Today was a "short" day of cycling, "just" 55km of cycling, so we treated ourselves to a lie in at the very posh hotel we stumbled upon in some tiny town before we headed onward for breakfast. Of course, when you are burning upwards of 2000 calories a day cycling, you need to get those calories back in some how, so before breakfast, I had "pre-breakfast."
|Peanut butter comes before clothes. Eating it straight up, using the lid as a vessel to transfer sustenance from container to mouth.|
I've also learned that it's important to have a stash of snacks at the ready. One also needs back-ups to replace the primary snacks when they've been depleted. Thanks to our sponsors at Nutrition Depot who provided us with "Oh Yeah!" protein bars, one went in the shirt back pocket. I also readied snacks in both the DHL van that stays at the front of our cycling caravan and more snacks were placed in Mr. Cường's Party Van at the rear.
A few times I've heard our drivers muttering "luôn luôn ăn" (he's always eating) when they see me rummaging through the vans for food.
|These things are essentially candy, but with protein. So good.|
|Notice the plastic bag full of snacks.|
|Wheels, water, and SNACKS!|
Most of the team grabbed breakfast at a bò né place we had visited for dinner the night before. This dish is essentially Vietnamese steak and eggs, and at $1.35 a serving, we were happy to have it two meals in a row.
|Hoa, Mike, Damo and Rachael tucking in.|
|Two sides of ngô chiên bơ, please. (Corn deep fried in butter.)|
|Justin stuffing his bread with meaty goodness.|
|Please contact my agent with modeling opportunities.|
|Doing our best flying-V. (You may notice that I am still eating in this photo.)|
|Getting closer to lunchtime... and Hưởng Khê!|
Upon arriving at the hotel in Hưởng Khê, I rewarded myself with some celebratory pistachios before a few of us went to get some fried chicken next to the lake for lunch.
|Salt and pepper pistachios!|
|Fried Chicken and Mango|
|Wash it down with some fresh sugarcane juice.|
|Hoa, Rachael, Tony and Damo eating their protein to get those sick cycling gains.|
|We ordered a single beer. They brought us a pitcher. One pitcher became three.|
|Almost finished with today's marathon of eating.|
|From left to right: mixed chè, sticky rice with ice cream, and corn chè.|
|Two of our support staff joined us for the lake-side dessert.|
All in all, it was a good day of eating. The cycling was nice too. :-P
Six days down, twenty-one to go,