Dong Hoi today, Dong Ha tomorrow.
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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It rained for the first 15 miles, making for muddy boring riding, but after that point Highway 1 hit the sea and the scenery started to get a bit more interesting. The beach looked much better than it had up north, and had it not been grey and cold, I think we would definitely have had a dip
We stopped at the bottom of a small pass crossing through a hill range and made friends with some cheeky little girls playing with elastic bands in the road. At the top of the pass we saw two young boys and a very old and stooped lady waiting using her hat as a begging bowl. The smallest boy ran to help us, pushing our bikes until we got to the top. Mikey gave him an orange which he pocketed with a big smile. When we gave the grandma some change, all three thanked us and waved after us. As we cycled off we felt really happy, other encounters with beggars have involved aggressive demands for more money but this time we actually felt that the money might go to feeding and helping them. Later in the day we reached Ba don, a fishing village where hundreds of colourful fishing boats further brightened our day.
At the end of 60 miles, Dong Hoi was smaller than we had expected, but we managed to find a clean, good room in a hotel with a lovely receptionist who actually spoke English. They were very excited to have us and even prepared a special 'English-style’ Vietnamese supper for us - more beef and rice with carrots cut into flower shapes!
A much more positive day, thank goodness!
Miles cycled: 60 with a hill in the middle