Day 3 After a great breakfast from Shin Sane we headed off towards Doi Ang Khan. This was the day I was looking forward to the most. After discovering GT-Rider while back in Australia and reading the reports I couldn’t wait to get back and travel the road around the border. It was a really nice ride down to the checkpoint and junction of the 1089. And then an easy ride into Tha Ton, where we stopped and had some lunch and a coffee. Headed off to Mae Ai and turned onto the Road that runs around the border. It isn’t numbered on the Gt map but it joins with the 1314 at the checkpoint. I missed the turn at the checkpoint, thought it was a cash point to a waterfall, and ended up coming in behind the Buddha at Tha Ton. We had to turn around again and back track to the checkpoint. That wasn’t so bad the roads were even better the second time around. Coming up to the checkpoint there was what turned out to be an army post. I stopped and asked the boss to translate the sign for me. But before she could an Army guy who was doing something out the front waved us in telling us to have a look around. They are really very friendly around the border. We finally made it to the checkpoint and it was a lot smoother with the beancounter showing her ID than when I travelled around Doi Tung a few weeks earlier. I had to show my passport 4 times on that trip. This time they just asked the Boss where we were heading and pre ordered the meat wagon in case we didn’t make it past the road collapse. It was one of the most enjoyable roads I have travelled. Sometimes a bit broken up Sometimes very overgrown. We weren’t after the quickest time just out enjoying the trip. A few speed humps on the way. The scenery was spectacular. And the road collapse wasn’t so bad after all. The army guys told the little lady that the road had been like that for 7 years. And maybe it wouldn’t be there in 2554. We travelled down the other side and had to stop in Ban Lan to refuel. The locals said the quickest way to Doi Ang Khan was on the road that we had been on so back we went. The ER6n had been a dream the whole trip. But going up the back of Doi Ang Khan I found its and my limitations. It really doesn’t like steep rocky roads. It didn’t matter which way I pointed the front wheel it bounced the arse around wherever it wanted. Too much pressure in the tyres too much weight and too steep. After a lot of good Aussie swear words (and seeing 2 wave idle past us without a problem) we made the climb and onto Doi Ang Khan for the night. Got a nice room in Doi Ang Khang up on the hill behind the village for 500 baht . Slept really well after one of the best road trips I have had in a long time.