Good stuff Brian! What a fun day out, and more challenging than I expected!
A couple “weekend warriors” meeting up in the little village of Ban Nong Nam Kiao-
Brian introduced me to the mountain that’s to the SE of Khao Kiao where we explored a trail I call the “Elephant Shrine Trail”-
From the right angle that big rock certainly does resemble a pachyderm, doesn’t it?
As you can see from Brian’s pic, the “Elephant Shrine Trail” eventually peters out, but I’m guessing that once upon a time this trail continued up the valley and through the wilderness, but it’s been pretty much reclaimed by the jungle now:
Met up with Oddvar for lunch at the Khao Kiao Country Club- nice easy going fellow and I’m looking forward to getting out for a ride with him when he’s healed up from a recent accident.
After lunch we hit the Rock Garden Trail, aka the “Rocky Horror” trail, which was a lot tougher going as it seems no ones been through there in quite some time…
A strange kind of bamboo that’s covered in sharp thorns- really nasty stuff and we both lost some blood here!
A serious workout!!!
Rock Garden Trail, aka, Rob’s “Rocky Horror” trail
Khao Kiao is only about 100km south of central Bangkok. Usually we see a few other dirt bikers on the weekends but yesterday, perhaps on account of the nearby Bang Saen Bike Week, we had the trails entirely to ourselves. Awesome to have this challenging enduro playground so close to home!