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    4000 Clicks, Thailand, By Motorcycle, Tour 2013 Photographs

    November 2013

    Rough route below

    10 days or so.

    Awesome ride.

    Picture locations in gallery (as best as I could remember )

    B+W Analog Nikon FM2, Sepia and Colour 10 year old 2 mega pixel Sony Cybershot

















































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    All that way on Thailands Roads and still alive to tell the tale , truly amazing , BTW the snaps are top drawer

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    Quote Originally Posted by piwanoi
    All that way on Thailands Roads and still alive to tell the tale
    45,000 KM in 2 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by piwanoi
    BTW the snaps are top drawer
    Thank you kindly

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    Real good stuff Albert. Respect. So much to see and do in this place EH.

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    well done

    would love to have the time to do something like this myself someday

    i've been promising to myself that i'd a full 77 province ride for a very long time now

    circumstances have changed...not really much opportunity

    looks like great fun though

    any hairy moments?

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    Great pics. Commentary seems to have been accidentally deleted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Great pics. Commentary seems to have been accidentally deleted...


    Awesome, great pics.

    What's the story with the elephant sitting on the beach statue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Real good stuff Albert. Respect. So much to see and do in this place EH.
    Cheers Tel. Yes - lLoads to see. With Burma opening up, there's even more. NW Thailand is a magical place.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    well done would love to have the time to do something like this myself someday i've been promising to myself that i'd a full 77 province ride for a very long time now circumstances have changed...not really much opportunity looks like great fun though any hairy moments?
    Cheers

    I have a misses and kids and no money (like you seem to have)

    However, even this 10 day trip was very special. That's all it takes.

    Hairy moments?

    I'm close to 40 and been riding bikes since 16. I really believe that if you learn to ride well, you adapt to any terrain, and use caution whrn it's called for - and smash the arse out of it when the sky is blue and the road is dry and smoothe
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Great pics. Commentary seems to have been accidentally deleted...
    Took me so long to post the pictures properly I'd run out of breath

    TBH - the commentary was the scenery, and I'm sure every fucker would transmute that differently.


    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    What's the story with the elephant sitting on the beach statue?
    You'd have to ask the owner

    Bamboo Bungalows, Ko Phayam, Ranong, Thailand - Home

    Very mellow island. No National grid,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier
    Very mellow island. No National grid,
    I have to add to that something that made me chuckle.

    I was there at the end the of the rainy season.

    Cheap, empty, and after a few beers and spliffs, the intense storms, thunder, lightening and winds sweeping straight off the Andaman coast and smash up your 200bt off season hut are most excellent and highly reccommended

    I had the 6km beach to myself bar about 3 people.

    Filling up for fuel and feeling sorry for the gas station business I asked

    "Hope things get busier - all the best"

    dude replied

    "Why the fvck would we want it busier?"

    Good vibe down there - as you would expect Thailand to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier
    B+W Analog Nikon FM2
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Respect.
    To the max!

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    Very nice pics, what were you riding?

    I can't wait for my next tour, money's a bit tight after Xmas and the New year so it prob won't be until Febuary

    Thanks for sharing

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    Nice thread Albert, sack those stoopid black and white pics

    Where were the worst roads on your journey?
    Driving to Samui last month, as soon as you get near Chumphon and all the way down to Surat thani, the roads were terrible. Fukked if I'd wanna ride that stretch on a bike. I tried to wheelie the Fortuner over a few potholes and dead dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic
    Very nice pics, what were you riding?
    Cheers Satonic. Only my scooter

    Because..


    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic
    money's a bit tight




    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic
    can't wait for my next tour
    Yup. Next time hopefully I'll have the cash to rent a crf or an er6n.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    Nice thread Albert, sack those stoopid black and white pics
    Heathen

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    Where were the worse roads on your journey? Driving to Samui last month, as soon as you get near Chumphon and all the way down to Surat thani, the roads were terrible. Fukked if I'd wanna ride that stretch on a bike. I tried to wheelie the Fortuner over a few potholes
    Roads in south - lot of work being done - lot of boring stretches.
    But obviously this is balanced by the blinding beaches and islands.

    Up North - A lot of excellent roads - both quality of road and route (curves/mountain ups and downs etc)

    The road below was for me the best ride on the trip. There is a 4km stretch just before you come into Mae Sariang (going north) That stretch deters 99% of traffic along the whole route because it's virtually impassable due to the state of the road - completely covered 99% in huge potholes. The only people that passed me from Mae Sot to Mae Sariang did so on this stretch. One pickup and one bike following. Both were going at high speed and using that method (can't remember what it's called) but if you pass a certain speed you "pass over" the potholes. Pretty awesome riding skills from the bike rider (they were 3 up). You get a clear run along one of the best roads for riding I've found yet here that goes through some seriously awesome territory running through the jungle mountains between NW Thailand and Burma.

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    Great pictures............a world without humans ! Nice.

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    Top work Alberto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    a world without humans ! Nice.
    Excellent every now and then - indeed
    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Top work Alberto!
    Cheers Slapsta

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    Hell of a trip mate. Lovely photos too.

    If you could choose one place to set up home, where would it be?

    I can never decide between the mountains of the North, or the (non-tourist) beaches of the South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcom
    If you could choose one place to set up home, where would it be? I can never decide between the mountains of the North, or the (non-tourist) beaches of the South
    A relevant question

    I think life is short, and there is no one perfect spot, but a series of spots that work with where you are in your life.

    Personally, I've been slap in the middle of Bangkok for 10 years, London 30 years previous to that. I'm looking to move out into the sticks - maybe not for good, but at least a few years.

    While the beaches in the south are great, for me the north is even better. The combination of mountains, people and climate are second to none. Somewhere along the stretch of the Mae Hong Son Loop that runs from Mae Sariang to Pai might just be the ticket

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    coming back from a long ride without getting smashed up is a big high.
    billy has done the rides up north on a push-bike through laos and yunnan prov.
    big climbs and big highs.
    your wonderful pics bring back the memories, cheers.

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    ^^ Good choice. I was thinking of some place close to Doi Inthanon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic
    Very nice pics, what were you riding?
    Cheers Satonic. Only my scooter
    Wow, please say that it is at least a PCX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    coming back from a long ride without getting smashed up is a big high. billy has done the rides up north on a push-bike through laos and yunnan prov. big climbs and big highs. your wonderful pics bring back the memories, cheers.
    Cheers Billy -
    Quote Originally Posted by Malcom
    Wow, please say that it is at least a PCX.
    Nuovo 135.
    2.5 years old.
    Engine, gear oil and air filter changed every 1000 km.
    45k on the clock
    still runs like new.

    Obviously no high top speed, but the roads are mostly curvy and you spend more time speeding up and slowing down quickly then going high speed in a straight line. As much as I did it on a scooter as a last resort, I really appreciated doing the trip on it in hindsight, learnt a lot and saw many benefits.

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    Respect.

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    Awesome route and fotos!

    Hope to do a bike run next time I'll be in LOS.

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