Thursday, 21 April 2016

Day 18: Cats and More, as Seen Between Ngọc Hồi and Kon Tum (64 km)

After yesterday's monstrosity, today's 64 kilometers seemed like a walk in the park. Thanks to the shorter day, we met at 7:30 (what Kate considers sleeping in) and did our stretches in the hotel lobby, much to the amusement of the hotel staff. I had a quick spray down thanks to the car wash next to our hotel, mounted DJ Đạp (my onboard speaker) to the handlebars, and away we went.

Hotel View
Getting Limber
DJ Đạp Cranks Out the Tunes All Day Long (Mostly 80's; Music Peaked in the 80's)

About an hour in, a few of us stopped for some sugarcane juice across from a park with a traditional house of the region, a few tanks, and a giant statue. Good stuff.

Do you think they're compensating for something?
The children's playground?

Saigon-bound we went for another hour with gorgeous weather and through endlessly rolling hills before it was time for pit stop #2.

The views are definitely changing, yesterday we were cycling through the jungle.
Đức (our mechanic), being awesome as ever.
Pit Stop #2 Had Cats
Hoa and Rachael Found Another Cat
We cycled into Kon Tum just after noon and then went off to explore the town.

Pretty Flowers Next to Our Hotel
Looks Like Hanoi

Kon Tum Has Quite the Large Market
A Greater Variety of Eggs Than I Thought Possible
Hoa Quả Dầm
Pretending I Can Cook

9 Days to Go,

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