Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Moc Chau, Vietnam- mile 938
This post is from March 7, 2017.
We made 71 miles today so this town. We had real Vietnamese baguette for breakfast but from a small vendor off the street. They were $0.10 each. we also bought two cartons of soy milk each and drank that as there was really no other breakfast to be had and that was enough. My cough is probably slightly better today. The first 60 miles of biking were pretty flat and fast and that went easily however the last 10 miles were a steady uphill 10 mile climb which took a lot out of Paul. We ended up at about 800 m above sea level or 2700 feet and both Ray and I were a bit cold. It was cloudy all day today and we were a little bit afraid of rain and by climbing to this altitude the temperature is on the cool side for the little clothing that we have. We are hoping that any rain holds off for another 2 to 3 days so we can get to Hanoi without biking in the rain.
We get the impression that we are gradually leaving the mountains and entering bigger and longer valleys as we get closer to Hanoi so that should make. It is clear that we are getting closer to ever more densely populated areas. There are basically people and buildings on either side of the road almost constantly now. From a practical standpoint one of the biggest impacts of this is that it is difficult to find a secluded spot in which to pee!
These are shots taken about three quarters of the way up the big climb at the end of the day:
This is our location as of tonight:
We are about 120 miles from downtown Hanoi now.