From Phong Nha to Phố Châu

When I got up at the Thien Phu Hostel it did still drip a bit outside but the clouds where light and more white than Gray.
Went down for the free breakfast and then the same old same same: pack the bag and strap it on the bike. Adios Phong Nha!
The clock: 61390 kilometres
The sky: Gray but no rain
The road: wet

Off to the mountains again
Off to the mountains again

Green green and more green - if only there would be a blue sky with that green
Green green and more green – if only there would be a blue sky with that green

Almost no traffic again as the road curves through the valley
Almost no traffic again as the road curves through the valley

All those nice little hills
All those nice little hills

The rain travels before me in the same direction. A whole day without dust!
The rain travels before me in the same direction. A whole day without dust!

In the next valley the houses did change. I never saw houses like that
In the next valley the houses did change. I never saw houses like that. They have no walls inside – only one big room inside.

Different house
Wood is expensive now so it is constructed from metal. Can you imagine how hot it gets when the sun blasts on it?

Older ones
These two are a bit older and still made from wood

Different house
This one has only one room – like the green one.

Different house
I saw that many times. Instead of walls they use curtains in the house to separate living and sleeping room. Sometimes they only have the “sleeping room” fitted with curtains.

And new ones still under construction
And new ones still under construction

Where the rivers meet
Where the rivers meet

Since there is not a lot of traffic the cows took over the road and hang out here
Since there is not a lot of traffic the cows took over the road and hang out here

In the afternoon the street leads into tea fields again.  A few kilometres later a mix of tea fields and some rubber tree plantations
In the afternoon the street leads into tea fields again. A few kilometres later a mix of tea fields and some rubber tree plantation

There are not many of those left but from time to time you still see them roaming the streets
There are not many of those left but from time to time you still see them roaming the streets

Another monument. They all involve stairs up a mountain somehow
Another monument. They all involve stairs up a mountain somehow

The Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu

My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu
My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. 8€ with fridge, AC, fan, closet, table, chairs, kettle and private bathroom with hot shower. The room is not to big but for one night perfect.
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The bathroom at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu
The bathroom. Small but everything I need

The clock: 61572 kilometres: 182 kilometres today. Went to get some diner and had an early night.

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From Đồng Hới to Phong Nha

After opening the doors at the dorm of the Ocean View Homestay in Đồng Hới it was clear – another hazy day in Vietnam. Had breakfast with the little ones for the last time. Got everything on the bike and drove back up the mountain to the Ho Chi Minh Road and on towards Phong Nha.
The clock: 61263 km.

Another day with blue sky at the beach
Another day with blue sky at the beach – here comes the morning flight.

Cutting down more trees
Cutting down more trees – not sure if they make way for agriculture or just sell the wood. Today I did pass a lot of big old cut down trees.

This way please
This way please

More and more agriculture cuts into the forest
More and more agriculture cuts into the forest

Another clear stream somewhere down the mountain
Another clear stream somewhere down the mountain

Green as far as you can see
Green as far as you can see

Not too much traffic - in fact - no traffic at all
Not too much traffic – in fact – no traffic at all

From here on it is downhill
Driving this road was like a dream again. Left – right – left – right again. You do look for obstacles on the road. Go slow most of the times and look over the forest. Uphill and downhill. Apart from a few locals on their bikes and 2 wood trucks with a few workers the road was empty the whole day. And great views even with the haze – can you imagine how it would be with blue sky? Jungle as far as one can see. That can only mean one thing – I have to do the whole road again – with blue sky!
From this point of the road on it is all downhill to Phong Nha

Haze over the river
Haze over the river. Took this picture from the last bridge before you turn right down the last few kilometres to Phong Nha

And haze over the rice fields down in the valley
And haze over the rice fields down in the valley

And it was hot and sticky
And it was hot and stick

Interesting way of reuse the cans
Interesting way of reuse the cans

Heavy rain for a few hours just minutes after I got to the hostel
Heavy rain for a few hours just minutes after I got to the hostel

My bunk bed at Thien Phu Hostel
My bunk bed at Thien Phu Hostel. Another night for 5 US $ and for a night it is quite OK. 6 bunk beds do share one bathroom and it comes with a simple breakfast. Took this picture in the morning. The sky was the usual gray but at last – no rain!
The clock: 61390: 127 kilometres yesterday.

 
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