My 2019 Motogp

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    A longish trip in 2019 going via Chiang Mai unexpectedly.

    The day before departure cleaning & lubricating my chain I could hear a squeal coming from the rear wheel.
    Oops a rear wheel bearing on the way out, it may not make it down & back I thought, so you'd better replace it before hand.
    I rang a bike shop in Chiang Rai to check if they had any, but the reply was unsure until they saw the actual culprit bearing. It should be ok, but maybe not.
    So a phone call to Piston Shop in Chiang Mai, resulted in a positive answer. Yes we can.

    My original plan was a 3 day ride going down
    Chiang Khong - Phrae
    Phrae -Chumpae
    Chumpae - Buriram.
    I had gone down in two days last year year but it is a bit of a boring ride, so I thought whats the rush? Take your time & go down in 3 easý half day rides. You don't have to prove anything.

    However the rear wheel bearing issue changed the route somewhat.
    An early Chiang Khong [email protected] 6,30am saw a fogged in ride for the first hour along the Mekong, and the fog was so thick you could not see the river. Confirmation that the cold season was incoming fast.
    In Chiang Mai I hit the Piston Shop @ 10.30AM; loh and behold the lack of the correct wheel bearing necessitated a hunt around town for the right one. Grrh. A check of the front sprocket also indicated that Supersprox sprocket was just starting to wear & hook, at about 20-25%. 30,000 kms the sprocket been on, so no complaints.The rear Supersprox is still ok & the RK chain from the USA has a bit left in it yet - at least down to Buriram & back.
    Eventually I got away from the PIston Shop @ 3,45 in a hurry& "under pressure" to clear the Lampang peak hour.

    Arrival time in Phrae was 6.15pm with the Nam Thong hotel my place of stay
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    & the Krua Hom restaurant my dining venue for the evening.
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    to be continued..
     
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    Day 2 is Phrae - Chumpae, however before setting off I needed to check the chain. I could feel that it wasn't pulling that well on the sprocket, despite putting a new sprocket on. So did it really need a new chain as well in Chiang Mai the day before? Nope, it was just too bloody loose. In the hurry to get away from Piston Shop to beat the peak hour traffic I didn't really take a look at the bike again. Blind faith? I should know better..

    So I hunted around in Phrae for a shop, & right round the corner from the Nam Thong Hotel was the best one: Thailand Motorbike.
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    After a Wee Wee Brekky
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    & chain adjustment done I was on the road at a leisurely 11.45AM!


    Phrae - Chumpae = 400 kms & is an excellent biking road.
    The routes 101 / 11 / 1246 / 1143 / 2013 / 12

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    Going this way via Nakhon Thai you avoid the silly 90kph speed limit on R12 & the police radar near Phitsanuluk.
    Plus R1143 / 1246 / 2013 are awesome motorcycle roads, especially the magnificent technical R1246.

    Gently pottering along, arrival time in Chumpae was a pleasant 6pm.
    The wonderful Tummi GH was my place of stay
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    Dinner was at Mr Max Restaurant & Pub, but I won't be going back.

    And my day was done.
     
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    Day 3 Chumpae - Buriram, another easy half day ride & an enjoyable back roads one looking at scenery that I shouldnt have been looking at.

    The master plan was to hook a right at Chumpae & head down R201 to Chaiyaphum, then make a left & head East, cross over R2, the 4-lane super highway, continue on East for a bit, turn right a bit later on & then wind my way gently S-E to Buriram.

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    314 kms was the distance I rode getting away from Chumpae @ 10.15AM & arrived in Buriram @ 3PM. It should have been a lot quicker but my navigation relied on some grey matter used last year & I ended up on the wrong side of R2 for an extended period of time.
    I was making good time from Chaiyaphum & approaching a 4-lane intersection I thought wow, that was quick; & as the light were about to change I gave it the berries, ran the light & crossed R2 quicker than I thought.

    A few kms later I made a right & started working my down to Buriram.
    I thought I knew where I was going, but 45 minutes later I was not so sure as I didn't recognise much from last year.
    Stopped at a life saving Amazon-PTT I did the right thing & consulted the smart phone & Google maps. The smart phone didn't agree with my upstairs ageing grey matter & I was astounded to find that I was still on the West side of R2. I had not yet crossed what I earlier thought was R2, but was actually winding my way S-W on the wrong side of R2. What the hell. I could only have a good chuckle at my stupidity & turn on the google maps to follow.
    So I ended up entering Buriram from Phimai & can confirm that all roads lead to Buriam & most of them are under bloody, construction, especially around Phimai.

    The Baoburi was the place of stay for MotoGP
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    Day 4 Saturday MotoGP Practice

    Up at 7.30, breakfast at the hotel & light misty rain was falling.
    Entering the track at 9am of deluge of biblical proportions hit & the place was flooded, as well as us drenched without any rain gear.
    How lucky can you get.
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    From the grandstand you couldn't see the other side of the'track.
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    An hour and a half was lost to clean up the water & track, before it was safe to practice on.

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    Practice got underway & there were a few interesting spills
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    The crashed bike rescue vehicle was a beauty
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    but MM93 was not the only crasher on Saturday.
    The doctor also went down & he too suffered a machine rescue retrieval
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    A few more to come....
     
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