Crazy Vietnam

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Another big day down the coast of Vietnam (though strangely I’ve only had one glimpse of the sea). 147Km to be exact. Today was mostly flat, with only a headwind in the afternoon to contend with. I’m really enjoying the time in the saddle (almost 8 hours today), and the delights that the main highway A1 in Vietnam have to offer. It’s what can be carried on the back of a scooter that amazes me the most. I’ve seen, strapped to the back of a motorbike:

A bundle of chickens (alive as well as dead)
A 6 foot mirror
A 20 foot bamboo pole
2 mattresses
A kitchen sink (yes really)
A pig. A live one. Just to prove it I have a picture for you.

Pigs might fly... Not this one though.  He's tied down!

Pigs might fly… Not this one though. He’s tied down!

I have made it down to Dong Hoi, stopping about 4.30pm and had some dinner with a German/English couple as well as an English/Vietnamese couple – the first white people I have seen for several days. I think tomorrow I’ll take it slightly easier as I’ve had a couple of big days in a row now (I’ve also passed the 2000km mark).

I watched this guy drive over several hundred cans dozens of times  with his van while I stopped for a coffee.  Who needs a can crusher when you have a van!!

I watched this guy drive over several hundred cans dozens of times with his van while I stopped for a coffee. Who needs a can crusher when you have a van!!

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4 responses »

  1. “140km a day is normal” wow jock that’s a good effort! I actually quite like ur style of writing! It’s comedy…. U could do a stand up show about ur trip when u get back! Keep up the good work it’s inspirational!

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