Day 7 began overcast but dry, which left everyone in good spirits. Chris G. gave a rousing sendoff to Bekah Round, who was being taken to the Dong Hoi airport, before we headed off for a 70km cycle to Quy Dat, a new stop on the H2H route. The first roughly 50km were through familiar territory though, as we headed to Dong Le, a good lunch stop.
We stayed on the beautiful Ho Chi Minh Highway for a bit before turning off onto a smaller, but very fun, road. We raced over the undulating hills through scruffy villages with little traffic on the road. A tough climb about 26km in got everyone's legs burning, but the view at the top was worth it.
Everyone was a bit shaken, but we saddled up and decided to stick together. The rest of the ride was challenging but gorgeous. We knew there were two more climbs, and they were tough, although the following downhills were adrenaline-fueled rushes.
Words & pictures by Mike Tatarski