Leg No. 2: Mỹ Tho-
This leg has three ferry crossings. First, you will leave the city Mỹ Tho, and travel to a ferry crossing (Ferry Rạch Miễu) that will take you across Rạch Miễu River (*). Once across the river, you will bike South on Highway 60 through a small town, Ben Tre. After Bến Tre, you will make another ferry crossing (Ferry Hàm Luông) to cross Hàm Luông River and continue biking South on Highway 60 untill you reach the bank of Cổ Chiên River. There, the third ferry crossing awaits you. This ferry crossing is rather confusing if you follow the Viet Nam's 07 map. There is purported large ferry crossing shown on the map, but will not be seen once you get there. Rather, a smaller ferry terminal, about 8 km away can be found. This ferry terminal is not displayed on the map, and to get there, you have to go through a small dirt road not accessible by large automobiles. Additionally, the ferry itself will not transport large automobiles because it is too small. If you travel with van support, you may have to make other plans for crossing this river or contact the City of Mỹ Tho Department of Transportation to find out the operational status of the shown ferry terminal.
A note of caution regarding Highway 60 is that we saw many remnants or marks of accidents that occurred on this highway. They do raise a sense of alert regarding safety. The white chalks left on the roads serve as reminder that accidents are a commonplace on the roads. While we share this highway with other vehicles, we are constantly on alert of its dangers. Safety is always the first priority of any bike ride.
Trà Vinh is a small and quiet town. The noise and bustle of TP HCM are not found here. In Trà Vinh, you find many extraordianry temples of the Khmer or Chàm people. Take time to visit those beautiful temples.
(*) From 1/19/2009, you can only cross this river by a newly constructed bridge "Cầu Rạch Miễu". This ferry is no longer operated.