R101 - Road Works - Pon (Chiang Klang) - Huay Kon

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March 2024
There are road works underway widening the road for the high-volume truck transport.

R101 North from Pua to the border is 82kms,
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It is one of the North's great roads & dare I say it, potentionally the greatest road / ride you can do in the North - once they have finished the road improvements!
There is a lot of truck traffic on the road, taking fuel & cement to the Hongsa power planet, such that the old road is too narrow, tight & steep in places. But the trucks still do it, slowly!
North from Pua the new improved road, alternates between 4 & 2 lane for 48 kms to Pon, where R101 crosses the Nan river.

From Pon the road gets exciting, it soars up & down through the mountains.
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There are 34 kms of road works where they are cutting a wider road through the terrain, & you probably wouldn't want to be here on a road bike in the wet season.
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It may look ok, but imagine in torrential rain all that dirt washing down over the road, or being on some snot dirt sections for a few kms.
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The cut through the mountains.
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I can well imagine a petrol tanker or cement truck getting stuck somewhere on a bit of snot - no traction - and scores of vehicles get blocked.
It is what it is & will be frustrating fun for many drivers in the coming wet.
Impressive it will be when finished & they will need a minimum of 2 wet seasons to get close to finishing the job.

The first border turn off is a dirt road.
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If you want to skip the dirt section, & ride on asphalt, take the 2nd border turn off here

The border
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