Dalat to Nha Trang
It is hard to describe the 110km ride from Dalat to Nha Trang. The brochure says “… Whilst undulating (it is) mostly downhill.” In practice this meant the first section comprised two of the longest, steepest hills we’ve ridden up followed by a terrifying 38 km downhill which was about an hour and fifteen minutes of gripping the brakes. Some people raced down but I took it rather more slowly. One of the cycling crew rode most of the way next to me once he realised how scared I was. It was rainy and windy most of the way and the only time I took my hands off the breaks and pedalled was when the wind was so strong it was blowing me back up.
After that ride we had lunch by a river in a local restaurant. We then had about twenty minutes on the bus and then were back on our bikes for the last 25km – this time mostly flat with some gentle undulating. In this stretch we had our first crash of the whole trip. Some kids came racing round a corner, one woman swerved to avoid them, clipped another bike and fell – grazing her knees and hands. We were lucky this was the only accident and it was minor and close to the end. Our ride ended in a little cafe on the outskirts of Nha Trang city and we bid farewell to our bikes, the mechanic and truck driver and took the bus to our hotel. For dinner we had a free night but were taken as usual to a restaurant chosen by our guide with a set menu. But it turned out to be delicious and heaps of fun. It was a BBQ restaurant with braziers set down the table on which we cooked our food. To add to the occasion it was one of the groups sixtieth birthdays, so this time when the lights dimmed and something candle lit was carried in, we were justified in singing happy birthday.