@ 14 September 2015- Myanmar

The trucks used to carry us up the mountain. Scary ride!
The trucks used to carry us up & down the mountain. Scary ride!

The original plan for today was to awake at 05:00am and watch the sun rise over the mystical place. the only problem was that it was a bit too mystical (in the cloud sense) and visibility was still very poor. Needles to say we took the opportunity to sleep-in instead.

Oh well, it was a magical place to visit either way. The morning was then all about the impending ride in the back of truck back down the mountain!

The first run for the trucks was at 09:30am so we made sure we were there on time as we were advised you can get held back with people queuing waiting for trucks. We managed to get on board for on of the first runs down and it was exciting to say the least, Very steep roads with sharp hairpins, blind corners and one extremely committed driver/pilot!

By the time we made it back to the base camp we all knew we were alive and there was a distinctive smell of over heated brakes wafting up from the poor truck.

Steve Climbing on board for the mad ride up the mountain
Steve Climbing on board for the mad ride down the mountain

Soon we were back to our bikes and climbing back into our riding gear for the 225km stint to Kawkareik which is the last destination before we hit the Thailand border tomorrow.

We finished the evening off with a wonderful dinner with our new friends (Ye & Bargyi) who had made excellent guides showing us their magical country.

Bargyi, Ye, Steve and I relaxing over dinner.
Bargyi, Ye, Steve and I relaxing over dinner.

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