The riding season is here.. great.. only one problem.. No one has told the weather man. KLX on the train Friday night and fly up to Chiang Mai… Late beers and cheers with David and Moto-Rex. Ready to collect the bike and hit the trail Saturday morning… One problem.. My bike was bumped for a group of fat b@stard BMW’s.. Talk about gear.. I am sure they must have had the kitchen sink somewhere strapped on one of the bikes. So… My KLX is not Hi-So enough to bump the BMW’s… Of course the train is the (un)scheduled 2 hrs late as expected.. Rex and I agree.. No point trying to go any where at 3 + in the afternoon. We agree to stay in CNX for another night and check out some places along the river.. With an early on the bikes / road start at 7am… We ride up north and then begin to cut across.. Nice trail.. but we thought we had taken a wrong turn.. steep, wet, clay, slippery and the track deteriorating and getting worse and worse with no sign of vehicles at all for some time.. Thinking we had turned left too early we head back.. I am not really looking forward to this.. going down hill is not my favourite at the best of times and this was treacherous.. Engine off, using 1st gear to control the speed and riding down in the rut.. Rex took some pics of this. I took no pics and ‘enjoying’ the white knuckle ride down the mountain so much.. The path out of CNX.. You can see the route to the north we took then turned back.. That felt like 100km.. but was in reality.. less than 10km Just in to the beginning of the trail. Nature called, time to make like a bear in the woods.. A bridge over the creek - Rex riding over. Asking for directions Some scenery along the trail The way we came This was the easy stuff on the flat.. Have to wait for Rex’s pictures and video for the nasty stuff. We made it to the main road.. Not where we expected to be.. The way we went and thought must have been the wrong way was the right way.. Better left for when it is not raining or real dirt tyres.. not the 50/50's on the KLX. So now what to do.. need to be in Chiang Rai by 3 ish.. so we head up the main road and do a loop around Doi Chang in to Chiang Rai.. It was lovely.. great road for the KLX.. But terrible going down the other side.. yet again.. I was enjoying the white knuckle ride too much.. only Rex was brave enough to stop in the slippery steep mud / clay and take pictures.. on at least two occasions I felt the bike slide side ways.. front and back at the same time!!.. Duck paddling like crazy and kept control.. Just.. The worst stuff is at around 1562 metres and drops down to 526 metres above sea level.. Bike skating… The nice road on the way up.. There are some rough parts with road works.. Versys would handle it no problem. Stunning scenery all the way up.. it was hard to decide where to actually stop and take a photo.. every 20 metres is a great photo opportunity. A nice crossing, we watched the locals and they didn’t seem to worry at all and took any line they felt.. so no slime to slip us up on this one.. Rex.. Where are your man of steel photo’s? Balancing the bike and camera on the angle of the mountain in the mud…. Another great ride with Rex… Where next….. Cheers Brian PS.. Thanks Marty at CR Saddlebags for the great hospitality while there.. Pleasure to meet you and great shop you have there.