Cycling Day 79 – Pleiku to Ea Drang
Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas.
Waking up on Christmas day to go on a bike ride was pretty unusual but it turned out to be a great day. Last night Sam was on the hunt for some local cuisine and bumped into a local called Vu (surname Ho rather fittingly :D). Sam and Vu got chatting about cycle touring and it turns out it’s something Vu has always wanted to do. We arranged to meet up for breakfast, talk cycling and let Vu show us some of Pleiku’s highlights.
Sam has posted a detailed review of the tasty Pho Ko we had for breakfast at a local hotspot so I won’t go into it here but in essence it was one our culinary highlights.
After breakfast we visited Vu’s families café for a excellent Vietnamese coffee before heading back to the hotel to pack. Vu’s family also own a coffee farm which was conveniently located on our route so we arranged to meet there.
We met Vu after about 10km who escorted us to the plantation. They had just harvested the coffee and were in the process of drying it out. Being a keen coffee drinker it was particularly interesting and a little surprising to see the origins of my regular cappuccino.
After a few laughs at the height of my saddle and Vu taking Sams bike for a test ride (he could barely touch the pedals on mine :D) we said our goodbyes and headed off towards Ea Drang.
We were running a little behind, especially with 90km left to do, but rode a bit harder than usual to make sure we got there before sunset. We made it with 45 minutes to spare with a few hills, dodgy potholed roads and baking sunshine slowing us down a little.
After checking into a guest house we headed out to find some food. There weren’t a lot of options but we managed to secure some com ga (chicken with rice) which was ok but no match for a home cooked Christmas dinner.
Thanks again Vu for your hospitality and good luck with your cycling dream.