June 10-11th

by - June 13, 2019

We woke up early because it was already getting hot out at 7 a.m.  We got ready and went to have breakfast and to check out.  We then showered, packed, and loaded the bikes.  My back tire was flat.  We went to a mechanic down the road and he put a new tube in.  It took less than 10 minutes and only costed $4.  Then we hit the road.  I didn’t take many photos because we headed up the same road we came down.  It was a brutally hot day and our asses were super sore.  We saw a truck flipped on its side going through a mountain pass.  They were carrying propane tanks.  It must have just happened before we got there because the driver looked super mad.  We were happy to have gotten through before people came to help because we would have been waiting for hours to get through the narrow pass.  Once we arrived in Bao Lac we checked into our hotel.  It started storming and the power went out so we went for a walk.  We had a beer at a local restaurant in hopes that the power would come back on so we could get some dinner.  It rained and rained.  We saw a guy crash his motorbike due to the rain.  We eventually ate and then headed back to the hotel.  The powers was on and off all night.  It also stormed all night.  It was a big one with tons of lightening and thunder.

When we woke up it was still drizzling.  The river behind our hotel was raging.  It was a calm blue river the day prior and now was clay colored and twice as big.  We hit the road expecting bad roads.  They were worse than anticipated.  The roads were super rocky from all of the landslides.  At one point there was only a small track to get through since the entire road was blocked.  Two trucks were stuck and many more were waiting.  It was hard to avoid deep potholes since they blended in with the water covering the road.  We took it super slow.  We saw another guy wipe out on his bike going through a puddle.  It is a very distinct sound of metal scraping against asphalt.  The views this day were great.  We went below, through, and above the clouds.  We saw a town with at least 100 dogs.  Did I mention that we have never seen more puppies than in Vietnam.  They are everywhere.  We also saw tons of chickens, even some that didn't make it across the road.  We saw an albino water buffalo too.  There are always a ton of shoes on the road.  I can't imagine loosing my shoe and then not going back for it.  We also saw our 3rd snake in Vietnam.  This guy was in the middle of the road.  When we arrived in Cao Bang we settled in and then walked around town for a while.  We had some yummy pizza at Pedro's for dinner.

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