Kipling, the famed poet, never went to Mandalay.
The road he spoke of was plied by paddle steamers, which likely would have spirited a man there faster than my not-so-trusty BSA.
Not to worry. There was much to see along the way- rural life unchanged for centuries, festivals, towns, pagodas, markets…..and mechanics.
In hindsight, I didn’t do this journey justice, and would gladly do it again, even slower.