OFF ROAD - GPS tracks

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  1. dlevedag

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    I took off with the new 3rd edition MHS map and had a blast. Left at 11 am one day and was back by dinner the next.

    My off road sections were:
    Mae Taeng- Chaing Dao
    Muang Khong - Wiang Haeng ("Motorcycle only track") Absolutely awesome single track!
    Kong Lom - Pai

    Note: Muang Khong - Wiang Haeng. When you reach "Ban Ngoo" there's a long bamboo bridge to the village. Supposedly you cant cross there, and have to cross by carrying your bike down stream a 100 meters, then back across a few hundred more meters. You can get help from the villagers for 100baht per bike. I thought it was a scam, might have been. I didnt see any other option, and I looked.

    We ended up dropping the first bike in the river, and getting the plug/carb wet. Its a tuff crossing now with the water so high. Waist Level - chest level at some points.

    So we spent the night with the good people of Ban Ngoo. I was the only Farang, the first to ever sleep there. Good times. Had a kid smoking opium in the corner, little old lady fixing my cigarettes by roasting them over the fire and rolling them in corn husk, Palm Heart and rice for breakfast, incredible tea.

    Good times!

    Anyways - Be prepared for the crossing/ getting wet /change of dry clothes/ and maybe staying the night in the village (if they will let you?). Also bring plenty of water and snacks - you're going to sweat alot and use every once of energy you have.

    I kicked down 600baht for everything, crossing the river and spending the night, food and water.

    Here's a link to the GPS files. GPX for GPS and KML for Google Earth.

    Cheers Dirty
    Download MXweinghaing.zip
     
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    Oh Yeah - how about you guys start sharing GPS data? I know you got it!!
     
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    Thanks Davidfl - for you comment and for all the work you've done for riders in Thailand.

    As far as GPS data goes - I understand the value in time spent finding trails. So I'll gladly trade tracks.

    I dont quite understand the "active log' vs "saved tracks". I've only been using GPS for a little while. I'm finding new a better ways of doing things everytime I go out. So as far as saving tracks - how am I supposed to make a track file if I dont save it? If when I get home and export the active log - it'll have my all my road riding and all the stops, dead ends and so on. It would be even more of a mess than my tracks already are.

    I do understand the tracks points - I just set my unit for "distance" and to record every 0.05km ( is my math right?)

    Anyways - > Any area you want more tracks for? Sounds like you have the whole country mapped - I dont think I'll finds anything you dont already have.

    My next destination in NAN - I like the openness and the rolling hills.

    Cheers
     
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    NOTE: Muang Khong - Wiang Haeng

    I've been back since and there IS a trail (narrow foot path )that connects at the river crossing. But its hairy. Real steep and narrow with sharp turns, and a drop off that would proably kill you if you made a mistake. Its not wide enough to push your bike or put your feet down if you loose balance.

    I was willing to give it a go - but my friends said no. Looking back to it - its probably better I didnt try.
     
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    David,

    That must a mighty good GPS you have if you can make track points every one or two centimeters. The best my GPS(60 CX) can do is to make a track point every 10 meters or every second.

    With regard to tracks, if you have a Garmin X model (60CX, 60CSX, 76CX and 76CSX and probably a few of the Etrex models with an SD card as well) you can set up the unit so that every track is stored on the SD card which you can download on the PC (not sure if that is possible with a Mac).

    In the "Track Page" on the GPS go to "Set Up" and then to Data Card Setup on the bottom of that page. On the next page tick the box "Log Track to Data Card". The GPS will then save all the tracks automatically to the SD card using the date as name of the track.

    Downloading the tracks to the PC: Go to the "Main menu" page, select "Setup" and then "Interface". Toggle to the bottom of the page to "USB Mass Storage". Press Enter and the GPS becomes a simple SD card which will be recognized by the PC as such. Press the "On" button briefly and the unit reverts to a GPS again.
     
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    dleveldaq, me and big and tall are out pretty much every day if you fancy hooking up and finding some new trails, we have primarily been concentrating on the area on the south east and south of doi sutthep and have found some trails that link up, today we nearly made it from the 121 highway on singletrack to the obseratory on the 1004 up to wat sutthep, we came an agonising 150meters from succeeding beforte being faced with a ravine and a very dicey " trail" on the side of the mountain, we walked it first before deeming it impossible. however we were informed at the bottom by a thai guy that you can reach the obseravtory on a motorbike, we must have gone of the trail somewhere, it is a bit of a spiders web up there, so we will try and connect it starting from the top next time. if you are based in chiang mai give either me or big and tall an email and we probably can be of some use to one another.....
     
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    Thanks for the clarification - up until recently I didnt have any software (for MAC) that could manage track files. Then it took me a while to figure out how to delete more than one point at a time. But I'm all straightened out now. Bought "MACGPSPRO" - > GPS set to save active log to SDcard @ 0.02 KM. I'm off this weekend with a friend from Bali. He's been up a few time and I also ride with a Thai friend from CM.

    I've seen alot of you guys around town. That Africa Twin stands out!!

    I'll get on those trails in the coming weeks and get you some data.

    dlevedag (Dirty)
     
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