The Route 1090, 1167, 1288
Total Distance 145 km
I ride out of Umphang for about 45 km and at Mae Chan take a right onto a concrete road, this cute pup was the first shot of the day
This concrete road goes for a short way
Then turned to dirt at N16.02.148 E098.39.096
Just past these ducks I take a right onto a track heading towards the border, the road ahead turns to concrete
Not far along here is a village and fuel is sold here at N16.02.164 E098.38.162
Along this track I turn right and ride to the top of the hill but its the border Police and they say no photos even though I am not at the border
At a fork I take the right which brings me to the border
The border Police said no photos, they didnt say dont cross the border so I go for a look around
I was coasting downhill in Burma with the engine off to keep a low profile when I saw this woman who invited me to the house in the local village, she said no soldiers there
Time for a look around the village
Here comes my friendly host
The house I am invited to
A view from the window
Her husband shows me around a bit
Time to say goodbye and get back to Thailand
I took a picture of this from the village in Burma, heres the other side of it from Thailand and my GPS tells me I am only 800 metres from that village
Theres a narrow bridge going somewhere
Time to leave the bike and walk a bit
This poor old gents hearing must be going, he never heard me approach and when I said hello he jumped
Further on is a village and riding through the dried up stream is preferable to riding over those bamboos
I strike lucky here, they have a map showing where we are, I explain I want to ride to Ban Tilochi and he tells me which road to take and says theres another village 4 km further on and from there I can ride to Tilochi.
I note the next village is SE of here as I am now riding completely blind as far as the GPS is concerned.
Fuel was available in this village at N16.01.755 E098.36.239
Not far out and a picnic is taking place at my first water crossing
Theres a few water crossings between the two villages and my boots are soon full of water, a couple of the crossings were a bit hairy as the rocky surface was throwing the KLX about a bit
It looks a bit smoky ahead
I catch the arsonist in action
After about 4.5 km I reach the village and find theres no fuel sold here
I am told Tilochi is only another 4 km and after 1 km I need to take the right fork as left goes back to Mae Chan
I reach the fork and decide to see if the left goes directly back to the 1288
Its a very steep climb for a while then levels out and I suddeny notice I am now back on the GPS, this track will be that concrete road that I saw earlier just past the ducks.
I decide to turn around and ride to Tilochi then try this out on the way back
The track seems to have disappeared now, the cattle are hiding it
Another water crossing
These confirm I am on the right track for Tilochi, I cross the river countless times but as Tilochi is on the river I guess I am going in the right direction
I have started walking through the water first now as some of the crossings are a bit dodgy
Finally I reach the river crossing where I saw the ice cream man a couple of days ago, sadly he doesnt make an appearance today.
This is about the 12th and final water crossing today thankfully and I ride through and on to Ban Tilochi which was about 10 km and not the 4 I was told.
Interestingly I was told here two days ago this trip was not possible, it certainly is but if I do it again I will do it later into the dry season rather than earlier.
I have no time or desire to ride back and try that other track out, it can wait until next trip here or someone else can GPS it.
I need to get back to Mae Sot tomorrow as the KLX needs an oil and filter change plus the air filter is probably clogged with dust by now
Chicken, garlic, onions and fries at Dot Com for 120 Baht
Get the gdb file here …