Today’s ride is a distance of approx 120km from Imphal to Moesot, Myanmar. Where we shall meet up with our official tour guide and start our tour.
We left Imphal at 08:10am and made our way east through winding roads and climbing several hundred metres as we progressed. There were many landslides that had occurred in recent weeks and at a couple of points were had to wait briefly while the earth movers did their thing.
Unfortunately Steve dropped his bike on a muddy incline, causing some damage to his left pannier and also bruising his chest from an impact with the widescreen and also his left heal as he got tangled up under the big BMW. We got the bike upright again and Steve set about repairing the pannier box while I re aligned mirrors and levers on the bike. We were soon back underway, albeit at a slightly more cautious rate due to Steve feeling rather sore.
Along the route we came across many foot patrol army soldiers and also armed convoys of soldiers with turret mounted machine guns. the funny thing is we were pretty relaxed with this as in the past couple of months the site of military with heavy armour and guns had sort of become a normal site. Something to make us realise how lucky we are in Australia.
along our journey today we also had to stop at about 5 military posts to present our passports which were logged before we could progress.
We we had been warned about Moreh and the reports were pretty accurate. Moreh is a dirty, fairly disorganised town with a very large military presence. As we approached the boarder crossing yet another military check point. Steve was asking for immigration, however the responses were in very basic English and confusing to say the least. Fortunately our guides (Bargyi & Ye) appeared and introduced themselves, also sorting the army official out as well.
Thankfully our guides our new friends Bargyi & Ye were there to assist as the process of clearing the Indian and entering the