19-Jun-2004 -- This confluence again was the perfect reason to take the car, put the Bike in the trunk and escape Bangkok´s traffic jams, noise and pollution.
Had been a bit hard to get up 07.30am after watching the EURO2004 (kick-off 01.45am local time...), and further more took me about one hour to get out of BKK´s confusing innercity highway system, but after passing the airport on elevated Highway 31 things went alright. Passed Saraburi on empty Highway 1 and changed to National Road 21 at Chaloem-Phrakiat. After 35km parked the car at a petrol station, assembled the bike, had some Som-Tam salad and off we go!!!
Direction acc. to GPS was 5.6km straight East, so I made my way on nice gravel roads, passing few houses with kids cheering and parents wondering seeing a "falang" ("long nose") wearing bike gear, helmet and riding a suspension bike in the heat of the day.
After 2km there were no more settlements, road got worse and finally changed to a muddy path, destroying all previous efforts to have a clean bike.
Came close to the confluence by 500m but decided to try to reach it from opposite direction. Could bike as close as 150m, then continued walking through abandoned and muddy rice-fields.
GPS coverage was perfect and it was no big deal to nail the point down in the middle of a small ex-rice-field. Marked it with flowers I bought for a few pennies at some traffic lights in the morning and took the pics.
To complete the day I cycled to the nearby mountains, did some great single trails and downhills, got sunburned and headed home to Bangkok early evening.
Task for next time will be 14N/ 99E which is listed in Burma, but checking my waypoints on the GPS I noticed I have been really close to that point on one of my tours. I´ll try to reach it via the "green border" maybe in 2-3 weeks.