Thieves to Fireflies
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Rang Dong Hotel
However, a lovely relaxing muesli opposite (yes, I now eat muesli) with Dan and Claire, made us feel much more optimistic about the miles ahead. We negotiated the Saigon traffic to find the Post Office. As Pols struggled inside to work out the postal system, I mapped out a way out of the city and South West towards the Mekong Delta.
The ride was going really well
Two blokes on a motorbike had snuck up behind Polly and cut the camera strap which was around her neck and sped off with our camera. They must have been tailing us and it was obviously something they have done before. I gave chase but it was pointless as they had done it on an open stretch of road and were already out of sight before I hit top speed. We have used that camera so much snapping our way through cities and probably the biggest frustration is losing the great photos from this morning and the ones of us saying goodbye to Dan and Claire. We stopped for a drink and a breather. The camera had gone but at least we were safe and still rolling. We also felt quite satisfied that it was a pretty rubbish camera, battered from being dropped so much.
On we went and enjoyed the rest of the ride. It was mostly on the busy highway but we had some nice stops and the traffic was pretty peripheral. One guy had caught a rat in a cage and was very pleased to show us.
When we arrived in My Tho we were picked up by a hotel tout. We followed him to a very nice spot on the river and checked in exhausted. We had only done 46 miles but the heat is so draining. We were then hit by another tout who offered us a ride down the river for a few dollars. It seemed a good idea so before we knew it we were showered and whizzing down to the dock on the back of his motorbike. We boarded his sister's boat and set out on The Mekong for our first stop on Coconut Island. It was such a lovely tour. We saw bee keepers and drank honey, bee pollen and lime tea, we ate coconut candy, we watched the sun set, we strolled around a very strange temple and best of all, we saw fireflies. This really was amazing; the palms that lined the riverbank glittered furiously. We reached out and caught them between our hands. Up close you could see the lights on their bellies. Quite a sight.
Back on dry land we enjoyed a seafood dinner and then joined a group of students from Can Tho university who had invited us over for a drink. Their English teacher was very keen for us to talk, and it proved to be a very good end to the day. They are on their way to England to study and were all really lovely. They are off to Greenwich and Bristol University and we swapped emails in the hope that we could help them out next year.
We are now watching 'Taking Woodstock'. A great day, if only Polly had been quicker on the draw with the pepper spray we could of 'ad ‘em!
(We are now using my mobile phone as a camera, hence photos from this afternoon).
Miles cycled: 46 hot city and highway miles