Distance 57 miles
Alarm was set for 4.15 am, woke up drenched in sweat, our room & room next door had no electricity so that meant getting dressed & organised by the light of a head torch. We were on the road by 6.30 am and the first part of the ride took us down the village byways again, where we struck the school run. Mopeds & bikes loaded with kids! All of whom shout hello & wave. The landscape had changed from yesterday’s jungle to rice paddy fields, more farming, lots of ducks & every family seem to have at least a couple of cows.
However after the first rest stop we left the calm of the rural roads and hit the highway to Can Tho. The road was long, straight, hot & busy, before we had encountered the occasional car or small lorry, but the highway was busy with every kind of traffic that weaved its way around us and the mopeds.
The saving grace was the rolling water stops, where apart from filling up your water bottles, you could plunge your helmet & neck buff into iced water. Many of us squished ice cubes into our helmets, cleavage or wrapped them into our neck buffs.
Our day started so early that we had lunch at 10.30 – 11 am. The food at the roadside restaurants has been amazing, so tasty & plentiful, and many have hammocks in the shade where we can relax & bring body temperature down.
After lunch we had a 25 k straight run to the final snack/rest stop. The road was hot and seemed to stretch ahead forever, it would certainly give the Romans a run for their money in the straight road stakes. The road was bordered with electricity wires, which were covered in large spider webs with huge spiders at their centre. There were literally thousands of them strung between the cables.
As we headed into the final third of the ride we had 2 challenges to overcome, the Can Tho bridge and Can Tho city traffic.
The 2.75 km bridge rises steeply over the Hau river and is filled with city traffic, once we had crossed the bridge, we had a few kilometre run through the City to our hotel. Although tired, this cycle got the adrenaline pumping, it was exhilarating. Weaving through rush hour traffic with thousands of mopeds, plus lorries, cars & pedestrians. Four way junctions were a chaotic yet orderly free for all. There is no road rage here, as the traffic dodges, weaves & ducks, no cross words, even the hooting is done in a friendly manner, it means, ‘Just to let you know, I am here’, rather than ‘Getout of my way now.’
We all arrived at the hotel buzzing with the excitement of it.
Sadly in the chaos I didn’t press the record button hard enough on the camera, but hoping other women had bettter luck as traffic had to be seen to be believed.
So Day 2 complete. Few photos but no time to edit video as 4.45 am start tomorrow.