We made this hill our bitch.
Phong and Zara discover a great energy food: sticks of sugar cane.
From that point on, it seemed like a fairly straightforward ride. It was relatively flat with smooth roads and scenery like this.
It was all going pretty smoothly, until about 10km from the end, when we were faced with the worst road known to man, and we all suddenly got insanely jealous of Corey and Hanneke with their mountain bikes and suspension. The rest of us were slowed to a crawl as we dodged jagged rocks and puddles of mud, all the time watching out for the huge trucks and loose buffalo. And we nearly managed to get all the way through it without any punctures until Sandra's tyre blew up. We finally made it to Vi Ban, which presumably translates as mud town, and settled down in a hotel that would've made Norman Bates proud.
So that was it. The hardest day before Hue, apparently.