Today was a day of superlatives: the longest (so far), the coldest, the wettest and perhaps the weirdest.
As we set off from Dong Hoi on a cold rainy morning knowing we had 99km to cover, it was clear that spirits were not at their highest. But after a hot breakfast of pho, we returned to our much-loved Ho Chi Minh Highway in the hope that we would be inspired by the stunning scenery. Alas, compared to what we've seen so far, the landscape was pretty mediocre.
So, no great scenery and the rain persisted, and after a dead Ipod only 20km in, it was clear this wasn't going to be an enjoyable ride. Later, after stopping for a snack break, my fellow riders recounted some rather horrific encounters with the locals: a male flasher, a man with a shotgun, an intimidating policeman, some idiots on motorbikes playing chicken, and apparently a forest troll.
Today was certainly hard and miserable, but on the bright side we covered nearly 800km and we are all looking forward to cycling to Hue tomorrow, come rain or shine.