This morning we went for a short bike ride to visit the various pagodas and temples. They are massive structures all built with red brick and some with steeples covered with gold leaves, many dating from the 11th century.
Went to the market this afternoon to buy a few final souvenirs and then, the group went at 5:30 to the top of a temple to see the sunset. We were not the only ones. Droves of people go there to watch the sun rise and set. It was a lovely thing to see the red sun go under.
We had a final dinner tonight with the 6 man crew. Our flight to Yangon leaves at 7:45 in the morning so I'll have to get up very early. We will fly over what we have biked, from Bagan to Mandalay. Then, Heho to Yangon. I am in the home stretch!
All land here belongs to the government. People can lease a plot of land for 30 years and even build a house. But, if the government needs the land for something, with only a week's notice, you must pack up and vacate with little compensation. Reflecting, I am thankful to have the freedoms I have!
By: HennieThere is power in the battery!
Are you like me and too stubborn (or proud) to resort to an electric bike?
There is nothing wrong with trying to stay on a regular hybrid touring bike or road bike as long as you can and as long as you are having fun! But when it becomes just a bit too difficult, or you really want to experience the beauty of a tour that is rated beyond your ability, it is time to think about your options. Read More
Despite being on a waitlist for a top deck cabin, we asked and received one upon boarding the boat. My friend Derek flew in from Vegas to join me on this trip. 910 was our room number and it had a nice sliding door/window to the outside. Read More
By: MaryAbout a year ago, we had a request come in for a bike and boat tour in Poland. Somebody had talked with somebody who had heard that there was such a tour. We searched... and we found it. Not a tour on the Baltic Sea as you would expect, but an obscure tour, undiscovered by most, in the Masurian Lake District. Over 15% of the area is covered by water and another 30% by forest. There are 2000 lakes, many interconnected, so a perfect place for a bike and boat tour and our first on lakes. Read More