Distance = 425km
Some people would never believe it but I really have missed my bike these past 3 weeks. I collected the bike yesterday from Daeng’s workshop where they had manufactured & fitted a new exhaust system.
I went for a blast last evening but that was just to Samoeng & back so today I wanted, I needed, I had to get out on the road again with this wonderful ride.
There are no apologies for taking so few road pictures for the first part of my journey, Hang Dong down through Chom Thong, Hot on the 108, left onto the 1130, straight past Doi Tao.
I was so happy to be riding these brilliant roads that I really couldn’t slow my adrenalin down to stop & take so many photos. Besides, I have taken loads of this part of the route before. It wasn’t a case of not being arsed! it was just pure ecstasy.
So when I reached Mae Tan, where the 1130 T’s with the 106, I turned right, south towards Li.
This stretch of road is just out of this world. Recently resurfaced, lined & clean, the road is fast and very enjoyable. Just before Li the road returns to the older surface but still good and then a dual carriage way.
Just after passing through the main street of Li & passing the left turning to 1274 & the Hong Pak also on the left, I found a very insignificant turning on the right which I found to be the 3008.
This is a super little loop road and winds through the foot hills and is in relatively good condition.
Eventually it T’s with the 1087 and I turn right and stay on this road all the way to its end.
This road in fact comes to an end in Mae Ping National Park, at Kaeng Ko and the hidden little gem of water between these mountains.
After paying 10 baht for the bike and 20 baht for me, the local rate available with a Thai Licence, I rode 20 kms on some more brilliant road surface but as with many remote places, the further I rode, the worse it got.
The journey is well worth it.
I turned around & retraced my ride back to the park entrance & visited the information centre. I asked if they had any Kanom and they apologised & said “tdare me nam yen, aow mai?” They filled my bottle up with thirst quenching cold water for free!
Out of the park I travelled back to the junction with the 3008 and rode straight on. Like north of Li, some of the park, this surface has been newly laid too. A wonderful ride.
When I finally reached the 106, my smile muscles were aching so bad, as if I had cramps !
I turned left on the 106 and blasted the 100 kms up to Lamphun and if you haven’t tried this road, relatively close to Chiang Mai, it is a really good road.
Just short of the lights in Lamphun circus, I turn left onto the 1015 and ride towards San Patong then join the 108 back to Hang Dong.