Honeymoon tandem

July - December 2016
July - December 2016
  • Day125

    Ho Chi Minh

    December 2, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a 4am start and some lovely rush hour traffic into Ho Chi Minh (not recommended!) we finally made it to our hotel where we proceeded to have an hour and a half long massage for 5 pounds. After cycling 130 km yesterday we felt we deserved it. We haven't clocked the exact mileage but we think it's just over 2000km we have done in Vietnam. Together with Europe that means we have cycled over 5000km in the last 5 months. The bike has behaved impeccably this time round and so has Rosie. And so here ends our honeymoon cycling trip. Now for a week on a tropical island before we head back to Hanoi on the train and fly home.Read more

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  • Day123

    Selfies and coffee beans

    November 30, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Basically on the middle of nowhere, which means westerners don't really stop here. Hence everyone is very keen to have selfies with the weird western people!!
    Almost everyone has their crop of coffee beans drying in front of their houses which is quite cool. And smells pretty good as we cycle past too!

    160 km to go to Ho Chi Minh.
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  • Day120

    Buôn Ma Thuôt

    November 27, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    As the coffee capital of Vietnam, of course Rosie's first choice of beverage was an Oreo frappacino as soon as we arrived!!! We had a days break here to relax after doing 500km in a week.
    We managed to get a local bus to Dray Sap waterfall not too far away, which despite it being dry season was a beautiful change of scenery to the dust and trucks of the high road.

    320 km to go to Ho Chi Minh.
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  • Day118

    520km to go!!

    November 25, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    A long 90km ride today in undulating terrain. Another 2 days of that and we will be in the coffee capital of Vietnam which we are very excited about. We've also discovered that the freshly squeezed sugar cane drink they sell at the side of the road wherever you look tastes surprisingly good and if the ice doesn't kill you, it works brilliantly as an energy drink too!

    However yesterday we had a nasty experience involving a beef hot pot. The selection of 'restaurants' near our home stay was fairly limited so when we saw a picture of a delicious bubbling pot of beefy goodness, we got excited! Despite it being the most expensive thing we've eaten in a loooong time (£4.44), it turned out to be heart, stomach, tongue and something else we're not sure about. Absolutely hideous. But we were hungry so we ate it!!
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  • Day116

    Forget yesterday, today was the hardest

    November 23, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Some great scenery today as we walked the bike up most of the hills. It was far too hot to cycle even by 8 am. The bike app said we did 2500 meters of vertical today (I think that sounds too much) but anyway sounds impressive!! We're going through about 6 litres of water every 4 hours.

    We stopped for lunch by a huge waterfall which we should have gone for a swim in but we were more interested in eating and drinking (water!).Read more

  • Day114

    Hoi an

    November 21, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    A hotel with a pool for nine pounds a night was a real treat! We had the best food here we have had in Vietnam I think. Quite touristy. But it means you get food without any bones in it!!

  • Day112

    Hai Vân

    November 19, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Just got to the north side of the Hai Van pass which is meant to be a spectacular road to drive, it goes up to about 500 meters on the coast so hopefully the weather will be good tomorrow. After 70km this morning we thought we'd stop and stay the night here before we tackle this, then it's on to Hoi An.Read more