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@ 8 September 2015- Myanmar

A temporary bridge after the original was washed away in the floods.
A temporary bridge after the original was washed away in the floods.

Today was our first full day in Myanmar, with both Steve and I intrigued as to how our tour of this little known tourist destination would be. Our journey was to take us from Kale to Monywa, a distance of 335km’s.

We headed out for the ride with our tour guides in a vehicle in front that we were to follow. The surrounding area was clearly heavily impacted by the recent floods with muddy roads, many damaged and destroyed homes along the way. We also came across several “camps” set up to house many hundreds, if not thousands of family’s who were displaced due to flooding. Typically they were simply tent cities with very limited services.

Many sections of roads were like this through the North West of the country where the floods had been.
Many sections of roads were like this through the North West of the country where the floods had been.

We were soon allowed to ride ahead for the tour guides and asked to stop in one hours time at the local village. The ride was pleasant with the surrounding mountains gaving a great back drop. We soon made it to where we were to stop and with no moment on us (none of the atm’s we tried had worked so far) we settled in at a road side cafe and waited after ordering a bite to eat and drink expecting our guides to be along very soon.

No word and after about an hour, Ye (tour guide) turned up on the back of a small motorbike to inform us that the car had broken down and that we would have to wait another hour. No problem as this gave time to chat with the locals and wonder the village at a relaxed pace.

After  another hour and more phone calls we made the decision to get Ye on the back of David’s bike and to carry on the journey, the others could catch up in due course. Ye settled the bill, put his chin strap on his sun hat and we were off.

The ride was a long one that day due to the delay and carying an additional passenger slowed progress on the rough and twisty hilly roads. Ye did a great job of not complaining and hanging on in some clearly difficult road conditions. It even started to rain at one point and with no wet gear it was a case of tucking up behind David to avoid the rain.

We made it tour destination after dark and all three of us pleased everything ended up ok for us. The other guys would later turn up at mid night after getting buses as the car required parts that were not available that day.

Over a beer at dinner Ye then informed us that he does not drive or ride and has only been on the back of a couple of small (100cc ish) scooters in the past. Today he was passenger on a 1,200cc bike hauling along at over 100km/h on what could only best be described as “average roads” without a word of complaint. He did admit to having the daylight a scared out of him however, which made us all laugh. A day for him to remember! Ha

@ 7 September 2015- India To Myanmar

Land Slide
A typical land slide along the route today.

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.

Land Slides
Mud section of road along the route. This is where Steve went down.
Pannier
The poor old pannier that required a bit of work after the fall.

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