Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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I am also yet to feel much love for the people of Vietnam. If it is not the driving, it is the annoying kids shouting or the young blokes howling around on their motorbikes. The continuous overpricing when we stop for food and drinks is also annoying
We completely jinxed the weather back in Hanoi when we splashed out on 4 pairs of sunglasses. 2 sporty numbers that we could wear on the bike and 2 pairs of very flash designer sorts. The guy assured me they were real Georgio Armani and for £2 a pair I liked his style. The weather has been pretty uninspiring since. The sun drenched white sands are yet to materialise and the Highway # 1 is a bore. Sorry, I am really moaning again. Shut up Neville.
Breaky was good baguette and coffee the Vietnamese way, very short and strong with condensed milk sitting on the base. It is not bad if not too sweet for our liking. We sped along at 15mph. It is very easy cycling at the moment. If Vietnam is nothing else so far, it is certainly flat.
There was nothing to report along the way. A drinks stop after 25 miles (as we sat a guy passed riding a moped which had a 15 foot tree planted on the front – see photo) and a hosing down of the bikes after 40 miles. The lad did a good job, power hosing and then soaping up the mud caked bikes
We arrived in a town after 50 miles of flat and uneventful pedalling. The first hotel was big and characterless. That will do nicely! It was new and clean and we were even able to order some beef fried noodles for supper. A stroll into town along the perilously dark highway was well worth it. Not only were we able to talk to Neville parents but we also bought some fresh baguettes for the morning. Not much to write home about today but I have certainly had worse Mondays.
Miles cycled: 51 still flat miles