The Route 1090, 1167, 1288
Total Distance 208 km
First thing was breakfast at a restaurant in town at N16.01.074 E098.51.787
I am in luck today, they have some moo hunglay left, its very well cooked here and I have used this restaurant for this meal quite a few times before
This was quite a spicy one, 30 Baht lighter I am full and off I set
The 1288 is a road that you never know its condition until you ride it, I have been along here before with a real bad surface for most of the way, today its a good surface for most of the way
About 12 km before Ban Poeng Kloeng the surface is just deep dust and very slow going for 10 km
I reach the border and here I stop for a break in the shade as its been a hot ride to here.
The soldiers come out and chat, asking me where I have come from and saying no crossing into Burma here today
I stop at a shop for some refreshments and this Burmese gentleman sits down and in good English asks me where I am from and going to.
He works at the refugee camp between here and Umphang and tells me that although he is busy today, on a free day for him he could get permission from the soldiers to cross over and then we could ride about 30 km into Burma to look around and get some photos.
A shame we couldnt do it today though
The GPS shows a track heading north and going to the border not too far from the main one so I ride to it, the track turns to dirt at N15.47.966 E098.34.956
I ask the soldier here if I can go to get some photos from the top of the hill, he says yes and I take my jacket off and hang it on the bike then I ask if I can take the bike and to my amazement he says yes.
I dont hang around and quickly ride into Burma before he changes his mind
Obviously the GPS has no tracks showing but at least I can negotiate my way back easily enough which is very useful
The stones are stood on edge then one team sends one spinning across to knock the other sides stones over
I ride out as far as the river which I take to be the Da river as the GPS mentions it nearby
The plan was to ride along this road and then I would be near to the main border crossing
I was only going to ride to the small village and return the way I entered as although it would be good to see the looks on the soldiers faces if I rode through, possibly the soldiers at the crossing that let me through would find themselves in trouble.
Plus it would mess it up for others who wish to try this.
I suddenly reach a T junction, left would be to the main crossing, right went further into Burma but there was a checkpoint here with people inside the booth.
I decided a quick u turn was the best choice and quickly shot off throwing a nice big dust cloud up behind me, if anyone followed me I certainly could not see them and I rode back into Thailand after a pleasant little jaunt inside Burma
About 3 km from the border I come across what I thought was a puncture being repaired as a wheel was off
But then I noticed the engine was upside down, I give them a hand and we manage to get everything back upright again
Thats why the wheel was off, somehow they had tipped over from the top, the driver was bleeding from the face and the woman was limping a bit but nothing serious
The guy on the right spoke some English, he shook my hand and thanked me for stopping and helping, they were only 3 km from home and help was on the way.
There was no more that I could do so I rode on
I stop at the Nam Mae Chan for a break and these lads are enjoying the water
A lot of green algae in here today
Riding back and a few fires going
Dot Com restaurants lazy cat
Chicken, garlic, onions and fries for 120 Baht