Happy New Year 2009 Off-road ride

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by saxonator, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. saxonator

    saxonator Ol'Timer

    Happy New Year 2009 Off-road ride

    Today we had the pleasure to explore some new terrain around the Doi Suthep/Doi Pui area. We started at 10:30 this morning. As it is impossible to get accurate data on the gps I have, I cannot give you any directions at all.

    We started somewhere halfway to Samoeng and worked our way back into the mountain of Doi Pui and Doi Suthep. It was a great trip and very enjoyable because, I found some new tracks, that I've never been on b4.

    Doi Suthep/Doi Pui is off-road paradise, if you find the right tracks. As I cannot give directions - I will let you enjoy the pictures instead.

    Total riding time: 6 hours and 30 minutes
    Total kilometers: 130 kms

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  3. saxonator

    saxonator Ol'Timer

    Part II
    Here's some more of our ride today it shows the area behind the 700 year stadium comming down from Doi Pui. This was very exciting. We found a beautyful waterfall and the small foot path thru the mountain was lotta fun to ride.

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    Dirk however had a flat tire and didn't have as much fun as we had, because of the big rocks and gravel surface. Downhill here is much more exciting then uphill.
    We also saw some traces of trial bikes on the rocks at the waterfall. I'm quiet shure the Chiang Mai Trail riders all know this area very well. It's another story on our XR's, but we had no serious problems (maybe lucky also).

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    Being on such tracks is allways full of adventure. The gps is not much of a help here, because it only show the paved roads and you're never shure where you gonna end up.
    Anyway it's good I can at least make my own maps of the off-road terrain. The best gps is still under my helmet, even it lack a little bit of logic sometimes.

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    The last passage before we were back on asphalt tooks us over a stairways, is this stairways to heaven or what?

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  4. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Agree with you that the ESRI GPS maps for Thailand is not very detailed in the rural and forested areas. But there are alternative GPS maps as you can see on the pic below which does show quite a few tracks on the Doi Pui/Suthep area.

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