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Sunday, April 5, 2015

H2H 2015 Day 3: Cam Thuy to Yen Cat

Today was the best day so far in my view - the scenery remained amazing (although I didn't really take any pictures), the road was in great condition and I was able to ride with several other team members and socialize at lunch. The only unwelcome stretch was a short hill that has been heavily used by trucks carrying manure, which left the road surface covered in dried cakes of shit.

 We covered 76km from Cam Thuy to Yen Cat straight down the Ho Chi Minh Highway. We're still on the new part of the route, as we changed much of first half due to an accident on last year's ride, so this is all uncharted territory for me. There were a lot of undulating hills, which meant you could gain momentum on the downhills and use it to help you back up on the other side. My bike has been flawless so far, although I need to clean it badly, and I feel great physically. We're spending the night in a hotel compound that looks straight out of North Korea, completely empty and covered in concrete. The town of Yen Cat is fairly nondescript, but the locals are very friendly. A few of us stopped at a place for a beer before dinner and were invited over to drink with some local guys, who turned out to be cops. They did a few rounds of cheers and gave us some peanuts before we parted ways. They even invited us out later in the night, but we've got to cycle 90km tomorrow so that wasn't going to happen.
Another day in the saddle tomorrow on the way to Tan Ky - we've covered 220 out 2,000km, so there's an awful lot of ground left to cover. Please provide further motivation by donating to the H2H charities here: https://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Tatarski3/

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