Saturday, 25 January 2014

Winding mountain lanes of Northern Vietnam: A Photo Story


Bullet Points:

- We cycled north out of Hanoi eight days ago
- We have cycled on small roads through the mountain country of the far northern provinces of Vietnam: Thai Nguyen, Bac Can, Cao Bang and Ha Giang.
- We are now in Ha Giang town, and will head west towards Sapa and Dien Bien Phu.

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Day Two and the quiet lanes begin

Every morning for breakfast we buy "banh me trung" (egg in bread) from a roadside stall



Babe Lake, Babe National Park



Ollie fixes a rare puncture under audience pressure



Our shortcut becomes a beautiful dirt lane



A clear blue day in the mountains



New friends who watch us as we munch our morning tea



They load the buses hard! They offered to take us, but we thought riding looked more comfortable!



A winding route through the karst land



Big climbs with big views


Morning market vendors, Bao Lac.


Market day, Ma Na Phong, Bao Lac

Brighter than your Kiwi motorbiking outfit


Village, Bao Lac - Meo Vac road


Carrying loads, Meo Vac


Company for the beginning of the ascent up Ma Pi Leng Pass


Climbing Ma Pi Leng


Climbing Ma Pi Leng


Some pretty tough people have made these rugged mountains their homes


Descending to Dong Van


River riding on the Yen Minh - Quan Ba road


Bright warmth again as we descend Quan Ba Pass

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