Day 2. Mengzi to Lao Cai

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in 2012 04 Kunming Hanoi | Comments Off

Mengzi to Lao Cai (Vietnam)
170km lots of downs, quite a bit of ups. Nice ride.
Nice hot pot dinner in Mengzi the night before. Woke up to a nice breakfast of “Over the bridge” noodles. Hot broth, add pork, 20 other little thing, wait 5 minutes, nice. Good start to the day but found one of my spokes broke so my wheel is all out of whack and not sure what to do. Not where to repair so just push on.
Long 60km which feels mostly uphill to Pingbian. Horrible lunch. Then a little climb and then 30km or so directly downhill. Then updown, updown to the border. Good roads for most of the day which saved my wheel and my hands.  The natural forest seems to have gone and been replaced with eroding banana lands. Sad. The old train was still there and freight was moving which was kind of cool. You could see them cutting through for the new high speed one and I guess a high way as well. That will bring the tourist hoards but I guess nothing much for them to see due to the banana lands.