New Year's Resolution

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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby boomer61 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:56 pm

I recognise the beach and well in the pictures Digger
Say Hi to Bai Xep
We stayed at Haven on recommendation of a friend form Hanoi and had a great time.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:35 pm

I had reluctantly reached Highway 1. I’ve been trying to avoid this road where I can.

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Turn right to go to Hanoi or, in my case, turn left to go to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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Ol’ mate over cooked the corner. This sort of thing scares the bejesus outta me hence my desire to use backroads where I can.


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I did the Vietnam equivalent of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on Wednesday. Some moderate climbs but rewarded with some great ocean views and vistas
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:41 pm

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One of the many fishing communities I went thru during the same day. Some very protected harbours along this coastline


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Here is a picture of a goat, sitting on top of a rock

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A PERSONAL BEST for this trip...that’s flyin’. I overtook a SUV during the descent. The driver was a little surprised lol
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:51 pm

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Had to go back onto Highway One. It was inevitable...if you spend enough time on the roads you’re bound to experience the mayhem that is possible.
Nobody was attempting first aid so I assumed he was already a fatality. He was wearing a helmet but had a wound to his temple


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The ambulance was on his way to another job. He didn’t even check for a pulse. RIP buddy!

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Within 10km I came across this scene. It had obviously been on its side.

I’ll try and stay off this road wherever possible.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Today (Thursday) I arrived at Nha Trang, a major regional city, where I’ll stay for two nights, possibly three.

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Nha Trang traffic on a roundabout.


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This one’s for you Trev, Nha Trang beachfront; about a two minute ride from my hotel.


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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Goldie1 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:54 pm

Digger another good write up with great scenery the country looks amazing but the road carnage looks horrendous probably safer to stay on the out back roads in oz, only gotta worry about Roos,snakes,camels,emus,etc. Stay upright
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Bozo » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:59 pm

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I understand the ABC Bakery in Nha Trang is OK. Seems you might have time for some pastry therapy.
Was the sitting goat a subtle reference to our national parliament which is currently sitting? Please explain.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:57 am

Bozo wrote:Digger
Was the sitting goat a subtle reference to our national parliament which is currently sitting? Please explain.
Bozo

I was actually thinking about what was going thru the goats mind. All the others seem content with standing and grazing. I was left wondering why this goat in particular just wanted to be just that little bit different then the rest. Maybe the view was better from the rock. He seemed happy.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:30 pm

I’ve had 48 hours rest...time to get back in the saddle for the final sprint to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Nha Trang (Beach) skyline looking south

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There is a big contingent of Russian tourists here and the locals make allowances for that

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Ohhh, those Russians!

I’ll continue hugging the coastline which will mean harder going but it will keep me off Highway 1 for the most part.

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Distance cycled to date - 1,624km.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:20 pm

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Had breakfast with ‘Andrew’, a local (Vietnam) Rider a couple of days ago. He was on his way northward to Hanoi.


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I thought I was a tough old bastard. This is his saddle. Anybody who has ridden a bike would know that this would be (extremely) painful for the first three days. After that, your arse become numb to the pain!


Wifi’s playing up...will update more in a day or two.

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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Bozo » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:20 am

Digger
I understand that the Vertu seat is a knock off of the ten times more expensive Tioga Spider Twintail. The sting in the tail is the recommendation by the manufacturer to replace it each year.
Good to see your smiling dial and appreciate the effort you go to to post photos as you go.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:57 pm

Bozo wrote:Digger
The sting in the tail is the recommendation by the manufacturer to replace it each year.
Bozo

Really??? Shampoo manufacturers doubled their income by simply using two words; Rinse, Repeat.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:03 pm

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Coastal routes involves climbing and descending around headland. The steeper the terrain, the tighter the turns (switchbacks).



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I’ve had a tail wind for the last three days (which I expected based on my research)....great boost to my average speed and a welcome change.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:10 pm

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A scene more akin to coastal Oz and not something you would associate with Vietnam...


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They even have their own set of Lancelin dunes that people use for adventure driving...photo taken from about 2 km away.

My journey is coming to an end. I am currently in Phan Thiet where I will catch a train to HCMC for the final 170km. That will save me a lot of misery with increased traffic, congested roads and difficulties with navigation in a very busy city.

Distance cycled to date - 1,930km.

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