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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

H2H 2013 Day 17: Cruising

After the monstrous previous day we were all ready for an easier ride, and the 61 km cycle from Ngoc Hoi to Kon Tum provided just that. It was another hot, beautiful day. The wind that had hindered us before had slacked off, and we destroyed the first 25 km in about 40 minutes.

There were a few stretches of bumpy roads and close encounters with large vehicles, but for the most part the riding was great. I stopped for a glass of sugar cane juice and a coconut about 40 km in. While enjoying my beverages two boys at the shop discovered the hilarity of talking into an electric fan that is turned on. I was just as amused as they were.

I plowed on through the rather uneventful ride, with the wind picking back up near Kon Tum. The city is laid out over a couple of large hills, which weren't exactly welcomed by my legs after the effort of the previous day. I waited for more riders to arrive and then we found our hotel, after which I led everyone to a bun thit nuong restaurant that a few of us had discovered the year before. This place is home to quite simply the best  version of the dish in the entire world, and we were all very content.

The following day was going to be different schedule-wise, and as a result we wouldn't be leaving Kon Tun until the afternoon. Therefore we cut loose that evening at a pool hall, where we took over an entire floor with our own music and a steady stream of beer. It was great having the whole team out, and we definitely had some steam to blow off from the hard days of riding we had completed. 

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