Total Distance to Date: 1,979.15km
Total Time to Date: 111 hours, 9 minutes
It was a long one today! Like I said yesterday, I was going further today, to make sure that tomorrow is going to be an easy one… Still, I hadn’t expected 100km to pass under the wheels, but so it did. And here I am now, just 60km from Ho Chi Minh City – the adventure is nearly complete.
Here’s the stats* from day 30:
Riding Time: 5 hours, 0 minutes
Average Speed: 20.0 km/h
Average Temperature: 35°C
Given the struggles I had riding yesterday, and knowing I wanted to go further today, I had to come up with a little plan to make sure I made it. This became even more important when the ride today was going to remove my opportunity to give up and get the hydrofoil from Vung Tau. So, I knew I had about 90km (or so I’d thought) to do. I decided I’d be extra kind to myself and break every 15km, and I made sure I stuck with it. On top of that, while I was in La Gi, I stocked up on bread rolls and biscuits, and bought a tonne of water. I was set.
And you know what, it seems to have worked!
The heat was already hitting me from around 9am, and felt a little unbearable from about 11am, but given the rests I kept having that came around every 40 to 50 minutes, I was able to cope pretty well. It almost seemed easy to just keep going! If only I could’ve done 160km in one day – it would’ve been epic!
I also met a fellow cycling tourer today – he stumbled across me as I was sitting beside the road for my first little break, and joked about me having “lunch” at 7:30 in the morning. Honestly, I think he judged me for taking a break just 15km in, but I don’t even care!
Now that I’m close to the city again, the roads have become wider, smoother and much, much busier. I expect it’s only going to get worse for the next little section, so I’ll have to hold on to this view from today to get me through it I think:
Next time you’ll here from me, the journey will be over. There’s just one more day, and 60km separating me from achieving the goal. How exciting!
Read about the full journey of cycling Vietnam here.
If you’re looking at doing this ride yourself, or just want to delve into the stats a little more, head on over to my Garmin Connect page.
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*I use a Garmin Edge 810 GPS Bike Computer to track my journey – it’s a great little GPS and saves me when I’m lost (most of the time). This link to Amazon is an affiliate link, which means that if you click on it, I’ll receive a little something that helps me keep this blog going (with no impact on you). Thanks for helping to keep the adventure alive!