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!
Adventure – with Support – at Every Turn
My brother and I did our first “unguided” bike tour in July – a weeklong ride from Paris to London (with a ferry ride across the English Channel) – and were delighted both by our sense of independence and the support the tour company gave us. Kevin and I had done a number of guided bike tours, and loved every one of them, but we yearned for the adventure of finding our own way each day. Read More
For my third bike and barge vacation, I was looking for a destination that was not too warm in the summer, not too hilly, not too expensive and full of interesting people and sites. The tour Amsterdam to Bruges fit the bill perfectly and I am now well on my way to joining the very intelligent and fun group of serial bike and bargers. Read More
Hennie is Dutch through and through, from her love for cycling to her strong work ethic. Born in Holland, she lived there 34 years before coming to Pennsylvania. Along with daughter Gea, Hennie founded Tripsite in a spare bedroom of her home. More