Riders Martin ZX10 Liam ER6N Brendon ER6N Tony ER6N The plan was for a four day, three night ride through the Mae Hong Son loop. As there were four of us we decided tp take a day each for the resulting reoprt. Having drawn the short straw for the first day the challenge is to try and remember what happened. I'll take the first section to Mae Sot. I am sure that posts following this one will correct anything I get wrong and i can always edit afterwards anyway. We met at the Kafe for an early enough start at 7 am and were on the road south by around 7 10 am. I know that there was a bit of debate going on about the earlyish start but everyone seemed happy about that and the early starts carried on for the restb of the trip. There are some truly memorable sights in the early mornig, totally different ot the rest of the day. The plan was to ride south to Tak and find somewhere there for breakfast. Good fast roads and kind weather made it an enjoyable ride. Martins bike was certainly quick off the mark and we made good time. Tony tended to ride more slowly than the others but a short wait at various juncitons and petrol stations soon brought the team together again. Stopped off for a gas stop and some breakfast on the way somewhere down near to Tak as far as I can recall. God selection of thai food and we were soon on our way again. A bit later we stopped again for gas and I fille dup then waited on the road. A few minutes later I was still waiting and went back into the gas station and found the others drinking coffee and cold drinks. I must learn to pay attention. Closer to the destination we went to see the big Dam. A great ride up ot the dam and we wlso managed ot get through a security gate which led us down to the waters edge. There were some barges or boats there which had to be pulled around by tugs and from what we could gather they were some sort of party or restaurant boats. Had a chat to the people on the boats and went on board for some better photo opportunities. Brendon and Tony had parked their bikes down near the waters edge on sand and shingle and when it was time to leave Brendon rode off easily and Tony decided the time was right to demomstrate his special dismounting technique he had been working on for some time. I think the team were impressed with the athleticism and panache which which I carried out this complicated but stylish manouver. There was a fair bit of sniggering going on too, I have no idea what that was about. Onwards we trecked to Mae Sot and discovered a hotel. Not too sure that the word hotel is a fair description, it was truly crap but at least we had a place to stay even if Liam did have to share his room with a number of other occupants of the insect variety. There was some sort of festival in Thailand, not so sure what it was all about but for the most of the country bars seemed to be closed. We went for a walk and eventually discovered a restaurant/bar which would serve us. I honestly can't recall if we had a feed there too or if we went somewhere else but at least we had a place that served cold beer and somewhere to sit. Walked back to the hotel and off to bed with a decision to meet at 7 30 am following morning for breakfast. Had an early walk around the town, interesting place but it didn't really float my boat. Breakfast in a small place then loaded up the bikes. One of the keys seemed to have gone missing although it was clearly a scam which cost Brendon 500 Baht. I seriously would not recommend this hotel to anyone unless I really did not like them. Took a short ride to the border for the obligatory photo shoot by the bridge. All in all it was a great ride down, we had planned to do some serious miles that day and just get there retaher than hang aorund and sight see and that is pretty well what we did.