Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Day 53 - Langson to Bac Ninh

Start: Langson, north-eastern Vietnam
End: Bac Ninh, north-east of Hanoi
Distance: 125 km
Time: 6'29"
Avg: 19.3 k/h
Max: 38 k/h
Total: 3750 km
Total riding days: 42
Roadkill: No snakes! Has St Patrick already ridden through this country?
Riding hours: 0915 - 1615

Spent all day looking for a turning to Thai Nguyen. Didn't find one, so ended up nearly in Hanoi. Such is life. Northern half of the day through karst scenery; southern half dead flat. The road mostly not too busy, but it does not satisfy the Mark & Ju McLean test of a quiet road.

I still don't know how to say Hello in Vietnamese. I can write it, like this: Chao.

But how do you pronounce it?

"Ciao" sounds too Italian.

"Cow" sounds too bovine.

Either way, people don't seem to understand me, so I say Hello instead. Not very impressive.

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