Dec 30-31, 2019 — days 27, 28 — 5h — 80km — highlands — backpain
Ants were all over the cockroach we had to kill last night. We packed our bags and headed downstairs. While fumbling with the bike lock, a familiar pain hit my lower back. There is no telling when or why it happens and this was simply bad timing. I tried to stretch a bit to reduce the pain and eventually had to suck it up and hop on the saddle to get going.
Dec 25, 2019 — day 22 — 4h44m — 58km — mountains — long ascents and descents
Last night when I reached for the light switch on the wall and accidentally touched the night-light. It let itself onto floor tiles immediately and spread out in thousand pieces. Cost: 50K VND
Our host offered us “free x-mas breakfast”, so we took it. Xoi bap is a mix of rice, corn, beans and some other things and it was quite filling. On our way to the main road we stopped at a cafe. The coffee came with a glass of green tea and a bowel of ice cubes. We waited quite a while to get a finger high black sludge collect on top of the sweet condensed milk.
Dec 24, 2019 — day 21 — 4h17m — 58km — couple of 10% hills — dogs — waterfall — a big dam — good road surface.
The a/c was blowing too hard so we turned it off and slept with window open. In the morning, we sat at a banh mi place and ordered two with fried eggs as usual. The weather was cloudy but opened occasionally, with fierce sunshine. HCM road seemed well maintained; half the road was newly resurfaced.
Dec 23, 2019 — day 20 — 5h41m — 97km — My Son ruins — back to HCM road
To leave Hoi An, we followed one of the main roads to north west and connected to 14B. There were almost no clouds and it got hot very quickly. To reach the famous Mỹ Son ruins, we had to take a detour about 16km one-way, but it was well worth it.
Dec 4-5, 2019 — days 1,2 — 2h30m — 37km — arrival — hectic ride — street food — sightseeing
Nervous wait at the baggage carousel ended happily and we walked out to assemble our bicycles. A lady showed up volunteering to recycle the cardboard boxes. Exit from the airport was a bit tricky: no motorbikes or bicycles allowed on arrival/departure roads. We had to find the bike parking and follow people to get to the highway.