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and another fantastic ride on yet another new track discovered by out 62 year old friend from Austria. Today Oskar came along and he did great. I lost at some point my phone in the middle of the Jungle. Later on I faced some issues with the starter motor and was forced to turn around, should have left the kick starter on the bike.



 

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and another fantastic ride on yet another new track discovered by out 62 year old friend from Austria. Today Oskar came along and he did great. I lost at some point my phone in the middle of the Jungle. Later on I faced some issues with the starter motor and was forced to turn around, should have left the kick starter on the bike.




That bit @ 17.37 + is nuts.
Did you see any mushrooms?
 

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no mushrooms, I think they need rain too after the burning, yes agree after 17 plus minutes it got pretty nuts
 

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Finally back on the bike, after my XR250 smoked like a 2T, I had to do a quick rebuild, fortunately a friend of mine still had a 77mm Wiseco Piston, that was still good, so I used that one and could do it the cheap way.
The bike runs great. Today we hit out behind Ang Keb Naahm Mae Jo and Mae Khuang Dam, there is still so much unexplored terrain, so it is always fun to connect the little trails to get a nice map. There's some insanely steep hill climbs, that are pretty hard to do, but no problem today. After 2 hours ride had a break for a swim and then continued our mission further more into the deep jungle. Good fun, hope you enjoy. Cheers


 

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Cheers David, just trying out something, my equipment gets pretty old, same like me I guess. Sometimes it is very hard to create stuff and keep up with all that new technology. Hope you still enjoy somehow.
 

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What a great Sunday, my buddy and me knew already we probably gonna bump into some group of Thai riders, as Sunday's it is always very busy behind Ang Keb Nahm Mae Jo.
Just shortly after entering the "Lost Phone" Trail we met the first bunch, we rode with them for a while until they split off to repair a Tyre. Erich and me tried an insanely steep hill climb,
I didn't get the required grip with my worn off Tyre. I was forced to turn around when myself encountered a flat Tyre. Luckily there's a repair shop not to far down the road that is open on
Sunday''s and can fix a flat. Out of a sudden Khun Bank from Mae Rim showed up with a bunch of riders and he asked me if I knew some new tracks around here. I took them along a nice
hill climb and then we re-joined with Erich on Top.

Some of those bikes must have been 40 years of age and assembled in some hidden backyards...some were in such desperate condition, that I didn't expect they could make it very far into the
Jungle. Good attitude from those guys. I cannot believe we managed to bring home every bike undamaged. A wonder. After a very steep down-hill section we were ready for some cooling at the lake
. By now it was 5 pm, everyone was super tired and I just jumped into the lake with my complete Enduro gear...haha. Bank took the bike into the lake and gave the rear wheel a fast spin so
we could take a nice shower. So much fun riding with different groups and ending the day like this was for sure a highlight.

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and yet another day in our second home the Jungle around Mae Jo/Mae Faek. Erich told me already about this new insane hill-climb, that would bring tears of joy to my eyes :p. He didn't disappoint me as usual and it was for sure
an insane climb. The trail was named after a trail in Romania, the local rider's referred to as "Christopher Weg" or in English Christoper Trail. Last time riding I ran out of juice and didn't have no power in this crazy heat. Today the riding temperature was near to perfect . Before getting to that climb we had to cover a couple of kilometers of tarmac and some fast gravel roads, before we landed on the small single trails that brought us to the hill of no return.

Happy, as I just fitted a new Quick rear tire to my XR the day before, I was ready for this adventure. But you cannot be to sure about the overall condition of the track, because of the ever-changing weather here in the North. Today the grip was better then expected, but the loose rocks were still a bit of a hurdle to take. Slowly those old 4-stroke vintage machines carved their traces into the mountain moving slowly forward without regret. The Honda XR's are like tractors, they just keep going forever with little maintenance. We carried on for quiet a bit over the top of the hills until we reached a very long down-hill section. We had stunning views over the surrounding neighborhood, almost a 360 degree view. As we reached a very nice rock formation it was time for a crazy descent, at one point we had to push our bikes, because the surface was too loose to get grip and we didn't want to risk falling down there. In the video it doesn't look steep as usual and one can only wonder if there;s ever gonna be a solution for this. How can it be, that having a slop between 45 and 60 degree and still everything looks flat like a mattress.

