January 15, 2013

thung chang (i can't feel my arms) 10-dec-2010

first ride i've recorded this far north. this was pretty much a pure climbing ride, just 6km out of nan city & you're already climbing mountains.

originally wanted to ride nan-chiang muan (route 1091) but was told that road had some construction on it. so i took the "easy" way out & headed north to thung chang (plain of elephants i guess) on route 1080 instead. turned out it wasn't so easy. the route ran alongside the nan river valley & is heavily dissected by streams running off the mountain into the river. this meant the route ran through a set of short (100-300m) but sharp (alpine grade) climbs--hundreds of them. net result was the battering kind of snuck up on me.

the road from pua to thung chang was pretty rough & the speeds coming down the mountain meant my arms took quite a violent shaking, so much so i couldn't feel my arms by the time i got to thung chang. even worse on the way back down to pua.

all in all, though, an excellent ride. it was through decently forested mountains, mostly good surfaced road (with the exception of the pua-thung chang leg) and little traffic. do it again in a heart-beat.


John said...

Looks like an interesting route. I was wondering if there was any way to ride across from Phayao in this direction

Paul Hastings said...

google says two routes:


northern route (140-150km) is shorter but has more mountain climbing (and i guess better say just in case you don't already know, that these things are alpine grades in spots).

road construction is almost random so if possible drive the route 1st or check w/somebody who has that you trust. many of my well laid/researched plans have gone up in smoke because of road construction or moonscaped roads.

btw google earth has these routes considerably longer, the northern one at 160km & the southern one at 220km.