Mini Itinerary

  • 8:00am 4 July 2019
    London to Folkestone by Bike
    Estimated 104km
    Sunrise (Europe/London): 04:50
    Sunset (Europe/London): 21:12

  • 3:30pm 4 July 2019
    Folkestone to Calais by Train

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    Calais to Ghent Gent by Bike
    Estimated 162km
    Sunrise (Europe/Paris): 05:45
    Sunset (Europe/Brussels): 22:01

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    Ghent Gent to Brussels Bruxelles by Bike
    Estimated 56km
    Sunrise (Europe/Brussels): 05:41
    Sunset (Europe/Brussels): 21:55

  • 8:00am 11 July 2019
    Brussels Bruxelles to Namur by Bike
    Estimated 67km
    Sunrise (Europe/Brussels): 05:42
    Sunset (Europe/Brussels): 21:50

  • 8:00am 12 July 2019
    Namur to Bouillon by Bike
    Estimated 125km
    Sunrise (Europe/Brussels): 05:43
    Sunset (Europe/Brussels): 21:45

  • 8:00am 13 July 2019
    Bouillon to Luxembourg by Bike
    Estimated 96km
    Sunrise (Europe/Brussels): 05:46
    Sunset (Europe/Luxembourg): 21:39

Blog / Silver Happy People

19 November 2015

Just a short day today, taking us east to one of Myanmar's biggest tourist centres, Inle Lake, and the town of Nyaung Shwe.

I think it's today we finally realise that the people of this country just seem to be high all the time. Some guy drifts past us on a motorbike, singing along loudly to some tune that presumably was playing on his headphones. A guy stopped by the roadside comes over to get photos with us when we stop to look at the view over towards the town of Heho; the whole process is accompanied by smiles and wide grins. Bands of dancing promo people make noise about products that we can only guess at, all participants seemingly lost in the moment.

There's a few short ups and one big down today. During the big down, we turn off the highway onto a smaller road that takes us into Nyaung Shwe from the west. As we drop onto the valley floor, it all gets wetter, the road banked up above the water.

Nyaung Shwe has a tourism-frontier up-and-coming vibe. It's dusty, sparse and isn't as far along the tourism road as you might expect given that it's been five years or so since Myanmar tourism began to open up. There are opportunities here, especially for people with already-functioning businesses. If you can make a good burger, pizza or, well, pretty much any iconic Western grub item, you're set.

58km, 2hr35, 22.3km/h

Bike along eastern side of lake before boat back to town:

24km, 1hr20, 17.7km/h

Bike to train station to exit:

14km, 0hr35, 23.2km/h

Attached to journey: 19 November 2015 Kalaw ကလောမြု့ to Nyaung Shwe ညောင်ရွှေမြို့ by Bike 58km
Part of trip The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
Distance today: 58km
Total distance: 540km

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