Are they sheep or goats?………. or shoats

Nyaung U – Myingyan = 70km

Have had a great rest in Nyaung U and loved our stay at the Bagan Star Hotel where the staff were exceptional. There was even a bit of a song and dance on the street yesterday with this parade outside the hotel.

The hotel staff ever so kindly gave us a bottle of wine last night which we think was to thank us for the glowing trip advisor review we did. The excitement of having a lovely wine was short lived as it was corked. So they then give us a bottle of bubbles that also had to go down the sink, but we couldn’t tell them that. Think wine and the Myanmar heat may have something to do with it, so it was back down to our favourite beer station.

With our favourite barman Sanuu. He works 14 hour days, every day of the week, and lives out the back. The nicest guy with pretty good English and would be an orthodontists dream!

We were stoked this morning it had rained over night and temps were a little cooler at 32deg with perfect cloud cover.

Undulating hills on a pretty good road sharing with the little trucks, big trucks, mini vans and scooters we smashed out the k’s today with fresh legs.

Plenty to look at and we passed through some of the poorest villages we have seen yet. Maybe they just looked worse due to the rain and mud.

This was the road we were on all day today so not bad condition. Still can’t decide if these were goats or sheep. They had face and ears like goats and tails and fleece like sheep. We decided they were Shoats.

Arrived in Myingyan at midday and found a roadside stall for a cuppa and snacks.

Samosas With unidentified filling and donut thingies with coconut inside. They are scrummy and 10c each a bargain.

Here they are being made by hand.

Found some digs which once again have the friendliest staff and so many of them. Not the best cleaning standards but perfect for one night. Even includes brekkie tomorrow which will be good before our big 95km day to Sagaing.

Some of the amazing wildlife we have seen on our travels but normally running across the road as we bike past. Today this fella was just down the street.

4 thoughts on “Are they sheep or goats?………. or shoats”

  1. Great adventure continues. Almost see you living over there and have a bike around NZ. Hospitality quite amazing. Wet Queens birthday weekend though forecast a bit better when we see Ryan next Friday. Sami In Akaroa this weekend with a friend from her Marist hockey team and she also played with Sami in Canty development team. Her name is Cara, parents are Caroline and Chris. Any bells ringing. Dad Chris Morrison whom you played rugby with at STC. Think KEl somehow knew that. So it was his twin brother? Who was killed in Marist trip to Hanmer. WHat age? Think hid dad was a jeweller? Few questions there to answer. WHat was his brothers name. ENjoy life. Love MUM DAD

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  2. You are both so adventurous when you say samosas with unidentified filling, that would worry me! But not knowing means they should be good for sure!
    As I grew up on a farm I am very interested in agriculture and love the rice fields at this time of year, so green and lush. I was also wanting to know about these goats, when I googled there are dozens of photos and videos which include them! Did eventually find this info below, but you are correct they could be either as they mention the sheep having long ears too!
    Sheep and Goats are raised commonly in the central part of Myanmar under the dry zone.
    The population of Sheep and Goats in Myanmar amounted to million The population density of
    sheep and goat in dry zone is similar to that of cattle. They are able to adapt themselves in the
    harsh conditions where there is a vast land of grazing and browsing. The knowledge about
    indigenous breeds is limited. There are 2 types of goats in Myanmar, one is characterized by
    black and white color with drooping ears commonly found in Nyaung Oo, Kyaukpadaung,
    Meiktila, Ma Hlaing townships and the another is red breed prevalent in Myingyan, Nahtoe Gyi
    and Taungthar areas of Upper Myanmar.
    Native sheep are reared primarily for wool and secondarily for meat. The native sheep are
    well adapted to local conditions. They are small framed with long ears and tails. White color in
    fleece prevails but black ,gray, and brown spotted or headed sheep are common
    Hope no wet bums today as you had a long ride!


  3. Hi guys so good to hear from you, it is so good to receive your blogs, cannot always answer them straight away, but Reg tells me they are there. Shoats was a good name for your little fiends you seen on the road, funny looking animals weren’t they, take care love Di & Reg xxx


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