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Today I came to the realisation that other bikers could have made my life easier by telling me about something I had not understood before despite it being so blatantly obvious

Roads you ride, I thought go from A to B, B to C & so on. And for all my life I have used this analogy to make a loop on any journey.

Today it hit me between the eyes that I need to change my thinking in that all roads are not loops and many of the roads I have already and will travel in the future, are just A to B to A.

I have been driving 4 wheels for 35 years and riding seriously just 2. And to now understand the pleasure of finding some new route but feeling disappointed at having to totally retrace my path, helps me to appreciate the endeavours some of the other longer in the seat riders have put into their riding career.

My route today took me to the 1230, with the specific intention of following a side road I had ridden a little way up before but wanted to find out more.

At the top of this road I was forced to turn back as the mud and incline were not going to allow me to continue.

Slightly disappointed, I headed back down the same road and investigated another side track off the 1230, sign posted to Mae Raum Waterfall.

This track is directly opposite the entrance to Tardmuey Waterfall, which today was closed.

After a little bit of mud, it turned into soil and then concrete for quite a way & then returning to soil.

I came across some workers taking a break. This was at the entrance to Pha Lad Waterfall.

If you visit here, don’t go expecting Niagra. Yes there is water and it flows over some rocks and makes a bit of noise.

The workers finished their break and after exchanging a few “Jao” ‘s I followed their suggestion of visiting the other waterfall further up this track.

I past through a resort development called Mon Come On Camp and eventually found Pha Bong Waterfall. The feature is what you see from standing on your toes, reaching around the concrete post and squinting. It’s a waterfall but again just a little one.

Never did find Mae Raum Waterfall.

Plenty of cattle on all the roads today and where there are cattle there are turds.

My return from the 1230 took me through the Huai Hong Khai Royal Project & I satisfied a question I had from the last visit to this area a month ago. Last time I followed the signs for a school down this way and wondered if the names ‘School for Life’, ‘Children’s Shelter Home Union’ were one of the same. Nope, they are 2 children’s homes just a short distance apart.

When I reach the 118 I turn left to Doi Saket & Chiang Mai.

Distance 120km

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Mae On – 1230 & 2 side roads

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