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The morning was sunny but I was well aware of the amount of rain we have had overnight, so there were no surprises when I saw a bit of mud today.

I took the curves on the Samoeng Road (1269) up to just before the SCB Training facility and at the sharp left, I took the hairpin left turning which many folks just ignore.

After a short time, this tarmac turns into broken soil and indeed this deteriorates in places to puddles of mud.

I wanted to practice my paddling as I have recently come to realise this isn’t easy and is a skill to be learned. Put your foot down at the wrong time, move your weight, contact the ground, lose momentum are things that Marc Rossi has for breakfast lunch & evening meal but I’m just getting my first lessons.

Up the first few climbs, the views are gorgeous and the jungle green & lush. At various places along here, people are hard at work and you appreciate some of their difficulties of fighting with the ever encroaching jungle.

There are a few difficult up’s and down’s along this track but it’s an enjoyable ride.

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