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17 November 2015

Attached to journey: 17 November 2015 Ywangan to Kalaw ကလောမြု့ by Bike

Cow bells. Wooden carts. Droves of cattle. Wheat harvested by hand. Cauliflowers, lots of cauliflowers, fields of cauliflowers, truckloads of cauliflowers. Cauliflower cheeeeeese!

Today's ride is up and down, but never is any near as challenging as yesterday. We head roughly south along a rolling high plateau. Road surface is generally good and progress is consistent. There are long views to green mountains in the east over cultivated fields.

It all goes a bit Camille Pissarro at one point - poplar trees by the roadside cast their shadows over the road. John Constable gets a look-in with countless haywains. Sander points out that there's been a bunch of social realist scenes going on too: happy peasants toiling at manual labour in the sun.

We come off the country road that yesterday took us over the mountains with a right turn onto highway 41. It's quite quiet and fast. We get some food on the northern edge of Aungpan, before finishing with a manageable 10km or so into Kalaw.

82km, 4hr18, 19.1km/h

Older: The Queen Stage ~ Newer: Silver Happy People