We woke up ready for Day 1 of our Myanmar Motorbike Adventure despite a light hangover from that night of beers and shisha at Mandalay’s Gastro Rock Pub. After a quick shower and having the hotel’s included breakfast, it was time to strap our luggage on our bikes for the first of countless times of the trip.

Once done, the three of us wearing identical striped shirts, were then on the road trying to cope with the Myanmar way of driving. Not much respect for laws or other vehicles. But they drive very slow so it is easy to anticipate this archaic way of driving. The horn is also used a lot, so you get warned when a pickup overloaded with merchandise and people gonna pass you. After an hour or so we were comfortable with this way of driving.

 

The first leg of our trip was to reach Pyin Oo Lwin 65km away. Zach who rented us our bikes (read Where to rent a motorbike in Mandalay ? for more details) recommended us to take a little detour from the main highway. This would add us 40 kilometers and we decided to go for it. Instead of following the Mandalay-Lashio Road (called also Route #3) all the way to Pyin Oo Lwin we took a right turn after 20km. This country road roughly follows the Myitnge River up to a dam, then goes back toward Pyin Oo Lwin.

The road is made of cement at the beginning and asphalt later on with barely any potholes and very fun to ride.

 

After 20km we took a left turn on a dirt road that would lead to a waterfall, according to google map. It did!

Nothing impressive, but a great pit stop to refresh ourselves. We definitely captured the attention of locals who were more than happy to snap selfies with us.

We continued our way until we find a closed gate in the middle of the road, eh? With the help of a local who arrived at the gate at the same time with us, we explained to the security guard that we were heading to Pyin Oo Lwin and he let us go without any issues.

The road next was probably the most beautiful landscapes we would see of our trip. Mountainous, curvy and nobody on the road. There is barely any villages, only lush vegetation.
Then we reached the Mandalay-Lashio Route for the last dozen of kilometers to Pyin Oo Lwin. Having gained altitude, the colder weather is greatly appreciated. 

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