A Pass into Paradise

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of Vietnam  , Kon Tum,
Monday, February 28, 2011

Again today, the ride was beautiful. When the sun is shining and you are following a coastline, there is not much to complain about really.  We did not wake Pete and Tim.  The devastating last minute goal by Obafemi Martins sent the loyal Arsenal supporter, Pete, into deep depression in the early hours of this morning so we decided to leave without disturbing them.

The morning heat immediately hit us and we found some shade to scoff down an egg baguette.  It was prepared by some very enthusiastic roadside sellers who did not display much concern for food safety.  Her constant sneezing only added to my worries about already having an ear infection.  I had been feeling very strange overnight and this morning the ear is still pretty bunged up.  Oh well, it means I have an excuse for not hearing what Polly is banging on about!

On the bike we enjoyed the route.  The sun was dulled every now and then by cloud which gave us some respite, the highway was much less noisy and the people we passed were friendly and pleased to see us.  Every now and then we would turn a corner to catch a glimpse of another stretch of white sand.  On our right we were flanked by either bright green crop fields or towering jungle lined hillsides. 

We had decided that our constant battle to find lunch must be won after days of missing out on a good meal.  We turned off into the town of Tuy Hoa and after a 8 km ride past half- finished hotels we hit the waterfront.  There was not the activity we had anticipated but there were a few local places serving.  We ignored the shouting from the beer drinking men of the first place and rested our bikes outside what looked like a safe bet.  15 minutes later Polly had given up trying to order, the Vietnamese menu had not been much help and even the phrase book seemed to be failing.  The pictures of a frog in one section and a SNAKE in another section of the menu had already sent me back to my seat with fingers crossed that Polly would just order plain rice.  We have passed many large jars being sold on the road side with pickled snakes in so I knew they were widespread in restaurants.  Just as Polly waved her hands in a "Forget it" kind of way, the food started to appear from the kitchen.  The grilled fish looked good (it was definitely fish Polly confirmed) but the broth with large chunks of white meat worried me.  Without thinking I tucked in only for Polly to point out the interesting patterns on the skin of the meat.  It was not until after the meal that the waiter confirmed that this was also fish, not snake!

After lunch the ride continued to please.  With 40 or so miles on the clock we tackled a 7 mile pass.  We knew it would be the last push of the day so took our time climbing the steep ascent.  The sun beat down on the back of our necks and very quickly we were sweating through our eye balls.  Trucks and buses passes but not really going any faster than we were.  As usual, it was worth every straining turn of the legs.  It really was a pass into paradise. When we rolled over the top the views of the bays below appeared.  We saw the village we had planned to stop in and sat back to let our bikes freewheel us in.

We passed all the way through the village to the south end of the bay to find a lovely beach hut type complex.  Beach hut rented for the night we enjoyed the last of the light on the beach before heading out for sweet and sour pork and noodles. 

Back at the ranch it was time for another compelling episode of Prime Suspect Series 3 downloaded from Itunes.  We are loving the gritty DCI Jane Tennison do her thing. They don't make TV like that anymore!

Miles cycled: 44 - doesn't sound like many but they all count

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triciagick on

Found all the places mentioned on my map and you really do seem to be soaring over the land - looks to me as though Mui Ne will not be a problem for you. Les and I cycled to our bridge in the freezing cold Easterly wind yesterday morning and the primroses are adorning the banks along Smugglers Lane - best I can do to wax lyrical about Bosham at the moment! Today though the sun is over my shoulder as I type. Dads has gone to Midhurst to collect a 'plank' of Elm for his blocks on Alice - the idea of his transporting said plank back to Bosham has shades of sheets of glass on bikes/tut tuts in India - glad he won't be overtaking you two on the road back. We've got one more free weekend before we start two consecutive charter weekends on the 12th - not bad? Keep on having fun and staying safe and keeping your brother under control when he and Claire make it to Vietnam.
Heaps of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

That's a lot of tarmac covered. On the map it looks as if Vietnam runs into the sea - when and where are you meeting Daniel? It looks all so lovely I'm suprised more people aren't threatening to join you. I played the Euro Millions last week but didn't win - this week it is something like £53 million so maybe I'll try again and if lucky will bring a few people to visit!

I am no longer a grey haired old granny but a brunette one with highlights - Olaf thinks it's very funny and keeps on pointing to my luciouc locks - CJB is not so amused - but will learn to live with it I'm sure. Great to talk on Sunday even if it was a bit hit and miss.

All love jojo and Christopher

mum and dad on

just caught up on all the entries.Just wonderful-such lovely beaches and that heat.We wish!!Dad nearly fell off his chair when you mentioned the snakes!And guess what we have for dinner tonight-yep chicken!Hope your ear gets better soon Mike.Will catch up soon on skype.Enjoy these beautiful days.Love to you bothxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

I hope by now you have met up with Dan and Claire and are having a marvellous time. I also hope very much Mikey that ear infection has disappeared.

CJB and I have had a once in a few years Sunday - all on our own for lunch (Amanda left as we went down for a drink at the club) Lots of sunshine and people on the terrace.
CJB insited on cooking and we had 3 (each) of the fattest most suculent lamb chops with mange tout and new pots - unfortunately I then remembered I had some stewed apple with cloves in the freezer so got them out and poured a liberal dash of calvados over - himself is now asleep in front of fire where I will join him very shortly!

Still very cold here but there is no doubt spring is about to burst out in full glory and not before time.

You guys all look out for each other and let us know what you all get up to.


Lindy on

Very envious of your sunshine - have had some lovely weather here and have been gardening madly - now forecast for this week is hail!!!
Love your blog - you are responsible for me spending a long time at the computer - much better than being domesticated! - keep it coming as I am not too keen on the domesticated bit anyway.
Still do not seem to be having a very positive response from John re Vietnam - maybe more info re golf courses might help!!
Take care and have a brilliant time with Dan - I assume they are there now
Love Lindy

triciagick on

So pleased you've teamed up with Dan and Claire and enjoying the kite surfing when possible. Looking forward to seeing some water action on the blog. Am still recovering from the disappointment of finding Costa closed for renovations this morning - it always makes a boring shop in Chi more acceptable - so desperate was I that I walked all the way to Cafe Nero instead!! Absolutely stunning day here, violets, primroses and daffodils are popping up everywhere so Spring has most definetely sprung - hoorah. Olaf and Jojo paid a visit this afternoon - Olaf in/on a stunning red tricycle which poor Jojo found very difficult to steer - trust they made it home ok. Carry on having fun, tons of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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