Route No. 18acontd.
From Kiang-tung to Kiang-haiacontd.
S^TAckade No. 1.
Me-nau, a stream (ford)
A small stream and the Minium.
Pass some small villages and cross three or fear inconsiderable streams. The village of Muang-khien contains about 100 houses. There is not a tree of any sort about them. In the vicinity are fields of cotton.
Direction S. 15A E. The road at first leads over a level country through fields and old cotton plantations. Further on over low hills, valleys and plains of grass, gradually falling to the northward to the foot of a high range of hills, repeatedly crossing the Mi-khien and several other small streams. The ascent of the range is short, but very steep. Shortly after crossing the summit reach a zayat, near which is a spring of water. Thence descend to Bau-ton-luang, a village of 15 houses. The remainder of the road winds along the foot of some low bare hills. Muang-pak only contains six houses, but there are three or four other villages near at hand. Near the village are some fields.
Direction S. 10A E. Road over low undulating hillocks covered with long grass (but no jungle), and valleys between them all well watered by streams, until it reaches a nice plain with two streams of water flowing through it at the foot of a high range of hills. It there ascends the hills, sometimes veiy steeply, and descends again a little on the further side to an old deserted stockade. There is little forage or water at this place.
Direction S. E. Road descends to a good sized stream, the Me-nan, flowing to the north and eastward, which it crosses. It then ascends again very steeply, till it reaches a forest of pines. Passing through this it becomes much more easy, and continues so to the summit of the range. Thence there is a very steep descent to a second old stockade on the shoulder of a hill, similar to the last, and only assailable in front owing to the steepness of the sides of the hill. From this place there is a road to Ka-kui village on the left. From this place the descent continues to the halting place, which is at the junction of two hills, and very confined.
Direction S. 25A E. Ascend slightly at first. Mountains as high as this range, even if not higher, to the southward and westward, and only separated from it by a deep valley. Thence descend continually to an open space between the shoulders of two mountains, where there is a spring, which sometimes, however, dries up. After reascending again for a short while commence a long descent of this steep range, which is covered with jungle to the Me-het. This is a stream 20 feet broad and 2 feet deep flowing rapidly over a stony bed from the westward to the eastward.
There is no space for encamping on or near this on the high road, but by going a short distance up the stream without crossing it there is an open plain of some size. Several ranges of hills are visible both to the west and east during the descent. From the Me-het the road ascends a rather steep hill, and after passing over it and crossing a stream five or six times, and the Mi-nium, reaches the camping ground, which is a plain at the junction of a small stream with the Mi-nium.
Direction for first 6 miles S. 5A E., last 12 miles S. 6A W. The road at starting followed the Mi-nium between hills and through small plains, crossing it several times (the last time where it is largest its width was 20 feet and depth 1 foot) to its junction at the foot of the hills with the Mi-pan, a large stream, 60 feet wide, which flows eastward, and in its turn joins the Mi-tsai.Direction for first 6 miles S. 5A E., last 12 miles S. 6A W. The road at starting followed the Mi-nium between hills and through small plains, crossing it several times (the last time where it is largest its width was 20 feet and depth 1 foot) to its junction at the foot of the hills with the Mi-pan, a large stream, 60 feet wide, which flows eastward, and in its turn joins the Mi-tsai.