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2003 Cycling Trip (Hà Nội-Sài Gòn)

11/24/2003 marks the beginning of our third trans-Vietnam bike ride.  Three past members signed on for this ride (Tan, Minh, Hung) along with our previous guide (Dinh).  On this ride, we used a road bike, a hydrib (comfort) bike, and a mountain bike.  Our past two trans-Vietnam bike ride have given us invaluable experience on what to expect bike riding through Vietnam.  It has made us more efficient in planning out the route and in carrying items for the trip.  The third trans-Vietnam bike ride followed the same route as the 2002 bike ride, with the exception of the Vinh – Hoanh Son bike leg.  On this leg, instead of staying in the town of Ky Anh, we opted for the beach of Hoanh Son which is a little further down from Ky Anh.

In reflection, the 2003 bike ride was the easiest of the last three rides.  What particularly helped us on this ride was that we didn’t experience the extreme conditions of the previous rides.  The roads were in good condition and we encountered very little rain along the way.  Three bike legs remained challenging because they were long (a century) or hilly (a mile high): Dong Hoi – Hue, Ninh Chu – Da Lat, and Bao Loc – HCM.  These legs, however, were easier to bike due to the better road conditions and good weather.  Another positive note in the 2003 bike ride was that Vietnam hosted Sea Games (a mini-Olympic event for Southeast Asian nations).  We were able to enjoy and cheer along side the locals while biking through the various cities of Vietnam.  Vietnam won most of the games, so the country was in a festive state.  The festivities made us felt close to the country and the people as we were able to participate and cheer in these games with them.  Somewhere along the way, on this ride of 1800 km, we left our hearts in Vietnam.  Future rides are being planned, so we can go back to look for them….to be continued.

Date
(dd-mm-yyyy)

Itinerary

Distance

24/11/2003

Hà Nội-Ninh Bình

97 km (60 miles)

25/11/2003

Ninh Bình-Thanh Hóa

63 km (39 miles)

26/11/2003

Thanh Hóa-Vinh

138 km (86 miles)

27/11/2003

Vinh-Xã Kỳ Nam

127 km (79 miles)

28/11/2003

Xã Kỳ Nam-Đồng Hới

74 km (46 miles)

29/11/2003

Rest day at Đồng Hới


30/11/2003

Đồng Hới-Huế

164 km (102 miles)

01/12/2003

Rest day at Huế


02/12/2003

Huế-Đà Nẵng

106 km (66 miles)

03/12/2003

Rest day at Đà Nẵng


04/12/2003

Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi

130 km (81 miles)

05/12/2003

Quảng Ngãi-Bồng Sơn

90 km (56 miles)

06/12/2003

Bồng Sơn-Quy Nhơn

90 km (56 miles)

07/12/2003

Quy Nhơn-Tuy Hòa

95 km (59 miles)

08/12/2003

Tuy Hòa-Nha Trang

124 km (77 miles)

09/12/2003

Rest day at Nha Trang


10/12/2003

Nha Trang-Ninh Chữ

106 km (66 miles)

11/12/2003

Ninh Chữ-Đà Lạt

113 km (70 miles)

12/12/2003

Rest day at Đà Lạt


13/12/2003

Đà Lạt-Bảo Lộc

111 km (69 miles)

14/12/2003

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.