Burma 2013. Day 12. Thursday Nov 7. From Bagan, 35 miles towards Mount Popa.

Thursday 7th November 2013 00:02

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Day 12. Thursday 7th November 2013. Mount Popa, sacred abode of the Nats (spirit gods). We cycled from the Floral Breeze Hotel hotel in a South Easterly direction for 35 miles. Nett ascent 1,700 feet. We stopped to have lunch at a local farm and watch the production of traditional toddy from fermented plan juice. This was our last bicycle journey for this holiday so we handed over our bikes to the support team, Kyaw Myo Hlaing, Pyay Paing Phyo and Myo Min. We thanked them for the ample provision of fresh water, melon (cantaloupe and honeydew), peanut brittle, sesame brittle, bananas, puncture repairs and inspiration. Kyaw Myo Hlaing is an incredibly fit cyclist who regularly cycled from the vanguard to the rear of the mile-long (sometimes longer) group then back to the vanguard, according to walky-talky instructions from San Yu. We bid them farewell, then boarded the bus which took us to Mount Popa, a volcanic plug that rises 1,500 feet metres above the surrounding countryside. We ascended 777 steps to visit a temple on the summit and admired the stunning views of the mountainous countryside. After descending the 777 steps we drove back to Bagan and visited a lacquerware factory. After freshening up at Floral Breeze Hotel, we all went out for a final evening meal at a local chinese restaurant. See photos at www.ascotphoto.co.uk (Travel | Burma 2013).