Riding Bikes to the hot springs in Inle Lake

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This was a weird adventure. We had to find a bike that Lennon could sit on. We also needed bikes that wouldn’t be too tall for Maddux and me! Mission accomplished- we were on our way. The road to the hot springs was crazy rocky, dusty and busy. It was pretty much one lane where cars and motorbikes had to pull over to the side and bikes and pedestrians were kind of pushed off the road. 33 minutes into the hour ride and Jesse’s tire pops. We walk to a main road and the kids and I keep riding while Jesse jogs along with the bike and Lennon. It is hot, people are thirsty- this doesn’t work for long. Jesse sees a guy hauling big oil barrels on a tuk tuk and asks if he can get a ride. They can not but they find a guy who can. Jesse, Lennon and the bike go ahead of us. We don’t know where we’re going but follow. After Maddux, Em and I arrive at the hot springs- we wait for J and L. They should be there already. Eventually, they walk in! Yay! We didn’t lose them. Jesse goes to get the bike from some kids who repaired it- they want the equivalent of a dollar but Jesse is so happy to have the tire fixed, he gives them much more and they are happy!
We are all set to go into the hot springs. They give us a tour. There is a place for foreigners. There are three decrepit looking hot tubs with green water in them. Em says, ” no, thanks.” I’ll do whatever. Boys want to do it- Jesse thinks we should head back on the bikes. Maddux and Lennon go in and last about 20 minutes, then we all decide to go. Two minutes into our trek back and Jesse’s tire pops- again! We laugh! I laugh longer than necessary, as usual. I find a guy who will take us across the lake on a boat to the town where our hotel is located. We have to go to a village to go on the guy’s friend’s boat. The village is beautiful. Everyone is waving at us. People are happy, the sun is setting- we were meant to be there at that moment. Everything DOES happen for a reason. We had a most amazing boat ride back!

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The picture of the local boys are the guys who fixed the tire and the other picture is the guys who gave Jesse and Lennon a ride to the hot springs. Hitch hiking in Burma! Woo hoo!

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2 thoughts on “Riding Bikes to the hot springs in Inle Lake

  1. Meredith Dean

    What a great story! I am looking forward to following your travels around the world! It was a highlight of Cat Ba Island for me to meet you and your family- I hope I can travel as you are when I have a family of my own. Safe travels! 🙂

    • Meredith- so nice to hear from you so soon. I have no doubt that you will be traveling with your own family someday in the future! Maybe you will be at the tower in Cat Ba and there will be a few more planks on the platform! hee. Shine on and happy travels! Love! kim

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