After leaving all those climbs and down-hills it was time to hit back towards Mae Jo over yet another single trail, but to our surprise the track was so insanely overgrown, that we just couldn't make out the trail. Nevertheless I insisted of pushing through this. It's always a bit of a risk when doing this, because you cannot make out the underground and many times we got stuck in swamp like conditions, that costed us valuable time. But not today we just tracker-ed thru all that mess without regret. After 20 minutes plus in that condition we finally found the entry of the single trail. Happy Days! Ah not just yet...Damn! The Bamboo had overgrown the track in most places and we had adjust our speed accordingly. After fighting with, small gravel, little stones, hard rocks and big boulders and spiky Bamboo we had enough of all this for today and we had some Kao Soi on our way back home.
 

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Today a little bit of a change. Not motorcycle related, just a little fun video I made. I had this 70's Disco Beat in my head with a bit of a Jazz Funk vibe. Instead of doing solos, I decided to record some clips from my conversation on "Line" with my Thai GF, this was fun, put it in the sampler of my DAW and launched it over the music I did. After that I took all kind of phone apps to create the video material and later the cartoon like elements. The music will be in the next upcomming riding video. Have fun and be safe
 

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Today a little bit of a change. Not motorcycle related, just a little fun video I made. I had this 70's Disco Beat in my head with a bit of a Jazz Funk vibe. Instead of doing solos, I decided to record some clips from my conversation on "Line" with my Thai GF, this was fun, put it in the sampler of my DAW and launched it over the music I did. After that I took all kind of phone apps to create the video material and later the cartoon like elements. The music will be in the next upcomming riding video. Have fun and be safe

You've never looked so handsome Rudi. I'm impressed.
 

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It started of as splendid day with my Son’s new Kawasaki KLX 150 and me on the good ol’ Honda XR 250. My son is a pretty good rider for his 15 years of age and his fitness is beyond what I could ever ask for.

At least I got a little more juice in my engine and I tried to give my old Iron Horse the spores. Which went well until my stamina dropped down to frightening lows. So we carved our way thru the mountains of the surrounding Area behind Mae Jo and we jumped for a bit on the well known Mae Jo Loop, but not too long before we entered what we have called “Rock Garden Hell”.

This is the section where my son on his old KLX 125 took a dive from a cliff boring a hole into the crank case. From that time on I called it “Rock Garden Hell”.

We were now about half way into the naughty dried river bed section, it was narrow but immense fun, only the Bamboo reminded us of riding a bit slower, it is a bit like being tortured with a wire brush, if you ride too fast here.

This time of the year the jungle grows like crazy and everything was completely overgrown and it was sometimes hard to make out the trail. The nice boulders had collected a lot of green moss and the traction was not the greatest over those rocks. My son’s bike didn’t start anymore and it was quiet some task to push it through those gnarly sections. It took a lot of stamina to do this. Turning around was not an option, as it was all downhill so far and pulling the bike up, would have been insane.

So we kept going. But little did we know, what expected us a Kilometer further more down. At the spot where Oskar went down the cliff before, there was a snake inside the tree, probably a Malayan Pitviper, but not 100% sure. Tried to make a video, but the footage was not usable, you don’t see anything in it, we were not close enough.

I was trying to start the KLX 150 on the downhill section, but the underground was too soft and even in 4th gear it wouldn’t start. So I decided to get a rope in the next village and went off and kept Oskar waiting for me. After about 20 minutes it was pretty clear, I would not be able to get out of the Jungle before dark. So I decided to turn around and get my son. Now my bike started to make crazy things and it would die every 5m for no obvious reason. I decided to leave the bike now and walk back to my son. It was still about 2 km, but not too bad at all. When I was close enough I shouted after Oskar to get his things and come towards me. After the third attempt he finally understood and came towards me a couple of minutes later.


Now it was already after 18hrs00 and I knew if we cannot get out soon of this situation we may face serious consequences. No water, no food, no power…do I need to say more? I spare you the rest.


The Honda kept going for maybe another Kilometer with both of us before it war retired in a wild overgrown corner of the Jungle. Luckily both of our phones were still on over 80%, so we still had torches for a while. Still no reception on the phone and now it total darkness and very narrow
bamboo grove.

We both were very thirsty and hungry. Both 3l bladders were empty and we didn’t have any more supply from our camel bags . We had to leave most of the gear behind because it was too heavy and I was pretty sure we had to walk at least 10 to 15kms to reach civilization. We had a few naps of 10 minutes and then kept going. I still was not 100% sure if I was on the right trail or not. I must have had great luck about 21:30 we found ourself on a wide gravel road, that I was able to recognize. Yes we were on the right trail and we are getting closer, but still no reception on the phone.

