The night before we had arranged for a man with a banh mi cart to prepare breakfast for us at 8. We met him at a corner in Do Luong after stretching and had a sandwich each - they were amazing, and we told him he should step up to the big leagues and ply his trade in Saigon.
We then hit the road on a shortcut that the support van drivers knew about. I was skeptical, as they said the same thing last year and ended up adding 20kms to the day.
It was beautiful cycling through rolling hills after that. The HCM Highway is our favorite road, as there is little traffic and the scenery is consistently amazing. There was one flat tire to help out with, but other than that we were problem free.
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