The Fat Chance No Chance Tour - Part 2

Dougal

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The first post or Part 1 was mistakenly posted in the NorthEast section.

In the last post we had just completed the Doi Pukha Loop in Nan.

Today's destination was Chiang Khong heading out West on R1091 and cutting across to R1020 up to CK.

Outside the Hot Bread on a cold misty morning:

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Had a lovely ride up through the hills and went straight through CK a few km North of the town. This is Dave's wife's office on the Mekong believe it or not:

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And a nice friendly dog:

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View from Mai's office:

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Pic of the Mekong:

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A little blurry shot of sundown in Chiang Khong:

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A quiet. cool sunrise in CK:

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Breakfast at the Bamboo Bar:

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An old traditional? building in CK:

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The new bridge is being built South of town and there is clear evidence that the Chinese have arrived; comical because they were just standing around in the middle of the road taking pictures of each other and the locals had to stop and wait.

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We set off South back to Nan, this time taking R1155 and R1148 (King of the North); Here is the beautiful viewpoint not far down the start of R1155:

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And the view:

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R1155 and R1148 were just awesome and as usual we enjoyed it too much to stop for photos.
The next morning we were heading down to Loei via the reservoir ferry.
Getting ready to leave on our last morning in Nan:

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The old HD had been having problems with the exhaust connection to the rear cylinder for a few days. Two bike shops had tried to secure it to no avail; nuts were lost, gasket was lost and it kept popping out of the cylinder.
Problem: exhaust kept slipping backwards and popping out of the cylinder.
Solution:

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Total cost = 5 Baht plus 10 minutes with a pair of pliers. And it worked too !!

Riding over the hills to Queen Sirikit Dam and here is the first glimpse of the reservoir:

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This is at the main ferry landing area in the Fisherman's Village. The ferry in the picture is run by 3 guys and we were told by these guys on both sides of the reservoir that we had to wait for the other ferry run by 2 women. Not sure how they have split up the work but that's how it is; point being they seem to be operating 2 ferries.

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from the reservoir we headed into Nam Phat and cut across the hills to R1268 down to Na Haeo and Dan Sai.
Lunch stop by a roadside waterfall:

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A second waterfall on R1268 which had a sign in Thai stating that this was an original stop and rest spot for the Thai princess:

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In Loei we stayed as always in the King Hotel. Recommended.
from Loei we headed South via Petchabun and Chai Badaan to Pak Chong.
Getting ready on our last morning from Pak Chong:

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At a rest stop, a quick adjustment to the HD exhaust fix:

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And another friendly dog:

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I'll leave you with a couple of pics of a converted bicycle we saw on R21 South of Petchabun; we were just stunned. Anyone got anything similar?

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Had a great ride with great company and stunning roads and vistas.

Season greetings to one and all.
 

David Learmonth

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Another set of good photos & report thank you.
I've been wondering for a while what that new bamboo/thatch building was just outside CK - you have now let me know it's an office! Never been nosey enough to stop & find out.
 

TonyBKK

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Dec 27, 2007
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Woohoo! Looks like a great tour! Wish I could have joined you, but I'm freezing my tail off here in the Great White North! ;)
When's the next one? And where's a link to Part 1?
Happy Trails!
Tony :)
 

Dougal

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Dec 18, 2007
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Tony, Part 1 is in the Road Trips in the Northeast Section.

Colin, that is a shame that we missed you. Been following your travels with great enjoyment.

David, the office is also a coffee shop with good coffee. Stop and have a cup whilst watching the lovely 'Khong slip by.
 

Franz

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Nice ride and much pleasure to see you and Wee again after such along time. Additionally was a pleasure to see Ohm and 'daughter' again in good spirits. Sorry that Nik & me couldn't join you on that loop. Hope u r coming up soon again for some rides, munchies, beer and the unavoidable gossip 5555555, cheers, Franz
 

Dougal

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Great to see you again too Buddy.

I will pass on your comment re my SON and wish you well for the next time you meet SWMBO.

All the best for New Year.