The first day we spent getting out of Guiyang. The national highway was closed because of building works and some of the alternative routes prohibited bicycles. We took then anyway as there didn’t seem to be another way. Finally we left the  [...]
I awoke early and pulled back the curtains to reveal a grey morning. Light rain was creating a pattern of rings on the water gathered on the flat roof of the building next door. When we emerged into the parking lot I shivered slightly in my shorts [...]
The first thing you notice about China is just how big everything is. Mong Cai is a pretty prosperous looking little town there’s obviously plenty of money to be made carrying shit across borders. The buildings are pretty big by Vietnamese s [...]
It was time to bid farewell to Vietnam (for the time being anyway) which apart from a 5 day sojourn to Cambodia had been my home for the past 2 years and 3 months. A place which I have grown to love deeply. How could you not with its winning combi [...]
It was a another dull and grey start to the day. Although at least it wasn’t raining. it was cold though well cool anyway after living in Saigon it was the first I have actually felt chilly in 2 years apart from going to the cinema because f [...]
It was misty as we left Hue the streets were dull and grey and a light drizzle was falling. The ramparts of the fortifications and the famous bridge over the perfume river took on a mystical quality in the fog. Even at this early hour the streets  [...]
It was time to tackle the famed hai van pass . The highest pass on the main north south route to Vietnam. We had a hearty breakfast of the local noodles mi quang and set off to ride through Đà Nẵng. I like the city. It’s big enough to still  [...]
It was peaceful the only sounds the birds twittering in the trees and the wind sighing through the coconut palms . A swallow swoops low over the green paddy field to catch an insect. It was hard to imagine that on this very site something horrible [...]
Dai Lanh to Tuy Hoa 40 km Tuy Hoa to Quy Nhon 105 km Từ Đại Lãnh tới Tuy Hòa 40km Tuy Hòa đến Quy Nhơn 105km We ate a hearty breakfast to prepare ourselves for the rigors to come. And then set off in the early morning sun. At the end of the villag [...]
We rose at dawn as we had a big day ahead of us 100 kilometres to cover to reach Nha Trang and a welcome day off by the beach. We loaded our panniers with all the provisions we purchased the night before and then looked in frustration at all the o [...]
This was the hardest day of the trip so far. We didn’t go very far but there were a lot of hills and it was stinking hot . It started off innocently enough . We set off along the road to Mui Ne. It was beautiful in the early morning light an [...]
Refreshed from a day off we eagerly got back onto the saddle and continued our ride along the coast to Phan Thiet. The road was gently undulating with wonderful views down to the ocean and along the pristine coastal environment. There were rolling [...]