When me and my girlfriend Mia arrived at Sangkhlaburi, first place we went was the Baan Unrak Children's Home bakery/coffeeshop/restaurant, I already been there during my last visit to Sangkhla. Perfect place!
Sunset in Sangkhlaburi
Next morning, we're riding to meet up with the Thai riders.
And soon we're off on a really dusty dirt road
The real adventure starts from here
Quite soon we approach a very rocky section, I'd say it was the trickiest part of this whole trip. At least it's the only section where I've fallen down twice (and actually bent my handlebar a bit, as I discovered 2 days later).
This downhill section also made many riders fall down a bit
Tony's bike didn't idle well after deeper water crossings, did you figure it out Tony? Electrics or maybe something with the carb vent hoses?
At least two bikes (if I remember correctly) were dropped in the water during this crossing, had to change the oil in the only CRF that was on the trip
Trent and Mio became devils (Oni) after a night without any comfortable sleep
Socks and a huge steak for breakfast
Very apocalyptic looking landscape, and a lot of very slippery dried grass on the trail. The CRF rider fell down and bent his handguard enough that it started to interfere with the throttle tube returning.
Rising from the dead
A short rocky downhill/uphill section. Brian bent his shift lever here.
Had to dig the bank a little bit to make the crossing easier. When the last bikes were going up the bank, there was a pretty deep rut already.
This crossing was pretty long and very beautiful. The people who already crossed could enjoy a great swim in the refreshing river, some of them in full gear including boots
Quite a few bikes were actually dropped in this area, but nothing serious
In that suit he's well protected from the jellyfish. Oh wait it's not the sea!
The end of the trip
Mia has survived all the bumps and rocks! She had to walk a little bit on the tougher parts, but not too much actually (she would prefer to walk more).
P.S. After me and Mia got to Umphang, we spent the next day visiting the Thi Lo Su waterfalls (only allowed to go there by car), next day I went on a solo trail ride, but the day after that we went off-roading together again, on a pretty rough and disused (full of fallen bamboo) hiking trail leading up to some nice hot springs. So maybe someday she'll do this ride again. Or on her own bike?