HI, At long last I can contribute something by way of a trip report. I arrived Wednesday afternoon in Chiang Mai and after settling in at the guesthouse I checked around and settled on a DTracker for one week. Having a Baja at home it felt the right choice here. I wanted to get a simple run in today to get the feel for the bike and the terrain, and of course the driving in Thailand. Sameong loop seemed a very good idea. A beer or two last evenig but an early night and good sleep should have prepared me for the day. I Went to bed and tried hard to not hear the TV going in the next room throughout the night. 4 30 am someone started banging a gong ( ust be close to a temple here I guess.) Anyway., the long and short of it is I was on the ropad soon after 6 am for the Sameong loop. 7 am I called in to see Ian and was, to be quite frank, disappointed that he was not toiling away.Is life this good in Thailand that works starts after 7 am?. Turned right just after the X center and went north to add a bit of time onto the trip. The jouirney was great, good weather, beautiful scenery and I enjoyed the bike. The downside is the size of the seat in relation to the size of my butt. I arrived Sameong around 8 am and had a rice type breakfast there and checked out the market. Well, this is where the trouble started. Sameong loop is probabnly a great ride if you get away around 10 am and take your time, but I didn't so I thought i would extend the trip. GPS on the bike had been helpful but I also had Davids map. I decided to head north to Tung Ting and have a look around there. Great idea but lacking in the execution. I took off west instead of north and was so taken with the scenery I didn't really take a lot of notice where I was going. By the time I got to the end of the paved road and hit dirt I realised that things were not as they were intended. I confess to considering an about turn but decided against it. I followed the dirt road over the beautiful hills all the way to Wat Chen. There i asked an army guy the best way home to Chiang Mai and he sent me North east in a large circle. I have tracked the route I took and have it on Mapsource along with the profile. 10 hours riding, average speed 31 kms. I have taken photos and have uploaded to Photobucket. Ill link them when I can work out the system and I am not so stuffed. A few lessons learned today but great fun and wonderful places to ride.