Rolling through the Rice Paddies
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hanh Hoa Vien Hotel
Having just left town we met another tourer. This guy was French and was cycling up to where we had come. We had the "Where have you come from? Where are you going?" chat and left him wishing him well on his journey.
We stopped just out of town to have breakfast, apple and coconut bread which we had brought from Sapa. So far, Vietnam in like India in many ways. It was very hard to find anywhere to stop and sit because the roadsides are so populated. When we did sit we were immediately joined by some locals who photographed us on their mobiles and then used their full armoury of English
The day continued in a relaxed way. It was relatively easy cycling. When we did go up, we immediately got the pay off, rolling down the other side of the hill. There was very little flat, it was either up or down but nothing to annoy. Talking of being annoyed, I am going to take this opportunity to send out a request. If you know a bus driver, or if you happen to find one in the next few days, please can you go up and give them a kick in the *$@~#. I hate to generalise, but we have had enough. In every country we have been to, bus drivers have posed the biggest danger and show the least regard for anyone else on the road. Several times today we were wobbled off by buses and even more annoyingly had to deal with their almighty beeps as they passed. When did they think that letting off a foghorn just as you passed somebody would make the road a safer place? So please, go and have a go at a bus driver, they are all the same!
The scenery was great, dominated by close ups of rice paddies
Everybody shouted 'hello' as we passed. The little kids were really excited but even the older folk gave us a shout and a wave. There were lots of puppies to look at along the way and the tweeting of caged canaries provided the backing track. Another nomination for funny things carried on the back of a moped, today a whole pig was seen strapped across the back in a special 'moped pig carrier cage'.
Lunch was a repeat of the pork and rice we had yesterday, this time flavoured with fresh ginger. The afternoon that followed was very straightforward if not dragging on for an unexpected 6 miles. We only had one other stop for drinks where we shared some chocolate coins with the shop lady. We then took the first hotel we saw. The little chap (as he pushed Pollys bike all of his friends laughed as he reached up to the handlebars) was very keen for us to stay and we were just pleased to be finishing cycling before 4pm. The karaoke downstairs is absolutely hideous, it surely cannot go on all night?
Answer - no, phew Karaoke finished
Miles cycled – 57 rolling rice field filled miles