Eighteen intrepid cyclists, two courageous guides, three brilliant driver/mechanics, and fifteen days riding endless hills and puddles, winding by rice paddies and shrimp farms, exploring fascinating culture and history, meeting lovely people, enjoying delicious cuisine and unforgettable rides in round bamboo boats and atop reluctant elephants- what a trip!
First two photos are arriving in Hanoi, seeing the bikes, and wondering how we'll ever cross the street!
Photos up through the Sweet Night heart are preparation for the tour in historic Hue.
Nhan holding the sign begins the first ride, and we arrive in UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An to learn how silk is made.
Larry and Nhan make rice paper, and wild doves are tamed:)
After the muddiest ride, we are hosed off from top to toe.
The whole group successfully climbed to a few 10% summits, and meandered through villages with water buffalo, cows, dogs, haystacks, and we rested at coffee breaks and at the end of each day.
The scenic view is from our modern Novotel in beach town Nha Trang, from where we traveled by painted boat to tour an aquarium, of course sit on the aquarium throne, and walk through a delightful village to be rowed in the traditional and wonderful round bamboo boats! Painted stones on rocks and a sad monkey welcomed us to a restaurant on another island for lunch.
After getting our Pedaltours jerseys and posing for a group photo, we rode through beautiful scenery, took a detour to ride elephants through a lake, and arrived in the hill town of Dalat, where we met "royalty" dressed up at the summer palace, toured a crazy house, and continued riding through a gorgeous forest, past goats, cows, rubber trees, dragon fruit, blooming fragrant coffee bushes, and much more. We adored our fearless leaders! We were all sad to end the trip, thugh pleased to arrive at the luxurious Grand Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. What an amazing journey!