it turns out, the group got lost leaving Qui Nhon and the bus makes
it to the top of Cu Mong pass minutes before Carol and Horst come
flying over the top. It was to be wonderful ride - all on dry roads
with several scenic passes, coconut-palm fringed villages, and coastline.
We also had unusually light traffic with another day of strong tailwinds
so everyone was able to stop frequently and meet people along the
way and explore things that caught their eye. Strong gusts pushed
our bikes to speeds approaching that of the scooters which amazed
many a scooter driver. Neil, having cycled twice the day before
for a total of about 90 miles looked like he could barely keep his
head up, but pressed on without complaint.
stopped cycling in Tam Ky for lunch and a shower and climbed on
the bus for a few hours drive to Nha Trang -- "The Waikiki
of Vietnam." Like every city we had passed through, Nha Trang
was devoid of travelers and our hotel restaurant which is usually
bustling this time of year was deserted. What to do in a beach town
swirl of clouds that has spun between the coast of Vietnam and the
Phillipines over the South China Sea for the last two months does
not fade and our two days in Nha Trang are spent under cloudy skies
with a cool, driving wind. Nevertheless, everyone gets out to explore
the town on Bike, foot and cyclo. Tim and Barbara decide to relax
on a beachfront patio, but a freak wave spills up onto the patio
drenching them in seawater. Barbara laughs that it was the first
day her shoes had been dry since Hanoi
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.
Trang on a sunny day, which is to say not during our stay. Still,
Nha Trang has wide boulevards and a long prominade for great biking.
usually guides trekking or motorcycle tours but was a good spirit
and got on the bike for a few days.
Hai Yen Bungalows next to our hotel along the beachfront. Nha Trang
has seen a lot of new hotels in recent years, but the older ones
have much more charm.
try his first piece of pizza which he was nice enough to act like
he enjoyed. He then immediately ordered the dish in the next frame.
Thom, a Chinese shrimp rice noodle soup. Nha Trang has excellent
seafood, including crab, grilled fish, squid and lobster. Tropical
fruit shakes are also popular.