Kalaw – Thazi = 93km
Departing the beautiful town of Kalaw at 7am we almost immediately started our descent out of the Mountains with approx 20km of downhill and stunning scenery. So why you might ask are we looping back to Thazi where we caught the slow train to Kalaw 10 days ago. Well these mountains today are that very reason. It would have almost been impossible to have ridden the other direction and with distances too far between accommodation and hills too tough we definitely made the right call. We are now back making our way towards Bagan.
This highway road was steep, with heaps of sharp corners, plenty more roadworks by hand taking place and plenty of trucks and mini buses, so Betty and Nancy rolled down cautiously.
We waved and waved and were constantly calling out Malingaba (hello) to these super friendly people that would greet us as we passed on through.
Yep you have seen right!!!! Then we see 2 elephants. What the hell!!!! Certainly wasn’t for a tourist attraction as no tourists in this neck of the woods.
Drink stop was needed at the 50km as we were well and truly out of the Mountains and noticed a huge increase in temperature with it knocking on the door to 40deg. These hard case guys even started using a hand made fan on us and saying ‘aircon’.
Another village with heaps to see. Then the last 20km was hard work with the heat sapping our energy on a busy flat road that looked and felt like a desert with dry baron land and cacti growing. (Didn’t stop for pics as the end was in sight). It was on this stretch we yet again were tooted from behind (a warning that they have seen us and preparing to pass) that a truck slowed right down and pulled alongside us. The driver then leant out his truck window and handed Andy a cold bottle of water. The kindness of strangers and these lovely folk or we looked totally buggered and needed it.
Rolled into Thazi staying at the same guesthouse, same room as before. Reckon our well deserved beer o’clock will be at the same place also as we celebrate hitting the 2000km today.