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    Umphang-Pa La Tha And A climb in the Hills

    The route 1090

    Total distance, riding 78 km walking about 10 km

    I was in town by 8am this morning to get an early breakfast

    Not too busy around these parts

    I eat at Khun Tom opposite the Palace Nilomon

    A photo especially for you Franz, me about to eat some Thai food, Moo Hunglay one of the nicest tasting Thai meals when its cooked properly. I have never seen anyone putting coriander on this particular meal so thats a bonus, this restaurant opens at 6am so if you get here early the foods hot, this one was hot in both senses of the word and tasted delicious

    Time to set off and believe me its rather chilly at 9 am

    Time to park the bike up and start climbing, its now 9.15 and still rather cool but I imagine that the climb will soon raise my temperature

    The first objectives

    Now for the next hill and this ones a serious increase in the heartbeat rate

    The hardest part is over and the next hill is a lot easier to reach

    To say the scenery up here is awesome goes without saying, I feel like I am on the top of the world

    Umphang on close up

    At normal distance

    The final hill

    The advantage of a timer on a digital camera

    Time to make the descent

    I am totally shocked to see another living person up here

    I reach the road and walk about 3km back to where I left the bike and reach it at 13.45, four and a half hours of climbing and walking, I should certainly sleep well tonight

    Time to relax now and ride to Pa La Tha

    Unless my memory is going I dont remember this nice new piece of tarmac along here, unlike yesterdays ride to Poeng Kloeng todays is on a decent road all the way

    A couple of km past Pa La Tha and the surface finishes

    The puppies enjoying their meal

    Yesterday it was the village of the cigar smoking women, todays its the pipe smoking women

    Time to ride back to Umphang

    I ride back, get my oil changed in Umphang then eat at Dotcom, hopefully I might have shown that theres a little more to do in Umphang than simply ride here and straight back home again

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    Admin DavidFL's Avatar
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    Chiang Mai - Thailand - Laos


    You never cease to amaze me

    Are you feeling alright?


    Hiking & climbing hills for kilometres??

    You won't have to worry about me catching up to you there!

    And to think when I was 40 I played squash every day! Plus especially loved the hot summer games in 38 Celsius heat playing on non-aircon courts for 1 ½ hrs.

    It all ended because of an altercation with an orange crush bus just North of Uttaradit.

    Glad to see you're still out there doing the business.

    Indeed atop that hill you must have thought life is good!
    Keep The Power On

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    Biker Legend Ally's Avatar
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    Oh Colin, there are just some things you don't expose !


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    Biker Legend Fishenough's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ally
    Oh Colin, there are just some things you don't expose !

    It not worse than a dead dog Ally.

    That's my kind of ride Colin, a hill for my son and I to aim for.

    There’s a few really, really great places to be in the world. One is on a nice day, one hour away from your house, on your way to somewhere else. That is one of the best feelings that there is. Open road and all you got is adventure in front of you

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