Turbo Charged Escapes
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We've not much to say about the day really. The traffic returned and the noise was unbearable. We were inundated by school children on bikes shouting and chasing us and at one point had to put the turbo boosters on and do 20mph for a few miles to get rid of them. They're quite persistent though and you can hear their creaky bikes struggling on for ages. At many points during the day a few attach themselves behind us, shouting and giggling
After lunch however we met a group of teenagers who took it to the next level, chucking stones at us as we passed - not a pleasant experience, but luckily none hit. In the last two days we’ve seen two other solo cyclists and neither have even waved/noticed us having their heads down and cycling as fast as possible in the other direction. Clearly they’ve been having the same experiences. I hate being disliked in a country and the fact that we don’t want to go into restaurants and encounter other people as it’s often a negative experience. Now we’ve got baguettes and cheese we have been having picnics though, which are not only better cycling food, but mean we can chill out on our own in the quiet.
Anyway, when we arrived, Dong Ha was another large city and after cycling round and checking it all out, we found a 3* hotel which had a clean £10 room and really polite, friendly staff
Later we were reading another cycling blog to check out the road ahead and found a guy who is a couple of weeks ahead on our exact route. He also stayed in Ky Ahn and his journal entry for that day makes harrowing reading. He encountered the even darker side to the story, something sickening and heart breaking which has given me nightmares ever since. It’s easy to see why westerners in that area might be treated with disrespect and suspicion and also why people are so disturbed. I’m really glad we’re out of there, but also cant stop thinking about it.
Miles cycled: 62 unwelcoming miles