The ride to and up Popa mountain wasn't very eventful except that it was a very tough climb. Only 4 of us took the challenge. I had fun, felt really strong, and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
The Popa mountain resort in which we stayed was spectacular. It was on top of a mountain and the view was incredible. We all wished we could have stayed another night. We left there this morning and biked about 60 miles. We saw how they make peanut oil, rice liquor, and how they tap sap from the coconut palm tree by slicing a leaf high up on the tree and hanging a little basket under it. Everything is done by hand. We saw a man climbing up the tree like a mountain goat!
In a little town near Mount Popa, we were entertained by the little monkeys, running and jumping everywhere, stealing the bananas from the people that sold them!
We're now in Bagan where we will spend two nights before we fly back to Yangon.
I have to go to sleep now. Tomorrow we're going to tour pagodas from the 11th, 12th and 13th century.
Challenge: Bike around Lake Constance and Rhein Falls in twelve daysJerry suggested this cycle tour several years ago. My reaction, “not me.” On previous bike trips I was at the back of the pack. Once I reached the top of a hill, the group was on their way. “Get an ebike,” Elaine suggested. Lake Constance has history, grand scenery and is new territory. Water is my element. Read More
Camera in hand, I am endlessly searching for the best view that I can find. Whether it involves scaling the highest peak or admiring from below, discovering the most breathtaking perspective is my main objective. I have compiled a list of my favorites, each of which hold a special place in my heart. Read More
I was so excited to go to India for two reasons. I had never been and I have dear friends, the Simons, local missionaries and native Indians, that live there.Among their many responsibilities, they manage an orphanage, housing, at the present, 5 girls from the ages of 5 to 17 years.
With the help of some other friends, we showered these girls with gifts. There is nothing more rewarding than giving!
After a travel conference in Cochin, I started a 5 day bike tour in the state of Kerala. Read More