Dien Bien Phu to Tuan Gaio – 73 km

This day started with a climb to a pass.

Great vistas throughout the day. Lots of rice paddies and people so friendly.  There is a new phenominum in Vietnam that we did not see in Laos.  We have to shake the hands of a lot of locals.  Almost every stop we are treated with a handshake.  We passed many tribal villages.

First impressions of the northern parts of Vietnam.  The people are the most friendly we have ever seen in all our cycle travels. As a nation they are far more advanced and industrious than their Laotian neighbours.  They utilize their farming land much more efficiently and we are starting to see some automation in the fields and processing of the crops.

 

Click here to view a video of a celebration we attended.

Click here to view a video of our ride out of Dien Bien Phu

We did a 30 km climb today. If you want to know what it is like, strap 50 pounds of luggage to your bike and ride from Peterborough to Lakefield and back. Oh yah the killer is it is like riding the pitch from Hunter and Roger street to the Westclox.  Some of that ride would be less steep, say the ride up Weller street to the hospital.

 

Bye for now

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