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Old 04-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #31
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My question was soon answered: that road was being sealed or something was being done to it and it was covered with half-fist sized rocks similar to the ballast you get on train tracks. It was quite tricky, esp considering I've only been riding a bike for 7 months.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:16 AM   #32
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Here's my bike on one of the few bits which were regular dirt, rather than that railway ballast. The thing on the right is a small brick works. I think this may have been a newish road, it wasn't on the map and I got a GPS track through the middle of nowhere.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:19 AM   #33
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:24 AM   #34
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I arrived in Tra Vinh with a splitting headache - I think I didn't drink enough water and I was riding all day and it was hot, maybe 35 Celsius.

Does anyone else get headaches when riding when it is hot?

Anyway I passed out on the bed and woke up at about 9pm then went out for dinner.... pho again.

Next morning I checked out the temple in the middle of town:
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:25 AM   #35
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:26 AM   #36
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:36 AM   #37
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Does anyone else get headaches when riding when it is hot?

Anyway I passed out on the bed and woke up at about 9pm then went out for dinner.... pho again.
Yup and a little nausea to go with it. Sounds like you had a touch of heat stroke. I don't go anywhere with out my Camel Back anymore.


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Old 04-07-2008, 09:39 AM   #38
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:40 AM   #39
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I'm definitely enjoying your report.

I've got a suggestion though. Instead of just attaching one picture to each post, you could sign up for www.smugmug.com and hot link multiple images in each post. BTW, smugmug is owned by the same guys that run this site. See my sig for a $5 coupon code off if you want to sign up for an account.

There is always photobucket too, but I like supporting this site.

Either way, keep up the great ride report.

This thread will tell you how to link your images in your posts.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:40 AM   #40
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Wow, great write up. I spent about 3 weeks in thailand about 5 years ago, but not by bike. These photos remind me to revisit my pics. Keep it coming.
Yeah I had a touch of heat-stroke a few weeks ago in Guatemala. Water intake is very important and like a sun-burn it will sneak up on you. Be careful and drink a lot of water.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:42 AM   #41
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Thanks Josh

I really appreciate the pics. Still have fond memories of riding Peugeot and TWN 2-strokes around Saigon back in '66. Had to get a civilian license - it was printed on cheap cardstock - wish that I had the foresight to have it laminated.

Many good memories - need to go back for a visit.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:44 AM   #42
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Thanks for the smugmug referral. I may ride HCMC-Hanoi soon, so I might use that if I do a new trip report.

Meantime here is another girl on a bike in HCMC.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:53 AM   #43
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Now in the Mekong Delta, there are a lot of Khmers - ethnic Cambodians. Parts of Cambodia are only about 40km from HCMC - actually last weekend I went on a ride and went to a small border crossing on a backroad between Vietnam and Cambodia. I passed about 50 water buffalo on the road there and the border was just an open boom gate with some sleepy soldiers in a building nearby. They let me go a few feet over the border into Cambodia - my first unofficial border crossing.

Anyway back to the Khmers. If you have been to the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia (and I recommend you go if you haven't been) then this architecture will look familiar, only this is right in Vietnam:
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:57 AM   #44
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:01 AM   #45
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Bird flu aka H5N1 is an occasional problem in Vietnam. Although I've never heard firsthand of any infected humans or infected chickens. And everybody still eats chicken.
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