Cycling Day 77 – Plei Can to Kon Tum
Today was a fairly straightforward ride in theory but some unexpected strong winds and fierce sunshine made things a little tougher. Also since leaving Hoi An, I’ve noticed that my stomach has been growling and my energy levels are a little inconsistent throughout the day. Although i’m not certain of the cause I suspect the limited eating in the evening and during rides, hasn’t helped. As you can imagine cycling for a few hours each day gives you a fairly healthy appetite so I’ve decided to eat more snacks like bananas, nuts etc.
The terrain was pretty rolling today and had several rough and pot-holed sections of road – definitely not one for super skinny tyres. Perhaps the endless buses on this road are to blame for the rough road – they drive like lunatics. If they’re not driving too fast and pulling out into oncoming traffic they’re honking incessantly. One such driver got a piece of my mind as he cut a corner at speed – though of course he was honking and driving too fast to notice my hand gestures and swearing.
The most unusual sight of the day occurred as we approached Kon Tum. We saw a couple of guys stop their moped and bundle a dog into a carrier bag. The poor little fella was probably tonights supper – we saw plenty of ‘thit cho’ advertised as we entered Kon Tum.
Thankfully we managed to avoid eating dog and instead headed for a goat restaurant listed in lonely planet. BBQ goat is pretty tasty 🙂
We decided to stay in a new hotel that was a bit out of the way. We’d been recommended it by an Easy Rider in Kham Duc. We walked around the village before heading out for dinner and were greeted by most of the local villages inhabitants.