Video Blog 18 – The End

The last few kilometres of our little bike ride.

Cycling Day 87 – Ba Ria to Ho Chi Minh City

So here we are – the final day of our little bike ride. It felt a bit weird doing our final pannier pack up this morning. Similarly to the last couple of days we had a straightforward 80km ride into the centre of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The weather was surprisingly overcast with a slight south easterly wind which made progress quick. We’d polished off 40k in well under Read More...

Cycling Day 86 – La Gi to Ba Ria

Today was the penultimate day of riding in Vietnam and it feels like we are just going through the motions a bit as the last few days are over fairly unremarkable terrain.  We did have a fun night last night watching a football match with some locals in a cafe and getting involved in a bit of impromptu karaoke when an older chap pulled out his guitar.  With slightly cloudy Read More...

Cycling Day 85 – Phan Thiet to La Gi

After our epic day from the mountains to the coast we enjoyed having a couple of days off in Mui Ne. Mui Ne claims to be one, if not the, premier beach destination in Vietnam. The marketing team there have done a good job – the beach at the centre of the resort is small and under water for most of the day. They also earn extra bonus points for making Mui Ne the destination when the main Read More...

Cycling Day 84 – Dalat to Phan Thiet

This day of the trip was always the one with the most uncertainty as to what we would do.  Once we had decided to come into the mountains instead of following the coast, we had a few options.  In the original plan, we were going to skip Dalat and just follow Highway 20 straight into Ho Chi Minh City.  We decided that Dalat was worth a visit however, so included Read More...

Cycling Day 83 – Dinh Van to Dalat

Feeling surprisingly fresh after yesterdays epic day, we headed out of Dinh Van and were soon into the climb up to Dalat.  There were a couple of different roads up to Dalat but we’d decided to come in from the west and then leave on a different road after our New Year celebrations. We’d planned our rides over the last week so that we could bring in 2014 at 1500m. The gradient varied between 3 and Read More...

Video Blog 16 – Top of the mountain

Just a quick video we made at the top of the mountain soon after passing Dam Rong.

Cycling Day 82 – Lien Son to Dinh Van

Today was a day we had been somewhat saving ourselves for, with a rest day and a fairly straightforward day leading up to it.  From looking at other people’s elevation profiles and maps, we had seen that the route was not only over 100km long, but had several long sustained climbs to make things even harder.  Our original plan had us splitting the day up by staying in the amusingly Read More...

Cycling Day 81 – Boun Ma Thout to Lien Son

With tomorrows monster day from Lien Son to Dinh Van at the back of our minds, we set ourselves an easy target today. Lien Son is only 50k away from Boun Ma Thout so we were in no rush. However, as we grabbed our bikes from hotel security Sam soon realised his back tyre was flat again. This delayed us slightly as Sam hunted for the cause – a metal nail was Read More...