Wheely Windy

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

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Ho Phing Hotel

Flag of Vietnam  , Ninh Thuận,
Friday, March 4, 2011

The weather gods must have been watching us on our late night out because they decided that we needed minimal strain on our cycle today. As a result we were blessed with the strongest tail wind we have had at any point on the trip.  At times we were being blown along at 20mph without even turning the pedals.  Mopeds made a second take as we overtook them in the hard shoulder and truck drivers shouted in amazement as we passed them on their inside.  Add to that a smooth, flat, new road out of Nha Trang and it all made for a very straight forward 63 miles.

The first 20 miles out of town took us to the airport, there was very little traffic on this newly built two lane stretch and as we followed the coast, past Diamond Bay resort and southwards, we made good ground.  This was important as we hadn't left Nha Trang until around 11am.  The reason for this being yet another visit to Louisiana Brewhouse.  This time we sampled their Big Breakfast.  It was big and beautiful. Washed down with a mango lassi and café latte it made for another very pleasant morning.

We had a few drops of rain this afternoon.  Polly has inexplicably developed a belief that she is a meteorological expert and explained to me how Nha Trang has its own microclimate and that we will be fine for the next few days on the beach in Mui Ne.  The landscape changed dramatically today from the soggy paddie fields which have been constant throughout Vietnam, to a much more dry and baron canvas.  Rocky hills replaced the jungle covered hillsides and the farming changed from rice production to grape picking.

Arriving in Phan Rang we hesistated.  Should we continue out for a beach stop and start eating into the 85 miles tomorrow has in store or should we rest up and check in to the grand looking hotel that appeared as we deliberated.  The hotel it was and we checked in supported by lovely staff.  *

The Lonely Planet once again led us on a wild goose chase in the evening.  The recommended restaurant was closed so we sat in the market and had some excellent pork and rice.   We had asked for the local speciality, Com Ga (chicken and rice), but were not disappointed by the pork and rice option.

We spent the evening in different ways.  Polly matched trashy TV wrapped up in bed and I went downstairs to be eaten by mosquitos and to book our flight to New Zealand.  Very exciting, 4th May we leave Singapore and fly to Christchurch.  There is a good deal of cycling to be done before then not to mention a kitesurfing holiday with Dan and Claire and a 2 week detour to Borneo to capture Orang Utans with Giles and Char.

*  I forgot to mention, on the 20 meter ride from the café stop to the hotel I fell off my bike for the first time on this trip.  I had just clipped into the pedals as my front wheel hit some sand.  It was a comical slow motion tumble, made even less dramatic by the fact that I actually landed in a big pile of soft sand.  Oh dear, Mike

Miles cycled: 63 wind assisted
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triciagick on

Extremely large breakfast you guys - how tasteful the little spring of basil on the tomato! I would like you know Mikey that your mother in law fell off her bicycle (first time in your lifetime I suspect). I was navigating the 0.7 mile journey from Windward to Windward House - I safely wobbled along the footpath, bnut got a bit cocky at the other end and tried a tight U turn which horribly wrong outside the Hankeys'. Have a very unsightly bruise on the knee where the handlebar dug in! Lots of sympathy from Les though before we ventured a stately ride along the shore to the Ferry and back xxxxxxxxxx

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