Yesterday I stayed in Kham Duc to edit photos. It’s a tiny town, with nothing to see or do. But it’s pleasant, and it was a good place to get some work done. And Be Chau Giang Hotel is so nice and cheap, it was a pleasure to stay in my room for another night.

Today I got up early, and was on the road at 7. It was a fantastic ride. The first 100 km followed a green valley, with a rocky river at the bottom. I went through some small settlements.

Going up and up, my spedometer and odometer suddenly stopped working. Also, my back wheel seemed wobbly. At the halfway point I stopped at a roadside mechanic. He replaced my spedometer cable. He checked my back wheel. I needed a new rear tire, chain and sprokets, and the assembly inside the rear wheel the chain goes around. I knew I needed this stuff, so I had him change them. But I didn’t ask the price up front. That was a mistake I’ll never make again.

There are many war memorials along the road.
There are many war memorials along the road.

The second 100 km was incredible. Up and up into the mountains, with a huge deep valley below. There were no towns, only a few ranger buildings. There were no trucks. The only traffic was a handful of motorbikes. It was a totally remote stretch, with nowhere to fix motorbike problems.

I got into A Lưới late since I was at the mechanic so long. There’s not much in this town. I got some delicious bánh can for dinner, then some chè for desert.

I passed through the hills surrounding Kham Duc.
I passed through the hills surrounding Kham Duc.
The road followd a rocky river.
The road followd a rocky river.
There was a big waterfall.
There was a big waterfall.
The river grew less rocky.
The river grew less rocky.
Then rocky again.
Then rocky again.
It was incredibly scenic.
It was incredibly scenic.
A guy with huge fish came down the mountain.
A guy with huge fish came down the mountain.
I wasn't the only one admiring the views.
I wasn’t the only one admiring the views.
The road twisted and turned through the mountains.
The road twisted and turned through the mountains.
And passed a muddy river.
And passed a muddy river.
I stopped to get some work done on Tién.
I stopped to get some work done on Tién.
Then I followed the river onward.
Then I followed the river onward.
There were obstacles to overcome
There were obstacles to overcome
But I pressed on.
But I pressed on.
The road headed down.
The road headed down.
Through fields.
Through fields.
I made it to town by sunset.
I made it to town by sunset.
In time for a volleyball game.
In time for a volleyball game.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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