Paul and Ray arriving at Black Sea in 2012

Paul and Ray arriving at Black Sea in 2012
Paul and Ray at end of 1,600km ride from Budapest to Black Sea in 2012

Monday, March 6, 2017

Son La, Vietnam- mile 867

This post is from March 6, 2017. 

We got started later than normal today. We did not start biking until about 9:20. This was largely due to the exceptionally delicious and good breakfast that we had in the hotel restaurant this morning and also the fact that we thought we were only going to do 40  miles today. As it turns out, this town that we wanted to go to was actually 50 miles away so we did not get here until a little after 3 o'clock, and that included only two short 10 minute breaks for drinks and energy. Shortly after leaving the town this morning we started a 10 mile long climb that gained about 2700 feet of elevation with grades between four and 10%. That one climb took me over two hours of nonstop grinding uphill. Ray was nice enough to stay behind me the whole way but he could've gotten that over much much faster. During the day we saw some interesting scenery:

This was a break for fresh-pressed sugar cane juice:

This is our location as of tonight:

My cough and breathing were definitely not worse today. I only need to keep things together for another 4 to five days since we are only 200 miles from downtown Hanoi right now

This is the sign for our hotel tonight:

This little critter was right on the main street of the town as we walked to a restaurant:

Our restaurant was actually pretty western style and we had spaghetti for supper and they had karaoke so Ray gave a one song performance:

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