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2002 Cycling Trip (Hà Nội-Sài Gòn)

11/11/2002 marks the second trans-Vietnam bike ride.  Four members signed on for the ride (Tan, Minh, Ky, Hung) accompanied by a guide (Dinh).  On this ride, we utilized two road bikes and two mountain bikes.  From experience gained on the last ride, we decided to shorten our biking legs and stayed in cities that can accommodate us along the way.  Instead of going with van support, we decided to carry all our carry-on items with us on bike.  The guide followed us on motor bike and served as mechanic and logistical support.  We planned our routes from Hanoi to Saigon and travelled through three different highways in Vietnam (Highway 01, Highway 20, and Highway 27) to get to our final destination.  We crossed numerous hills and mountains including Ðèo Ngang, Phú Gia, Phước Tượng, Hải Vân, Ðèo Cả, Ngoạn Mục, Ðran, Phú Hiệp, và Ðèo Chuối.

The 2002 trans-Vietnam bike ride was especially memorable to us.  This ride marked the first ride that we biked the entire distance from Hanoi to Saigon.  We accomplished this feat with one back-up support guide and on fully loaded panniers.  The natural elements we encountered on this ride were truly unforgettable.  Up North, we rode in mornings through thick, dense fog side by side with locals on their ways to work.  From Hue to Nha Trang, since it rained, we rode our bikes all day in the rain.  Down South, we rode up the mountains of highland Vietnam that are a mile high from sea level.  Riding with the locals through these elements provide us with the glimpse of the daily travel mode of life in Vietnam.  This experience gave us a deeper understanding and appreciation of the people who worked and traveled the roads of Vietnam.  After twenty days on the road and covering 1800 km (1126 miles), we made it to HCM City; it was truly an amazing journey.

Date
(dd-mm-yyyy)

Itinerary

Distance

11/11/2002

Hà Nội-Ninh Bình

97 km (60 miles)

12/11/2002

Ninh Bình-Thanh Hóa

63 km (39 miles)

13/11/2002

Thanh Hóa-Vinh

138 km (86 miles)

14/11/2002

Vinh-Thị trấn Kỳ Anh

104 km (65 miles0

15/11/2002

Thị trấn Kỳ Anh-Đồng Hới

97 km (60 miles)

16/11/2002

Đồng Hới-Huế

164 km (102 miles)

17/11/2002

Rest day at Huế


18/11/2002

Rest day at Huế


19/11/2002

Huế-Đà Nẵng

106 km (66 miles)

20/11/2002

Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi

130 km (81 miles)

21/11/2002

Quảng Ngãi-Bồng Sơn

90 km (56 miles)

22/11/2002

Bồng Sơn-Quy Nhơn

90 km (56 miles)

23/11/2002

Quy Nhơn-Tuy Hòa

95 km (59 miles)

24/11/2002

Tuy Hòa-Nha Trang

124 km (77 miles)

25/11/2002

Rest day at Nha Trang


26/11/2002

Nha Trang-Ninh Chữ

106 km (66 miles)

27/11/2002

Ninh Chữ-Đà Lạt

113 km (70 miles)

28/11/2002

Rest day at Đà Lạt


29/11/2002

Rest day at Đà Lạt


30/11/2002

Đà Lạt-Bảo Lộc

111 km (69 miles)

01/12/2002

Bảo Lộc-Sài Gòn

185 km (115 miles)

Distance From Ha noi to HCM City is 1813 km (1127 miles); Divided into 16 stages, Completed in 21 days.