Well here we are for a dirt trip on December 6th (yesterday) that was a reverse track from a trip done by SilverhawkUSA and others back in the rainy season starting in Samoeng. My apologies in advance if I don’t know all the names of the roads and places, I’m hoping the other guys will add in where I get “lost”!! HeHeHe!! (I just have a map with no GPS or lat/long data) We all met at the “X Centere” about 1km up on the 1096 from the Mae Rim intersection. The GT-Rider members were (me Rusty) pikey, SilverhawkUSA, BobS, BarryBBQ and Gregg (sorry, don’t know Gregg’s board name if he has one.) The total dirt portion I believe was tracked out at about 30-35kms. So Gregg had one of these new Chinese 125cc enduros you see for rent around town. The clutch was slipping on him so he opted out at the X centere. Probably a good idea since the trail later would have smoked the clutch out. Bad feng shoi for the Chinese bike I guess. So off we go to Samoeng, it’s been a long time since my ass had been on an enduro or a bike with knobby tires. OK, so I about shit myself on some of the corners when I could feel the knobbies slipping around, but it’s just been a while for me that’s all! As we headed off the road and into the trails there was a little confusion since the track was in reverse and the trail was hard packed and dry. After a little off-shooting and backtrack we were back on track (going forward in reverse of course!) The track was basically through the mountain trails from Samoeng heading south to the elephant camp at Mae Wang. If you have the B&B Thailand North map (best map ever!), it’s more or less a line down from Samoeng to Mae Wang. There is a mountain about half way, on my map it looks like Doi Mon Pha Sing. The trail in this area was hard packed and rutty. Power to go up and firm control coming down! It’s my understanding that during rainy season the trail was like riding on baby oil. Some parts of the trail had a very loose silky soil (about 2” or so) with the consistency of baby powder. It makes for some slippery traction if not ready! There is an old wooden temple (Wat) along the way. Sorry, I don’t remember the name or exact location. The light was great for the time of day! All in all it was a great trip for me, being the “cherry” and least skilled of the bunch for the dirt here. It was my first off-road experience in years regardless. My lessons learned/.02/advice – have a preset “return and rescue” time for fellow riders, obviously carry some tools, parachute cord, etc., and don’t try it alone unless you are ready to pay the consequences! Oh, and a few trucks did come up the trail, which left little or no room to maneuver if you were hauling balls down the trail to meet one at the corner! Just keep that in the back of your mind! Thanks again for the invite! Hey I got the bike back before rental closing too! I look forward to more and maybe some whiskey later on to ease the sore asses and bruises! Sookdee!