Total Distance to Date: 107.30km
Total Time to Date: 6 hours, 8 minutes
So you’d think that after riding over 60km yesterday (the first time I’ve ever been so far on a bike), I’d have been exhausted, right?
Well, I can forgive you for thinking such a preposterous thing. I can’t however hold back from a little complaint about HOW TIRED I WAS WAKING UP ON DAY TWO AFTER NOT SLEEPING WELL! But I’ll get back to this later…
Thankfully, day two was a nice short one of about 40km, and all along a flat stretch of highway into Hai Phong – the gateway to Cat Ba Island.
Here’s the stats for Day Two:
Riding Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
Average Speed: 16.2 km/h
Average Temperature: 26°C
Overall day two made me realise a couple of things.
Firstly, I desperately need to get off these main roads – it’s terrifying AND dirty! So while I’m in Cat Ba, I’ll be planning out my route for the next few weeks with the aim of doing just that (it’ll probably mean some terrible hills in my future though).
My second realisation was one most people travelling through Vietnam have – I just want to get what I’m paying for and not be ripped off. Basically I had a pretty sucky time getting the boat across to Cat Ba. I was offered a “fast boat” which was actually as slow as you can get (three hours). On top of that, I was paying more than double the local price, with an additional fee for my bike (said fee also being higher than a locals price).
Frustrations were high given my exhaustion (told you I’d get back to it), and with the heat beating down today, I’d had enough!
But now I’m thankfully settled in to my little (amazingly cheap) hostel in Cat Ba Town and ready for the next few days of relaxation by the beach.
Stay tuned for some Cat Ba adventures coming your way soon!
Read about the full journey of cycling Vietnam here.
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