From Cau Ha to A Lưới

Got up very early today – 08:15! Shower and pack the bag game and after good-bye host I was on the road.
The clock: 60768 km
Back up the hill to the Ho Chi Minh Road. That stupid Google woman did trick me and changed the route on the way without telling me. I did learn today that she likes to do that from time to time. Sometimes she tell me that there is a faster route available and sometimes she just thinks she knows better. So this time she got away with it since I was not aware of her little tricks. That way I saved 50 kilometres but did miss out on about 30 kilometres of Ho Chi Minh Road. Guess I did not miss too much.

Coffee break
Coffee break in the middle of nowhere. The woman made my coffee and left with her child on the bike. Interesting! So I did drink my coffee and went to find somebody to pay. Vietnam – away from the tourist highway!

Still some original forest left
Still some original forest left

Over the bridge and on on
Over the bridge and on on

Slow slow they make way for more agriculture and burn down the next piece of forest
Slow slow they make way for more agriculture and burn down the next piece of forest

I am not alone any more
I am not alone any more. That guy had a blue plate: official bike. Did overtake him a few times when he was on the phone. He stopped when he had reception. And he overtook me a few times when I took a picture. And every time we waved to each other.

More burning
More burning

New shrine on the street
New shrine on the street

Guess they put if after the accident
Guess they put if after the accident

Does not look to good
Does not look to good – speed kills!

Getting closer to the border. From now on the street will stay close to the border
Getting closer to the border. From now on the street will stay close to the border

Over the bride and up the hill
Over the bride and up the hill

Than you have long stretches of pristine forest
Than you have a very long stretch of pristine forest

Open road - no traffic
Open road – no traffic – no nothing – no settlements – no house – no farming

Open road - no traffic

Just green - as far as you can see
Just green – as far as you can see

Just green - as far as you can see

Driving into the clouds
Driving into the clouds

Left, right, left, up and down
Left, right, left, up and down

Above the clouds
Above the clouds

And slow down into the farmland again
After many more left right left right corners you drive down into the farmland again. People, bikes and domestic animals as well as farming. If you are up there alone with the road and the sound of the bike it feels like a special kind of meditation. You feel the elements, smell nature, see the street, the sky, the clouds and green – a lot of green. That all stops when you drive back into the land of the small villages again.

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in A Lưới
My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in A Lưới. 8,16 € for one night. 2 Beds, closet, table, chair, TV, AC, Fan, WiFi and a private bathroom with hot shower.
The clock: 60956 km = 188 kilometres today.

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in  A Luoi
View from the door

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in  A Luoi
View from the bathroom

Old style mosquito net
ld style mosquito net

Old style mosquito net
It folds out and you stuff it under the mattress – this was the luxury version of the good old time

Dinner in A Luoi - Special Vietnamese Spaghetti
Went for dinner with my little piece of paper (vegetarian food – no meet, no chicken, no fish) and the woman made me “Special Vietnamese Spaghetti” with really hot chilli!

 
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From Hội An to Da Nang

After a lot of pictures in Hội An it was time to move further north. Before returning to the Ho Chi Minh Highway I had to stop for a night in Da Nang to meet Kayla. That is only a few kilometres from Hội An but worth to change the hotel so you do not have to drive back to Hội An from a night at the bar.

Wet and Gray on the way - to Danang
Wet and Gray on the way – to Danang

At last the beach is empty
At last the beach is empty

The whole city is under construction
The whole city is under construction

But they have the widest streets in Vietnam if not in South East Asia
But they have the widest streets in Vietnam if not in South East Asia

My room in Danang
My room at the Ho Hotel in Danang. I did book the “Small Single Room” that does come without a window. By the time of booking I was not aware of that. But for one night it is OK. It does come with a fridge, TV, AC, closet and private bathroom with hot shower. And it clean and only 8 US $

The Sea Dragon bridge
The Sea Dragon bridge. The dragon is actually part of the bridge. It is 666 meters long – the number of the beast. And it does breathe fire every Saturday and Sunday at 21:00. Today it was drizzling and all I could see of the fire was smoke coming out of the head of the dragon – still quite nice.

The other side
The other side with another bridge and a big wheel – changing colours all the time as well.

Waiting at the bar
Waiting at the bar

With a cold Larue Export
With a cold Larue Export

Little House in Cau Ha

The next day I went half way back to Hội An again to stay for a night at Little House. A nice little house it is. In a little village in the green away from the noise of the street. And only 5 US$ with free WiFi and private shower with hot water.
I was his firsts guest sine he opened his guest house so everybody was happy.

The yard with vegetable garden at the Homestay
The yard with vegetable garden at the Homestay

The window of the guest room - roses in front.
The window of the guest room – roses in front

The room with a bed, table and chair and it features a hammock!
The room with a bed, table and chair and it features a hammock!

The inner garden with more fruit trees and bushes
The inner garden with more fruit trees and bushes

Dinner with the owner
Dinner with the owner and a friend of the house. He did cook all of this and most of the green comes from the own garden – and it was free. I had a good stay at Little House!

 
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