Total Distance to Date: 1,724.64km
Total Time to Date: 97 hours, 39 minutes
I realised something today. The heat I’m getting here in the south of Vietnam is actually seriously intense while I’m on the bike.
Riding along a wide, open road, with the full force of the sun on me is exhausting!
So today, when I stepped outside my hotel and found the sky blissfully covered in a blanket of clouds as far as the eye could see, I gave myself a little congratulatory “yes” and sent a happy text to my sister to tell her the good news.
So here’s the stats* from day 27:
Riding Time: 3 hours, 12 minutes
Average Speed: 19.1 km/h
Average Temperature: 31°C
With the clouds giving me a refreshing reprieve from the sun, I was able to get back into the rhythm of riding and was flying along the road today. I even started playing a little game with myself to see how fast I could get. If anyone is wondering, I clocked just over 30km/h when the road was pretty flat (there may have been the slightest decline). After that though, I was pretty tired again!
But, I shouldn’t complain.
As I ride across this country, I see so many Vietnamese people at work. Things are a lot more manual here than they are at home. I even saw some cow-drawn carriages (yes, cow) when I started riding today. I’ve seen this every so often and it just reminds me how Vietnam is still developing.
In particular, farming seems to be very manual. It’s a strange occurrence if I see any machinery at work in the fields I’m riding past. More often than not, I see a man leading a water buffalo (although today was a pair of cows) and plowing his land.
I also have regular sightings of women in these fields. They’re always covered in clothes (to hide from the sun), standing in water that reaches their knees, but working hard to ensure a good crop. I’m always so impressed with these women. Whatever they’re doing, it always looks like some seriously hard work.
And so it gives me a little encouragement to keep going. If it came down to it, I’d much rather be on my bike than in those fields!
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!