Thur 10 Jan 2013. After a quick breakfast and topping up of gear oil for Loh's bike, we headed out for Mandalay at 1030 am. We stopped by at one of the Pagoda's for a group picture. The road to Mandalay was one of the best that we have had till now. But we had to take many breaks as Cherie was having a bad bout of diarrhea. But she braved it and managed to complete the whole journey. We stopped for lunch at one of the towns. The ride being approved by the ministry had its benefits. The police stopped the traffic for us to pass through. I think we are privileged to have this benefit, as when the country opens more, it would become like riding into Cambodia and Laos. After lunch and a rest we continued with our ride. For the first time since entering Myanmar, we managed to reach our destination before dark. Mandalay, unlike Naypydaw was a bustling city. We were told that its the second largest city after Yangon. As there were not enough rooms available, we stayed at 2 different hotels, Hotel Mandalay Hotel and the others at City Mandalay Hotel. After shower we headed out for dinner and then ended up in one of the rooms for our daily "gossip".