Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai - The Pikey Tour

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Ally, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Great start to the day with a hot coffee at the Chiang Mai X-Centre and an even bigger boost for me, to see Ian's wide grin, always a delight.

    There were many new faces for me gathered already and one of them, a tall giant of a man - Ray, had hired a Kawasaki Er6 for his trip. Ian took full advantage to blast the cobwebs out & took it for a spin. On his return, his grin was even wider! He seemed to like the bike.

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    After a briefing from Jeff, on the ride detail, 9 riders set off north on the 107.

    The going was good and I started to relax on the new tarmac through some of the area that for the last 4 years seems to have been constantly blitzed with unfinished road works. North bound, there is at least a single track of tarmac now most of the way. Southbound, it's work in progress.

    Why no photo's of this, don't laugh, cameras need light to take a pic & if you don't remove the lens cover, there ain't no light !

    The 107 had a little bit of traffic but we worked through that and reaching the split at Chiang Dao, the sun had come out (the cap was off the camera too!) and we stopped for a natter. Tragedy struck when Neil's bike failed to start and despite Ken getting on his knees and Pikey & Richie doing a few swiss army knife tricks the diagnosis was that the battery was post-coitus. The bike was bumped and we trundled into a local bike sales shop to see if they had a battery.

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    After the first unsuccessful attempt to find a battery here, we blasted on up to Fang to find the Nihyom Paniche repair shop to ask them for help.

    This road was a delight and again although a little bit of traffic, the road is good enough to safely enjoy the speed and the width of the road. Kevin on the Ninja made the 250 move well, as did Ben on the KLX.

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    By now it was it was 13:30 so before reaching the next battery inquiry stop we stopped at the pump in Chai Prackan & met up with a few friendly faces and had something to eat.

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    At Fang it was a negative too ! So on to Thaton & therefore resigning to get a new battery in Chiang Rai the following day.

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    At Thaton we stopped and quenched our thirsts and savoured the shade. We exchanged a few stories and got to know each other a little more.

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    The next section of road was very warm but most enjoyable, the views stupendous and the road condition excellent. But the dogs, the odd bowser & tractor etc, just waiting to tease you, were ever present!

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    Finally we arrived in Chiang Rai and joined the schools out chaos and early evening crush into the city.

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    The Orchid Guest House was wide open for all of us to stay together and the parking adequate for all the bikes.

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    Good clean rooms with towels, free coffee & internet, all for 450 baht. But if you share of course it is cheaper. But the sharing of room, who slept with who and where is not for discussion here! All I will say is, I did notice a lack of eye contact from the other guests in the residence the morning after!

    Well that's it for this report, I left the rest of the guys waiting around for a new battery before they progressed on to Chiang Khong and onwards to Nan. But for me, I had commitments back in Chiang Mai so I headed south again on the 1 down to Phayao and then the 120 over the top.

    But that's the content of another trip report.

    Ally
     
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  3. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Ally

    Nice one,, you guys had nice day's on the road and im sure the issue,,who sleeps with whom was solved as well,,, :wink:
     
  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Nice report Ally. It is good to see some new faces. Now if we can only get them to write reports. :lol:
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Excuse me & no offence, but - could these be called "Lurker Tours" :lol: :lol:
     
  6. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Ally nice report !!!! But one thing, why did you call it the "Pikey Tour" ?? I didn't see any foto with a big hole in the road, bike and rider in the hole............ :lol: , cheers, Franz
     
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Ol'Timer

    Good stuff Ally but as I am at home with my GSM dialup connection, I'll have to wait until I am back in the shop to view your pics.

    Franz, the trip passed incident free luckily, although there were a couple of landslides on the 1148 that could have gobbled up a bike & rider.

    I mounted a camera on my bike and took some video but it will be next week before I have a chance to try my hand at editing and uploading it. Watch this space.

    Cheers to all for making it a great trip and yep, it would be good to get a report or two from some of the other participants.....

    Cheers,

    Pikey.
     

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