next morning we flew down to Hue and approaching Phu Bai Airport
just outside the city could see far and wide the great amount of
water that had flooded the area, even creeping all the way up to
the edge of the runway. Driving into town we could see the rice
fields were badly flooded and mud where the water had risen up over
the road. It was still drizzling in Hue and we were without our
bikes but we rented some rickety one speeds from a local restaurant
and donned some rain covers for a ride around the Imperial Citadel.
I prayed our bikes would show up in the morning or we would have
to wait in Hue until they arrived.
I walked downstairs in the morning there was our drivers, Minh and
Dung unloading 10 beautiful bike boxes from the bus - they had made
it on schedule. Although it was still raining that day, all were
eager to finally get on a bike so we quickly assembled them and
rode out into the lush countryside of Hue seeking the Imperial Tombs,
but finding the real fun was the people along the way who by their
waves and smiles showed none of the hardship they had just been
through. That evening I was told and could see on CNN that the expected
typhoon from the Philippines was just hitting the coast of Vietnam
and we had a good chance of riding into it on the other side of
the Hai Van Pass. After I discussed this at dinner with everyone
I was surprised to find that not only was everyone determined to
ride, but the whole group had opted to "go long" and ride the full
82 miles to Hoi An instead of being shuttled part way.
16-day bicycling tour by twelve Americans and Canadians involved
traveling the length of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon, with plenty
of time to stop and see the uniqueness of the cities and people
along the way. Although cyclists ranged in ability from beginner
to champion racer, all found a way to explore Vietnam at their own
pace and in the best way possible -- as most locals do -- on two
diary was written and updated each day during the trip as it happened
during the tour according to the perspective of the author who makes
no claims of accuracy to the events happening as described herein.
keeps dry as the drizzle continues to fall. Although we heard and
hoped it was clearing, the 10th storm of the season would hit us the
next day and we would see rain for several days more.
or not? A pensive moment for Jim in the courtyard of the newly restored
Morin Hotel on the Perfume River.
bikes delayed from Hue, we rented local one speeds to tool around
town. At least the rain only drizzled as we explored the Imperial
Citadel and the lovely Thien Mu Pagoda on the Perfume River.