It's time to update the GT Rider Mae Hong Son loop map for the 4th edition. A few snaps from Friday 7th - Thursday 13th August 2009. The way: the Mae Hong Son loop in a clockwise direction. Chiang Mai - Mae Sarieng - Khun Yuam - Mae Hong Son - Pangmapha - Pai - Mae Taeng - Chiang Mai. The weather Chiang Mai - Mae Sarieng was wet 'n greasy. As this truckie found out Not quite sure how he did this going uphill The driver, uninjured & still able to smile for the farang The road seemed to be deserted in the miserable conditions, but I had no sooner stopped when I was almost involved in an accident with a herd of cattle plus an EGAT truck all arriving on the scene at once. The GT Rider webmaster was in Mae Sarieng setting up his new house & office for Asian Angling Adventures. http://www.asian-angling-adventures.com/ Moto-Rex also rode down from his new love - Mae Hong Son city - for the night to link up with the Kiwi Cruiser & I. We tasted a nice happy hour at the Riverhouse Resort & continued on with dinner at the Krua Gan Eng upstream. The KGE has live music, one of the very few in Mae Sarieng, plus an interesting menu with Dringks. The highlight of the evening was the chicken coconut milk soup, which came out of the kitchen as a tom yam - twice - & was promptly sent back twice, never to reappear amongst the cultural misunderstanding confusion. However we are sure it was still on the bill at the end of the night, however we'd had such a good time with the owner & staff that we did not protest, but went with the flow. We will be back & want to be welcomed back. Cruising the Mae Sarieng city rural back roads, some of the views & scenery was very beautiful. Wat Chomthong is on a hill S-E of town off R105 the Mae Sarieng - Mae Sot road & has nice views of Mae Sarieng city & environs, even in the wet. Mae Sarieng has a smart & beautiful cultural information at the entrance to town, but it's poor, grubby & almost useless info wise. There are 28 waypoint / deletions / changes / additions coming to the new MS city map. R108 North of Mae Sarieng is generally in perfect condition, except for the new 300 metre shortcut they made through one hill to cut off a long steep tight bend. Methinks someone cheated on the road works contract. Indeed it was another wet 'n greasy ride from Mae Sarieng to Mae Hong Son, but I survived, despite not leaving MS until 4PM & arriving in MHS in low light at 7PM. The delightful but wet 'n misty viewpoint south of Mae Hong Son In Mae Hong Son you could be forgiven for thinking that the Piya Guesthouse was closed but it is actually open for business as usual. According to Piya the renovations were to be complete in 3 weeks = end of the month August. To be continued..