08-Mar-2016 -- A first visit to Myanmar meant that I had to see if a confluence was possible. Although I was working in Hpa-An for several days it seemed that the area around 17N 98E is still out of bounds. So I resorted to visiting the CP nearest to Yangon. Rainer Mautz wrote that it took him only an hour to cycle there - so I decided to follow his method.
I rented a bike the previous afternoon and set off at 7:15 from downtown. It took me twice as long as Rainer to get there but there were no problems (I blame the temperature, March is a lot hotter than January) but I do not cycle often, so was not quite up to the distance (nearly 40 km each way). The concrete paths from Htantabin have been improved and now lead to within 200 meters of the point - too easy? So I was able to cycle almost all of the way there. I took a small path along a dike between fields planted with bananas and found myself at a dead end (maybe the same as the previous visitors). I went back part of the way and with the guidance of two young boys crossed a small ditch - not realizing that the bamboo "bridge" was floating so I got wet feet. Another couple of minutes and I reached a bigger channel. It would have been possible to cross this but I was already at 31 m from the point, so decided to claim.
Pictures taken I retraced my steps and started the long ride back to the city. I would have paid plenty for a small truck to stop and offer me a lift (bike and all) but it did not happen and there was finally a sense of satisfaction at making it back to the city at 1:30 - exhausted and very overheated.