After walking for another half hour we finally got reception and my GF was on the phone. I tried to tell here the whereabouts, but very hard to explain if you never have been in that area. My daughter still remembered the track and so they organized a car in no time and we got picked up at about 22:30.

We had some quick water and then jumped on the back of the pick-up before going straight to a Seven 11, to fill our stomaches with all kind of food.
At 23hrs00 we were finally back home, a quick shower and then every one fell into a very deep sleep.









Day 2: The RESCUE

As I don’t have a car anymore we had to borrow the pick-up truck from some friends. We started off 10 am and arrived at the Jungle site, shortly after. Now it would be a lot of cutting, sawing and clearing the path to the bikes out. The Honda was only 2kms away, but the Kawasaki was much deeper in the jungle and it would be a long walk.

After half an hour we got the Honda, there we left the grass trimmer behind as it was of little use. The Machetes did a much better job. My wife was collecting bamboo on the way to keep here spirit up. The fresh bamboo out of the jungle is the best. The bag got heavier and heavier and we had to leave behind us and would be collecting it later on, on our return. The bush got tighter and tighter and the saw and the machete were constantly at work. We took another break in a shady Bamboo grove for a couple of minutes before continuing the uphill section. And more bamboo shoot, this time even bigger. There was not stopping my wife now. She was totally into this and I didn’t want to stop her either because I know how good here bamboo curries are. While digging out a fresh shoot, she got attacked by some nasty Jungle Wasps. Extremely painful and the swelling started immediately.

She must have sat there for about 10 minutes, the pain was so strong she could barely move. After that the pain disappeared and the swelling got better again.

Never seen anything like this. Really Crazy. Now we had the little Kawa going up and down the path over roots and rocks and old tree stumps. Su pulled the rope like a dehydrated camel on chilies. Once we left the forest section we got into the high grass and reed section. My wife pushed, Oskar pushed and Su pulled like a tractor. What an unbelievable pace over this uneven terrain. A few hundred more meters and we would enter another bamboo grove. We had to clear some more to get the bikes through. Shortly after that we arrived at the Honda. I geared up and tried to start it again. To my very surprise it ran, but would go out whenever I would turn the steering to the left, so I tried to avoid going left, which was almost impossible, but at least the bike was up and running and tried everything not to kill the engine. 15 minutes later I arrived at the car and shortly the rest of the gang arrived in good spirits but totally knackered. Uploaded the Kawa and rode the Honda back home.

I am totally grateful to have a family like that, everyone was such a force today. Time for a well deserved shower and hopefully a great Gaeng Nomai (Bamboo Curry)



This is my son's video from our mission
 

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It started of as splendid day with my Son’s new Kawasaki KLX 150 and me on the good ol’ Honda XR 250. My son is a pretty good rider for his 15 years of age and his fitness is beyond what I could ever ask for.

At least I got a little more juice in my engine and I tried to give my old Iron Horse the spores. Which went well until my stamina dropped down to frightening lows. So we carved our way thru the mountains of the surrounding Area behind Mae Jo and we jumped for a bit on the well known Mae Jo Loop, but not too long before we entered what we have called “Rock Garden Hell”.

This is the section where my son on his old KLX 125 took a dive from a cliff boring a hole into the crank case. From that time on I called it “Rock Garden Hell”.

We were now about half way into the naughty dried river bed section, it was narrow but immense fun, only the Bamboo reminded us of riding a bit slower, it is a bit like being tortured with a wire brush, if you ride too fast here.

This time of the year the jungle grows like crazy and everything was completely overgrown and it was sometimes hard to make out the trail. The nice boulders had collected a lot of green moss and the traction was not the greatest over those rocks. My son’s bike didn’t start anymore and it was quiet some task to push it through those gnarly sections. It took a lot of stamina to do this. Turning around was not an option, as it was all downhill so far and pulling the bike up, would have been insane.

So we kept going. But little did we know, what expected us a Kilometer further more down. At the spot where Oskar went down the cliff before, there was a snake inside the tree, probably a Malayan Pitviper, but not 100% sure. Tried to make a video, but the footage was not usable, you don’t see anything in it, we were not close enough.

I was trying to start the KLX 150 on the downhill section, but the underground was too soft and even in 4th gear it wouldn’t start. So I decided to get a rope in the next village and went off and kept Oskar waiting for me. After about 20 minutes it was pretty clear, I would not be able to get out of the Jungle before dark. So I decided to turn around and get my son. Now my bike started to make crazy things and it would die every 5m for no obvious reason. I decided to leave the bike now and walk back to my son. It was still about 2 km, but not too bad at all. When I was close enough I shouted after Oskar to get his things and come towards me. After the third attempt he finally understood and came towards me a couple of minutes later.


