013, 3035
Total distance 121 km
I rode to Samoeng then took a left along the concrete road to ride over the mountain to Mae Win, after a few km it turned to unmade but not hard going
Theres a sign here pointing to something 500 metres away, never having rode along here before I go to investigate
Its the Mae Sap hydropower plant
I ride up a bit further to the dam and its about 1 metre below capacity
Riding on and I am alongside the Mae Sap river
Watering the strawberry crop
This man appears to be dredging the river
His two piles of dredged sand
Its a pleasant easy ride so far, little did I know what lay ahead
A nice twisty section
I meet these two in Mae Lan Kham who tell me there are two more of them up in the hills waiting to be rescued as one had broken down
Looking back at Mae Lan Kham
The next village along
This dog was just wandering up in the hills with no one around
Some good scenery when it could be seen, I had a rocky climb to reach the summit which was somewhere around 1050 metres
I stop to look at Luang Khun Win
Along here I meet the broken down guy and they tell me up ahead the road splits into two, the turning to my right was the one they used and they said it was terrible trying to get up and it took them about 2.5 hours manhandling the bikes up.
Upon hearing this I decide to (rightly or wrongly) take the left fork as both tracks are showing on my GPS map (thanks Auke).
Soon after this I was cursing as it was very difficult going down steep rutted tracks and somehow managing to stay on
That looks like a deep pool of blue water along one of the gentler sections
I managed to get the bike stuck in a water crossing and had to pull it out getting my boots full of water in the process, I enjoyed this so much that I did it again a couple more times.
The above photo was the last time and here it nearly went over but I managed to just stop it in time
This dog was at the next water crossing and looked like it lived here which was good as I was getting concerned how much more of this hard going was between me and civilisation
It looks flatter ahead and theres signs of people residing here, I hope so as theres no way that I will attempt to turn round and go back up there
Across the river and what I wanted to see, people living here and they had ordinary two wheel drive pickup trucks here too which meant an easy ride back out of here
Now here is what I should have bought, a nice low seat on a light bike with knobbly tyres on it instead of the KLX
The KLX certainly got a taste of the rough today and it behaved faultlessly
Good scenery through here and I am a happy relieved rider now that I am out of the rough and on my way home
A bit of subsidence with that house by the looks of it
It needs a bit of underpinning by the look of it
I was huffing and puffing at times today then a local would come along two up on a Honda Wave not even breaking sweat.
Just past here at N18.41.506 E098.48.186 the road becomes asphalt and stays like that all the way home.
Riding alongside the river and perhaps theres a weir or something down there as the water is making a lot of noise
I stop in at Pizza N Pasta for my lasagna with extra garlic bread for 208 Baht
To my utter horror and embarrassment I could not finish eating my meal and had to suffer the humiliation of asking Steven for a bag to take the rest home as throwing food away is a cardinal sin in my book