Cycling from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City: part two
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February
My tanned skin and never-seen-the-sun skin are so pronounced that if only I had a bit of sun burn I would look like a tub of Neapolitan ice cream. Two days on a beach has made me 10% less comical-looking.
Thursday 25th February
Just as we set off it started raining.
We got drizzled on, rained on or poured on for two hours. Squelchy shoes, filthy bike, rain in the face. Bleh.
Luckily we could opt to have a short day, and within three and a half hours were in Cam Ranh. We got a bit lost, but as a result stumbled across a really nice hotel.
This hotel was our consolation prize considering the failure that was lunch. After walking for almost half an hour to find a restaurant that was open, we unknowingly picked a “hot pot” restaurant, and not understanding anything on the menu, ended up ordering a tiny portion of some kind of meat. I asked for rice in my best Vietnamese but the proprietor just laughed and shook his head.
We left, having spent an hour ordering, waiting for food and then cooking the tiny and expensive portion we had ordered… and of course we found a bakery with ready-made mini-pizzas and cakes ten metres down the road. Our second lunch was a lot better!
Friday 26th February
This morning Google had improved its forecast slightly, saying that there would be “Showers” all day. We discussed options and Eric did the classic cop out of “It’s up to you”, aka “If it’s the wrong decision, at least it was your wrong decision!” (I know his game.) I decided we would risk it, but sternly said that this was a joint decision. Eric said no it wasn’t.
But then the rain stopped by 8.40. And you know what? It didn’t rain again all day. We played rain roulette and WE WON. Well, technically I won as it was my decision.
I was especially happy because we would be cycling along a particularly beautiful stretch of road today, and I really wanted the visibility to be good.
We had our second puncture today, which was in fact due to our front wheel tyre wearing out. Exactly the same thing happened to our back wheel tyre just a couple of weeks ago. It seems that the Schwalbe Marathons had a shelf life of about 5000 miles for our tandem.
Eric switched the back tyre to the front wheel so that our tough spare tyre could take most of the weight at the back. He’s very good.
Due to the possibility of rain we had decided on another short day, and stopped in a small fishing village called Vinh Hai, which has a very nice resort.