4010 - Not For The Faint Of Heart....

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  1. ianyonok

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    I'd heard whisperings about a scary steep road east of Phrae, so went to have a look

    I got on the 4010 from the eastern end at Na Meun, south of Na Noi in Nan.

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    All looks normal enough... Fantastic Nan roads.
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    I watched this guy lead his buffalo across the stream. The baby on the bank was crying out but then followed Mum and farmer across. No-one else around, just a nice country scene.
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    Cockeyed shot, but there are 3 waterfalls that need checking out in the rainy season, near Bahn Wang Nam Yen, halfway along the 4010 and up a smaller road a few klms north.
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    Bahn Don Moon, where the road starts climbing up to the ridge.
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    Turn off here for the steep road. 45klms to Phrae. The 4010 goes about 15klms west from here.
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    All good surfaces, concrete or tarmac.
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    Are they trying to tell you something....... 2 signs about low gear...?
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    Whoa......... Blimey, where's my parachute......?

    I'd just crossed the Nan / Phrae ridgeline and the road just falls away.
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    Yep, this is a steep one alright, with hairpin bends, as it zigzags downwards.
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    I better NOT ride this road west, on my ancient Triumph with SLS drum brakes...
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    It reminds me of the "Singapore Road" from Pha Daeng, the north end of the Phu Chee Fah ridge, down onto the 1155 south of Wiang Kaen.
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    Then you come out in the flat valley and the village of Huay Oi.
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    Looking back to the east.
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    This is the western end of the 4010, crossing the provincial border on the ridge.
    4010 Steep close.
    The GPS track elevation profile shows a 26% gradient, as you come off the ridge, on the Phrae side.
    4010 Steep indeed.

    The views along this road will be fantastic when we get into the rainy season and get the greenery back.

    But... be warned....... can you handle the 4010 and 25%..?
     
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    Good grief - 26% is awfully steep! You'd have to do a very dry mix of concrete to stop it sliding off the hillside!

    Operating construction machinery on that angle must be very scary - no margin for error if you miss a gear change on the way up.
     
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    Will check it out when in Nan next time
    Thanks
     
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    From Muang Li there is a nice dirt track taking you to 1216 (Khun Sathan road). It is on the OSM map. Farm land on both sides.
    The tracks in grey colour is mostly farmland and I have not bothered to ride them.
    The two tracks going south is dead ends. The one past Ban Nam Li takes you to Queen Sirikit dam ( nice place for camping and fishing), and I hoped the one heading south west would take me to 1022. But it ended in a small dam.
    I recommended the 4010 to some Harley boys, they have never talked to me since that. :):)
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    Ian, so the trick question now - where does it rate does in the Steepest Road in North Thailand category.

    Pha Bur

    Nong Khiew

    Meo Microwave

    Rak Thai

    The Big Dipper

    Phu Chi Fah

    Doi Pha Tang

    Huai Laeng

    The Lao U road

    R1249 the Doi Ang Khang road


    It obviously deserves to go on here too
    North Thailand Top Ten Roads
     
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    OMG its so bizarre that I see this because I was just on that road the other day!! I found it purely by accident and think it was one of the BEST roads ive ever been on! I even did a live video saying people need to put this road on their bucket list! haha! Sadly there was a lot of burning and haze but I absolutely LOVED this road!!
     
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    Here is a snippet of video of the road..
     
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    Zoee,
    Yes, that's the road. Will be a cracker when we get the green back....
     
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    I agree. I think the views will be fantastic once it's lush and green.

    Has the perfect combo of everything you want from a twisty stretch of road imo.

    Some fantastic view spots and some great twisty rollercoaster sections with some technical "eek" moments..Haha. Was thrilling!

    Even when it connects to the main road to Phrao it's another nice road..but more sweeping, which is actually perfect after a technical road i think. Was a nice wind down section before arriving into build up traffic zones.

    Starting to really miss green now. It's been a long dry hot season!
     
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    Thanks for the great info. I'll give it ago in November, when it's cooler and green
     
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    This is good info Oddvar, Thank you. Looks an area worth investigating more. I think the bottom part of your outlined trails is where the 3 waterfalls are.

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