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 two hours.
As we left the AH17 the road got significantly smaller but was still busy. Thankfully as we ducked off to towards the ferry things got a bit less dusty and chaotic. As we headed ever closer to Ho Chi Minh City we both commented on the roads becoming eerily quiet and we soon realised why. A government roadblock meant we had to double back which added a bit of distance to the ride. As we approached the ferry we stopped for a spot of lunch which seemed to be a bit of a hotspot for picking up live chickens. Seeing people pull up and stuff them in carrier bags made me realise how easy we have it when we go to the supermarket.
The ferry crossing was a fun little break and left us a short ride into the city. It cost a very reasonable 2k dong (6 pence!).
After leaving the ferry the traffic was noticeably busier but it was actually pretty good fun – Sam and I have become pretty adept at weaving around traffic. We soon entered the city and headed towards the Reunification Palace. We planned to end our trip at this famous building where the north Vietnamese army crashed through the gates in the 1975. As the gates came into view it was a pretty special moment – we rolled up to the gates together and that was that. Caught up in the moment we somehow forgot to take a picture of the moment. However we did do a video blog which captures it pretty well.
We’re now having six nights in Ho Chi Minh City to relax, see the sights and celebrate what we have achieved.