Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Pai To Chiang Rai The Scenic Way Day 3

Well after a belly full of curry in Pai and a few Snowy beer's to wash it down, it was an early start to try and avoid the maniacs on the 1095.
Day 3
Total 293km.
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The 1095 was abandoned so stopped at the friendship bridge and had a quick blast across.
146 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
147 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
The original plan was to detour when possible, the 1095 was tempting but done it to death.
148 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Reaching the turn at the NP checkpoint located at N19.27819° E98.60348° this trail has had issues in the past where the banned riders coming through, this time no questions asked.
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149 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
The sign indicates a campsite at 65km, but I've never been able to find it.
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Up to the viewpoint, the road is well paved and no problems.
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Some minor road improvements before the point.
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The viewpoint is well manicured as you would expect.
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158 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
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From here the road begins to deteriorate, concrete strips to begin with.
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Then turns to dirt as you reach the first village of Ban Nam Dang.
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Bad picture but never seen this before the sticks had bird feathers in them, presumably a Lisu thing to ward off evil spirits from the village.
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Leaving the village its all roughly graded dirt with some terrific views.
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172 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Traffic jam ahead.
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Traffic mounting up, so we rode the trail tot he left to a fantastic viewpoint and camping area with a good water supply.
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Panoramic views from the top. Located at N19.32133° E98.64246°
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178 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Definitely on my list of camping areas this dry season.
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The views kept getting better and better with clear skies after the rains.
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181 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Getting a little more washed out as we descended into the valley.
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The first of three small stream crossings ahead.
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Going for the big splash.
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This was a little deeper than it looked.
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Cracking trail now, great views, no traffic excellent.
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188 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
The last stream crossing coming up had some rather large rocks as somebody would find out later.
Located at N19.35987° E98.67702°
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You did have an option to cross this cute bridge but wheres the fun in that.
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193 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
I crossed and waited for Des to follow, sadly he decided on a different line and the large white rock you see was his nemesis.
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196 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
197 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Boom, down like a sack of spud's, of course, I was blamed afterwards, but it did cool him off.
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Again I am thinking Lisu make this shelter.
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Crossing the Mae Taeng river to the village of Ban Muang Khong.
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The village is beautiful with a very nice Wat and fuel available.
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205 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Cosy riverside home.
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Onto the 3232 now and fully paved all the way.
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210 by Bob Kelly, on Flickr
Some stunning views of Chiang Dao range.
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A multitude of spirit house's as we neared Chiang Dao cave.
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From there we hit the 1150 and home,  but not before stopping for a nice cool drink, a very enjoyable three days riding and views to die for and we stayed dry :D.