Now it was already after 18hrs00 and I knew if we cannot get out soon of this situation we may face serious consequences. No water, no food, no power…do I need to say more? I spare you the rest.


The Honda kept going for maybe another Kilometer with both of us before it war retired in a wild overgrown corner of the Jungle. Luckily both of our phones were still on over 80%, so we still had torches for a while. Still no reception on the phone and now it total darkness and very narrow
bamboo grove.

We both were very thirsty and hungry. Both 3l bladders were empty and we didn’t have any more supply from our camel bags . We had to leave most of the gear behind because it was too heavy and I was pretty sure we had to walk at least 10 to 15kms to reach civilization. We had a few naps of 10 minutes and then kept going. I still was not 100% sure if I was on the right trail or not. I must have had great luck about 21:30 we found ourself on a wide gravel road, that I was able to recognize. Yes we were on the right trail and we are getting closer, but still no reception on the phone.

After walking for another half hour we finally got reception and my GF was on the phone. I tried to tell here the whereabouts, but very hard to explain if you never have been in that area. My daughter still remembered the track and so they organized a car in no time and we got picked up at about 22:30.

We had some quick water and then jumped on the back of the pick-up before going straight to a Seven 11, to fill our stomaches with all kind of food.
At 23hrs00 we were finally back home, a quick shower and then every one fell into a very deep sleep.









Day 2: The RESCUE

As I don’t have a car anymore we had to borrow the pick-up truck from some friends. We started off 10 am and arrived at the Jungle site, shortly after. Now it would be a lot of cutting, sawing and clearing the path to the bikes out. The Honda was only 2kms away, but the Kawasaki was much deeper in the jungle and it would be a long walk.

After half an hour we got the Honda, there we left the grass trimmer behind as it was of little use. The Machetes did a much better job. My wife was collecting bamboo on the way to keep here spirit up. The fresh bamboo out of the jungle is the best. The bag got heavier and heavier and we had to leave behind us and would be collecting it later on, on our return. The bush got tighter and tighter and the saw and the machete were constantly at work. We took another break in a shady Bamboo grove for a couple of minutes before continuing the uphill section. And more bamboo shoot, this time even bigger. There was not stopping my wife now. She was totally into this and I didn’t want to stop her either because I know how good here bamboo curries are. While digging out a fresh shoot, she got attacked by some nasty Jungle Wasps. Extremely painful and the swelling started immediately.

She must have sat there for about 10 minutes, the pain was so strong she could barely move. After that the pain disappeared and the swelling got better again.

Never seen anything like this. Really Crazy. Now we had the little Kawa going up and down the path over roots and rocks and old tree stumps. Su pulled the rope like a dehydrated camel on chilies. Once we left the forest section we got into the high grass and reed section. My wife pushed, Oskar pushed and Su pulled like a tractor. What an unbelievable pace over this uneven terrain. A few hundred more meters and we would enter another bamboo grove. We had to clear some more to get the bikes through. Shortly after that we arrived at the Honda. I geared up and tried to start it again. To my very surprise it ran, but would go out whenever I would turn the steering to the left, so I tried to avoid going left, which was almost impossible, but at least the bike was up and running and tried everything not to kill the engine. 15 minutes later I arrived at the car and shortly the rest of the gang arrived in good spirits but totally knackered. Uploaded the Kawa and rode the Honda back home.

I am totally grateful to have a family like that, everyone was such a force today. Time for a well deserved shower and hopefully a great Gaeng Nomai (Bamboo Curry)



This is my son's video from our mission

Oh man that is insane Rudi. Nuts!
I bet you're both happy to be out there in one piece & alive.
An epic adventure if it ever was, some great survival bonding with Oskar, & one never to be forgotten.
Why do "we" do stuff like that? Because we can, it is Thailand. And what a wonderful recovery team you had, everyone just joined in and "went along for the ride." Imagine those cost of that recovery in the West.
Aint it great to be alive & living here, doing what we do.
What's the next adventure?
 

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Yes indeed I am grateful every day for living here and enjoying the nature, the food and the lovely people that surround my life. Also my son has proofed himself to be a real fighter and not giving up easily in a situation like this I think very important to stand your man no matter what. Me I was reminded that, I am now 53 and no more as fit as I used to be and I felt every meter on the way back. But it is all in good spirits because exercise is never a bad thing.
I will not ride Enduro for at least 5 days:p