Mon 19th Jan: Hanoi – Nimh Binh
So, 1st day of our trip to Ho Chi Minh, only 1200 miles or so to go! I know Ann is a bit anxious seeing as she’s been laid up on the couch recovering from her wrist reconstruction, best start pedalling then!
Getting out of central Hanoi was exhilarating, dodging all the mopeds waving all over, adrenalin certainly seems to jave kicked in with Ann as she’s off…..Thank goodness she’s got all the luggage or I’d be struggling to keep up.
So a 60 miler to start, happy with that, and happy with the Nha Nghi, both of us are on a high and looking forwards to tomorrow.
Tue 20th Jan: Nimh Binh – Quang Chinh
We met a couple madder than us today! They’re doing 5 continents in 5 years. We overtook them actually, and no wonder as the bloke was towing 2 child trailers….one with their 1 year old (he’s huge) born in Spain last year, and another with some of their gear. They’re on the way to Singapore to show of said monster to the grandparents.
I was so excited I forgot to get their names. .doh!
Of course they were a tad suprised that Ann had nearly all our gear (what little there is of it) and I was very quick to point out that 1) she insisted (and who am I to argue & 2) she does have a motor! I think I could be feeling a bit defensive cos all I’m doing is drooging along sucking her wheel
Wow, I’d forgotten how hard the mattresses are over here, or possibly I’ve become accustomed to easy living, as last year we’d already been on the road for 3 months roughing it! So not the best nights sleep and my legs were aching a tad too.
Still…not far to go?
Wed 21st Jan: Quang Chinh-Dien Chau
Back to our early starts with breakfast on the road after 10 miles or so. Today was BBQ’d pork bought at a small roadside market
Lunch was Pho with quails eggs
An excellent day until half way through the afternoon, when, as I was drooging along sucking Ann’s wheel and daydreaming, I managed to hit a big rock in the middle of the hard shoulder with my big toe on the down stroke. Nearly ripped off the front of my toe
1st aid administrated in front of laughing Vietnamese chap (on the phone to his mates I think) who wandered over 4 lanes of traffic just to check out what was going on. Then a couple of minutes to get my breath back before heading onwards. Ann went easy on me for a mile or so, but I soon got bored with that and told her to push on again.
Actually pushed out a steady 55 miles in the end and found a comfortable hotel -the Nha Nghi looked ruff as- for less than a tenner. Had a hobble around town after refreshing ourselves and picked up some TCP and a few plasters to dress the Toe.
Thurs 22nd: Dien Chau-Ha Tinh
Breakfast was included in our hotels price…result! However the northern Vietnamese tend to like their Pho somewhat spicier than Ann prefers, so shes starting to go off it…me, on the other hand, I can’t get enough. …really. …I’m starving!
Stopped for lunch after 30 odd miles in Vinh, quite a major city that the Ah1 bypasses but we didn’t. As Ann really couldn’t face Pho twice in one day we had baguettes spread with condensed milk sounds fowl but actually delicious.
The condensed milk tasted like honey.
Couldn’t find a Nha Nghi but found a hotel where I negotiated a deluxe room….with bath for less than £15. Lovely soft(ish) bed, cotton sheets and duvet, however the hotel was a bit 20 meterish…..ie from 20m away everything is fine, but on closer inspection. …not so good, for instance the washbasin was double action, that is you were able to wash your hands and feet at the same time!
All in all tho, another good day, 55 miles covered at average of 12.7mph. I haven’t mentioned it before but Ann’s front brake disc got bent in transit and even tho I’ve loosened it off as much as possible it’s still binding. ….good resistance training for her, and her battery range is +60 (i hope) miles at the moment.
Fri 23rd Ha Tinh-Quang Trach
Long hard day today, 65 miles. The road is being widened and repaired all along the route……no hassle tho, just ride on by and avoid the heavy machinery.
Ann’s battery just held out! Probably because she’s pushing it out on her lowest setting.
We’re still in the northern part of Vietnam and the eating habits are slightly different than further south
Sort of Dog eat Dog as it were!
Sat 24th Jan: Quang Trach-Xuan Bo
A short one today of only 46 miles. Chicken and rice for lunch after managing to get the translator on the phone to work. …result!
Sun 25th Jan
We thought it might be quieter on the road today, but nope, everybody seems to work 24/7, the French influence has definitely sloughed off!
Stopped for breakfast at lakeside eatery on stilts……fresh fish straight from the ‘keep net’.
Cooked as above and served with veg and rice soup
Pity that they didn’t gut it 1st tho….ho hum!
Another 50+ miles today, into a head wind too. Also met another cycling traveller……it seems only common courtesy to stop and at the very least exchange photos!
Didn’t get his name either! Bugger!
Somewhat off the beaten track tonight, and a 65miler to boot! Google only showed a couple of Nha Nghi, but once we got there we found loads!
Place called Mui Chon Dong, lovely beach, small market and not a lot else….did us tho.
Tomorrow the plan is an easy 40 odd miles into Hoi An voa Da Nang
Tue 27th Jan
The best laid plans of mice men and Dyl! The ‘plan’ was an easy 40 miles to Hoi An, unfortunately it was bollocks! The Ah1 goes thru a 3.7km tunnel, however bikes and scooters not allowed! Must use old route over Hai Van pass
At only 8%
I must say I got a bit of a sweat on staying on Ann’s wheel and wasn’t overly impressed when she asked if I’d like her to switch to”sport” mode a get a shuffty on!