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.


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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