Planes trains and automobiles...nope, just a bike!

Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Jun 28, 2008

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Well, obviously we survived the bike ride from Di Linh to Mui Ne. It was absolutely amazing scenery - riding through the jungle on a small country road. We hopped on our bikes in Di Linh and cycled for a few kilometers.....then we got to the "one little uphill bit". Hmmmm.....that was 5kms of hard going uphill. Or at least that's what Malcolm says - I got off the bike and put it in the van and got a lift up!! Lemme tell you, I was sure glad that I did, as the van even had a hard time getting up the switchbacks. Still, Malx and our guide made it in fine form! Then it was mostly level or downhill the rest of the way. We cycled till about 12:30 and stopped for a picnic lunch overlooking a valley. What a great lunch, lots of fresh fruit and sandwiches (even peanut butter!!) - of course I was so hungry at that point, I think I could've just chewed on the van's tires. Off again after lunch to bike down "the pass"....lots of fun just scooting down the side of a mountain. We left behind the coffee and tea plants as we headed down, and ended up at the bottom in black bean country. Once south of the pass we had about 30kms of level country biking to do, but it was soon very apparent that we were no longer in the cool, temperate Central Highlands anymore - it was HOT! I made it about 20 kms of the way, but then we turned onto a crazy bumpy dirt road, and after only about a kilometer, that was enough for me. I was tired, burnt, dusty and a bit saddle sore, and very glad for a ride in the van again! Malcolm and our guide did finish the rest on the bikes, troopers that they are. At the end of the ride, we stopped for fresh sugarcane juice, and Malcolm held court with the locals......we have a photo album of pics from home, and with the help of the guide, he showed some of the local kids pictures of Scotland and the families. They sure got a kick out of seeing pictures of kilts and Highland cows!

The last few kilometers we all rode in the van, as its down the main highway and too busy for biking. We arrived to Mui Ne at about 4pm and settled into our little bungalow right on the beach! We've mostly been relaxing the last couple of days - hanging about in hammocks and doing a bit of sunbathing. Its a pretty relaxed place - Mui Ne isn't really a town, its just a 10km sting of hotels and restaurants right along a beach. We did take a little local tour to see some of the sights yesterday afternoon - we went to a local fishing village, and we went out to see some huge white sand dunes. You could even take a sledge and slide down the dunes if you wanted! It was really breezy when we were there, so we decided to give that a miss, but it did look like pretty good long as you don't mind really really really being covered in sand.

We are off on the bus in a couple of hours to Saigon. I can't believe that our time is passing so quickly in Vietnam - we've both really loved it here. We've only got a couple of days in Saigon, and then we are flying to Phu Quoc on the 23rd for Christmas, then its a few days in the Mekong and off to Cambodia. Sheesh, how time flies!

All our love,
K & M
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