What a Ride!
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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It really was a fantastic days riding, one of the best yet. The entire route was on quiet roads, on which we were usually alone, and the sights and sounds were fascinating and varied
There were two incredibly steep passes. Although they were marked as 10% gradient they were at least 20%. It was as if they couldn’t be bothered to meander up the mountain and just hacked the road straight up. They were pretty tough in the amazing heat and took a long time, but were SO worth it. Each time we reached the top we saw a sparkling blue bay below us. The beaches were immaculate as there were very few people living in the villages in the bays and we could easily have camped.
We had drinks stops every 10 miles, and people continued to be very friendly and happy to see us
The only slight difficulty of the day was that the route was not well signposted and at one point turned into a bumpy track for several miles. Asking directions is not easy, and often leads to lots of excited people getting involved and giving conflicting answers in Vietnamese!
We found the correct road in the end however and reached Cat Thanh where we found another gorgeous beach, this time full of locals enjoying their Sunday. The climb out of the beach was intense and we were passed by loads of motorcyclists, who’d had one too many at the beach. We met more crowds at the top, sitting around admiring a truly spectacular view. At the bottom it was absolute mayhem, with our little road full of motorcyclists. They are obviously seriously developing the area as a tourist attraction and as we left the town we found an enormous empty two lane highway heading off into what looked like a desert
We took the first hotel we saw, despite the blaring karaoke, as after 75 miles and 9 hours on the bikes we were tired and keen to shower and find somewhere to eat. (No lunch again, but Buu’s breackfast and some biscuits had kept us going). Mikey chose the most expensive room they had at £7, and it was clean. The extra £1 seemed to be for the luxury of a huge black frilly leather sofa in the room – lovely!
Finding food was easier said than done, as there were loads of great bars and coffee shops, but no restaurants. Eventually we found a bar where a sweet girl conformed they were serving food and even translated some of the menu for us. We ordered two spaghetti bolognaises, which when they came were scrumptious but tiny! We destroyed them in about 5 minutes and considered ordering two more. Instead we went for a wander round town and managed to find a bakery which not only had a vast selection of donuts and cakes, had some mini pizzas – jackpot.
Back at the nuts hotel, they had switched off the karaoke and we managed to sit in the reception and skype Alex and Debbie to hear the engagement story – VERY happy news. Looking back on the day we agreed it was one of the best rides we’ve done, but that it might have been better to stop after 50 miles and camp on one of the beaches. There’s not much point getting to a large town when its already dark and you are too tired to check it out.