Leg No. 1: Mống Cái-
The town Mống Cái, itself, is situated at the border of Vietnam and China. There is a gate, Việt-
You will leave Mống Cái and bike on Highway 18 toward the towns of Quảng Hà, Ðầm Hà and Tiên Yên. This is the beginning leg of the Mống Cái to Cà Mau cycling route. Start out this leg at a leisure pace with the emphasis on becoming acquainted with traveling on the road and acclimatizing your body to the weather conditions. Be aware that riding on the highway of Vietnam includes sharing the road with others. This includes pedestrians and animals in addition to motor vehicles.
Highway 18 from Mống Cái to Tiên Yên lies in the province of Quang Ninh. The road is narrow, windy, and often times hilly. The surrounding, however, is lushed with vegetation and sparsely populated. Because there is no major town between these two towns, be extra careful when riding on the road. The motor drivers tend to drive faster since the road is less congested. To avoid mishaps, stay close to the edge of the road so that the motor vehicles can easily pass around you.
Tiên Yên is a small, quiet town. The river of Tiên Yên runs through it. Since the ride is a short 85 km, you will have time to take a stroll around town before night falls. There is an indigenous band of people that live in and around this town. You will easily noticed them by their brightly color clothes. A small bustling market lies at the heart of the town. The eating and drinking places in this town are small and carried with them a rustic, home-