Best day of my life

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lopburi, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    We slept in then had a late breakfast at the guest house. The manager came to me and asked what I had asked the young man yesterday. I asked about the road across the river. He explained it does go thru to the border crossing. About 80% or maybe 70%, no problem on big bike. Take the car ferry across the river. Oh and there is a flower garden. Hmm, bike on boat, maybe 70% road and a flower garden for Patty. Bingo!

    We spent the rest of the day lazily wandering around Luang Prabang on foot. You can get good food in Luang Prabang so we ate a lot and just chilled out.

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    Patty tried to work a loom
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    Snack time
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    And more food and wine back at the room
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  2. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Dwayne, dammit, you are rapidly convincing me to go to Thailand, find a good Thai woman like Patty, and go riding. But don't stop just yet....
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  3. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    It's the end of a long hard day in the office reading this report update, and I am very hungry. All that did was make my mouth water. Mmmmmmm, that food :dukegirl
  4. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    Patty says to tell you she’s not that good. Just enjoy life today
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    emptypockets51 Adventurer

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    What will be grown on the large hill? Root veggies?
  6. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    The raised dirt in that photo is where I plan to make a small work shop in the future. Right now we are working on other things while the land settles after we moved such a large amount of dirt
  7. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    We woke up early and had some breakfast. The sun came out. Excellent, todays going to be a great day.

    Tiger ready to head home to Thailand
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    And Patty finally saw some sunshine
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    Waiting for the car ferry. I don’t know why but I always feel excited putting the bike on a boat
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    There’s always room for one more
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  8. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    Bye bye Luang Prabang
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    Hello forbidden side of the river
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    We cruised along. Very little traffic. Road was ok. Lots of loose gravel where the sealing process didn’t work so a bit slippery in the corners. We passed a zip line jungle park thing. It looked kind of run down so we carried on. The road started getting worse and there’s rain clouds up a head. Hmm. I think we are about 1/3 of the way to Hongsa when we reach this
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    It’s slippery. And we’re head back into the fog. And the big trucks are sliding in the mud. I ask Patty to hop off for this steep stretch
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  9. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    I get to a workers camp and took a break to assess the situation and let the Tiger cool off
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    It’s not looking good. Patty asks one of the locals in a 4x4 if we could make it thru. He says it improves in a couple of kilometres so I decide to carry on. There’s a big truck stuck in the mud and I watch a 4x4 go around on a different track. Another 4x4 pulls up and says I can go so I wait for him to dissapear over the hill then go for it. I make it almost to the top and level ground but the 4x4 was stopped in my intended path waiting for a large truck to clear the next hill. I had no choice and stopped on a slight up hill/ side hill slope. I hit the kill switch and waited for the trucks in front to clear. I can’t put the side stand down as the bike will sink and roll over in the mud. Patty caught up to me just as the last truck left. I told her I’ll get to the top of the next hill and if it doesn’t look better we will have to decide if we want to turn back. And then it happened...

    Nothing. No. Really. Nothing happened. I start the bike, give it some gas and feather the clutch to not spin the tire in the mud and absoulutly nothing happened. Bugger. My first thought is the front sprocket nut has come loose and the sprocket has come off but there’s no grinding noise or anything. Patty says there’s too much mud on the wheel. Looks ok to me. I get Patty to hold the bike steady so I can get off it and together we manage to get it up the last part of the hill and I coast to a level spot where I hope I can get the bike on the center stand

    Dead Tiger in the mist
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    I pull off the sprocket cover and the sprocket is still on and the nut is tight. I open the oil filler cap and crank the bike to get the clutch carrier to line up so I can see the clutch plates. It’s smoking hot, black as, smells of burnt clutch and vaporized oil mist is coming out. That would explain the lack of movement.

    I think about our situation. With a can of Beer Lao. The bike needs time to cool off any way
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    In this photo Patty has gone into full on survivor Laos mode. She’s calculating how much food we have and coming up with a plan to turn the piece of cardboard I found into a shelter
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  10. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    Cliff hanger.. :lurk
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  11. sages

    sages Been here awhile

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    Well, the plan was successful or there's wifi available at the roadworks to update the blog :photog
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  12. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    While I wait for the clutch to cool off I hike up the hill. There’s solid ground about 400 meters away so I head back to the bike.

    Patty says “oh, oh, squirrel!” And points at a tree. Where? Where is it? I don’t see it. HEY, put the cardboard back! Bad Patty!

    At this point I can put my hand on the clutch cover without burning myself so I start the bike on the center stand and try the clutch. It works with no load on it but the clutch cable is very tight so I back it off a bunch. I tell Patty I’m going to try the hill. If it doesn’t work I’ll turn around and come back to pull the clutch out.

    Made it up the hill to solid ground
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    The clutch is slipping a bit but I decide to carry on slowly.

    The road levels out for a bit
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    And eventually we find more of this
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    We carried on for another hour and a half and the road eventually gets better. I can see Hongsa power station in the distance so pull over and open the restaurant for Patty

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  13. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    With the machine fed we carry on to the boarder. Customs takes about 35 minutes because I chat with the Thai customs guys for 5 minutes about which border crossings are currently open.

    And of course on the Thai side we hit more construction so I stop for a coffee
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    The clutch is slipping a bit still but it’s mostly down hill into Nan so I call and book a hotel room. The construction ends a couple of kilometres later and I try and open the bike up a bit to make up time but the clutch is slipping so I back off. We roll up to the hotel in Nan in the dark. It’s taken 11 hours to cover 250 kilometres. Beer time!
  14. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    In the morning I need to decide what to do. We’re still 190 km from home. I go and look at the Tiger. The clutch cable is a bit tight again so I back it off. Over breakfast I tell Patty we have three options. 1 put the bike on a truck to get home. 2 take easy road 1091 home. 3 take fun road 1148 home. Patty says she wants to see the art gallery. It’s a cool art gallery and it’s on the way to road 1148. She’s a good girl.

    I didn’t take any photos on 1148. It’s too much fun to stop. The clutch was slipping in the steep parts but held up

    Tiger back at his home
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    This has been one of the best trips into Laos for me. Patty looks at the bike and asks when can we go back?

    First I need to clean the bike and see how much damage I have done. That can wait until tomorrow. There’s cold beer and a bottle of wine waiting for us
  15. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    Tiger Spa in the jungle
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    In addition to the 22kgs of mud I illegally imported into Thailand, Tiger is also carrying 6.2kgs of road tar. The clean up is gona need some chemical assistance. Luckily Patty arrived with the truck and she’s probably hungry so I throw a gas can in the box and take her for lunch.

    Cleaned up and ready for inspection
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    Could have made a few more days
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  16. RICK IN BALI

    RICK IN BALI Adventurer

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    I enjoyed this RR immensly. I should get of my lazy ass and go for a ride to Java but with Xmas just a few days away and the monsoon wet coming I may just have to sweat it out for a couple of months. I will see what January brings.
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  17. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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  18. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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  19. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

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    Following the most important rule of travel. "When in doubt crack a beer"
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  20. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    Khun Asawin from Britbike in Bangkok sent me a full clutch pack. Two day delivery to my jungle hut. Can’t say enough good words about Asawin’s support since I bought my Tiger. If you have a Triumph in Thailand he’s the guy to deal with.

    Clutch installed yesterday. Now I just need to do a test ride
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