A Pass into Paradise
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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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
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
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