First thank you to the 68 folks who have signed up for my blatherings, yesterday I had 158 views although Scarpa might not be to happy that my 40 days of wear post is still gaining lots of views per day
Well I finally managed to warm up in my lovely silk sleeping bag inner from my China visit 🙂 and get a good nights sleep.
Today was a rain rest day, cloudy & overcast with many puddles but no wet from the sky. I decided to miss Highway 1 and using Gaia & Open Street Map I found a gorgeous route following the coast on totally traffic free roads with delightful villages full of friendly folks. The Water buffalo is still in extensive use both for ploughing and as a general run about with a cart attached. In fact I saw no motors in the fields at all. Stopping at a market in Cuong Gian I was reminded of Doc Searls famous quote “markets are conversations” as I was immediately swamped with onlookers babbling away 🙂
I stopped for lunch in Ha Tinh, a prosperous little town. Mt new found skill of pointing to the things I like hit a major downside as the guy obviously thought I wanted it all! My, what a spread it was too, totally delicious & it only came to £3 🙂 Everyone was so friendly so a delightful experience. I must say my stomach thoroughly approves of the food here 🙂
The afternoon was spent down Highway 1 it’s in better shape on this stretch & quite enjoyable at times. Especially seeing the bane of my travels, the red buses, having to negotiate around a herd of cows who wandered on the road without a care in the world.
I called it a day in Ky Anh when I saw THe Ngoal Thoong Hotel especially when the receptionist could speak decent English!
Today was 69 miles ( Strava – includes some walking around town). Here is the stats.
and the pics of the day are here
your stomach approving of the food is maybe because your actually feeding it …… 🙂 So glad you had a better weather day and loved getting a tour round the market on facetime 🙂