When I later returned to Yangon, arrangements
were made with a friend to see the Hanging Rock Pagoda. I never
figured out why we left at 4:00 A.M. The drive to Kyaikhtiyo
Pagoda was three and a half hours. It took an additional two
hours to get to the pagoda after parking the car. There were
two paths. The foot path for the devout was seven hours.
No thank you. We drove until the car could make it no further.
Then, we hitched a ride in a vehicle that did not overheat.
Finally, we walked. It was very steep walking into the clouds
with mist, rain, haze, and men who were willing to carry us on chairs
between bamboo poles for outrageous prices. We walked.