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Hunting For Food

I’ve really been looking forward to the food through this region with many local specialties that are hard to find elsewhere.  In the more rural parts of Vietnam we run into the problems of either restaurants always serving exactly the same thing (noodle soup, fried noodles or rice) or us not being able to find the really good places with some more diverse food.  In doing some research, I had Read More...

Central Vietnam

Along with Hanoi, the cities in Central Vietnam were the primary tourist attraction I had wanted to see coming into Vietnam having already been to Saigon about four years ago.  I’m absolutely loving being away from the tourists in small towns and villages as well but I’ve definitely been expecting this portion of the trip to be a highlight.  Basically within about 150km of each other about halfway up the Read More...

Vinh Moc Tunnels

Our long ride from Cu Nam bought us a day off to go explore the Vinh Moc tunnels. This impressive tunnel network was built to avoid the American bombing runs during the Vietnam war. Rather impressively the locals moved their village up to 30 metres underground building bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The tunnels are big in comparison to the more famous Cu Chi tunnels but were still a bit small Read More...

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

We had always planned to take a day off near Son Trach to do a tour of one of Vietnam’s newer tourist attractions, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.  Following a Lonely Planet recommendation, we had chosen to stay at Phong Nha farmstay, near the village of Cu Nam.  While this was fairly pricey by Vietnamese standards, it was an excellent place to have a break from the small Vietnamese Read More...

Hanoi and Halong

Having sadly left the wonders of Thailand behind, we’ve now arrived in Vietnam to resume cycling.  Despite riding for a few days between Bangkok and Hua Hin, it feels like an eternity since we’ve been consistently on the bikes.  Eight weeks of minor overindulgence without significant exercise have definitely taken their toll and I think I’m definitely going to feel it as we push south out of Hanoi.  We’ve had Read More...

Napa Valley

We’d fantasised about cycling to Napa Valley long before the first pedal stroke in Whistler. So even though it’s not on the Pacific Coast route we decided to try and find a way to make it work. This blog post is mainly going to be around our time there but if you’re interested here is the route we planned. Day reports of each section are listed below . Day 1 Read More...

Dune Buggies

One of the many cool things we’ve done on this trip was taking the time out of a day’s ride to hire some dune buggies/quad bikes in the Oregon National Sand Dunes Recreation Area.  This was about 80 km of sand dunes designated as a protected area from development near the southern Oregon border.  The sand dunes were probably 30m high and gave us a great opportunity to have some Read More...

Fishing

It was surrounded by Astoria’s numerous trawlers and fish and chip shops that the idea of a sea fishing trip was first discussed. However, we decided to head to Newport as not only did it have fishing excursions it is also home to the Rogue brewery. We also needed to keep moving after a couple of days in Astoria. After some online research, we opted for the five hour bottom Read More...

Bike and pannier setup

Warning: this post contains some bike geekery. Whilst on the road we’ve been asked fairly regularly about the bikes so I thought I’d do a  detailed post on my bike and pannier setup. We’ve also almost finished the gear list which lists all the things we’re carrying inside the panniers. Sam’s planning on doing another post about his bike selection process so I won’t steal his thunder by talking about Read More...

Settling In..

There were two main doubts I had coming into this trip – camping and cycling (basically the only two activities I’m engaging in for the coming months).  I remember our family going camping at our property in Morgan occasionally, but I can’t really say that I’ve camped a lot in my life.  Apart from Easter 2010 (and festivals which don’t really count), I can’t remember going camping since I was Read More...