We swapped our email details with Mr Tang, him checking again if we could possibly stay longer and meet his family and asking hopefully when the next time we might be back. We followed him back down to the main junction with the HCMH and waved him off as we parted. Nice guy, a bit desperate for Western culture we thought.
Back on the road, the weather was great again. Sunny but not too hot yet and despite our tiredness we started to make good progress. Today would be around 145km, flat mainly but with undulations making the total climb close to 1000m, all on the HCMH. The weather was the usual, a couple of showery outbreaks of rain, but mainly sunny. When it was uphill and the sun was out it was devastatingly hot though. We stopped for lunch in a very nice roadside café and had noodle soup, one of the best yet.
We got to Phu Phong around 4pm, and started looking for a guesthouse. Luckily there was a big one right at the entrance to the town, opposite a couple of shops and a restaurant. Perfect. The room was cheap at 170,000d but looked OK. We hand-washed some of the cycling gear and hung it up and then went out for dinner at 5.30, a bit early. They were happy to cook for us though and we ordered some De (Goat) which was apparently the speciality of this region as we had been told in Hanoi. It was delicious, cooked with chilli and lemongrass. Dinner cost another 170,000d so we had a cheap day which pleases me!
Back in the room Johanna skyped her family for a while and we started watching a film before conking out for the night.
|Bun Cha place - doggy for breakfast|
|Mr Tang, Johanna and a girl called Panda who gave Johanna the toy|
|It got slightly wet at one point briefly|
|Parking for lunch, it was hot now|
|Message about the local province supporting electrical project on HCMH|
|The horizon is only 1.5km away! That x100 was the full day.|