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Thu 18 Dec 2014

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Ananda Pahto, Bagan.

Another day cycling around the Bagan temples. The area was so big that it was easy to wander from one seemingly obscure small temple to the next one while avoiding the areas crowded with people. However, in the spirit of being a good tourist I tried to make sure to see at least some of the major temples listed in my guidebook.

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Thatbiyinnyu Pahto.

Thatbiyinnyu Pahto.

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Buddha in Thatbiyinnyu Pahto.

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I was glad that the weather was very pleasant, with mostly clear skies and the temperature around 30 degrees celsius. I biked through the countryside along the dry dirt roads that carved paths through the underbrush.

Toward the end of the morning I realized that my front tire seemed to be very squishy. In fact, it seemed to have no air pressure at all! Apparently one of the many thorns strewn across the path had decided to impinge on the integrity of the aforementioned tire. I called my bike shop back in Nyaung U, and they directed me to a nearby bike repair shop next to the Tharabar gate in the wall to Old Bagan. While my tire was being repaired I had lunch across the street at a local tea shop.

A bit of surgery by the Tire Doctor and we're back in business!

A bit of surgery by the Tire Doctor and we’re back in business!

The bike repair shop even offers an outlet to recharge your smartphone!

The bike repair shop even offers an outlet to recharge your smartphone!

During the day I also took a detour towards the river and had a cup of tea at a shop overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy, which was looking a bit low on water. 

Ayeyarwaddy River, near Bagan.

Ayeyarwaddy River, near Bagan.

Another view of the thirsty Ayeyarwaddy.

Another view of the thirsty Ayeyarwaddy.

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