This year our trip began with the purchase and fitting of two awesome new Trek mountain bikes from the fantastic Saigon Cycles in HCMC; after much emailing from the UK came this moment when we geared up and set off (with more than a little adrenaline) on our adventure..
Oh yes; our light packing meant that I had two dresses that were 'non cycling wear', which is why you see a lot of them!! Stu had two t shirts.
All the hotels were great storing our bikes; usually in underground moped/car areas with security guard, or in one memorable incident, in a ballroom. I was fitting a new saddle (£2.70!!!) and the staff let me cycle around the room, to many claps and laughs, while I tried it out!
If anyone knows how they do this please let me know!!
We visited (and/or stayed in):Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Rach Gia, Phu Quoc island, Ha Tien, Cam mountain (Tri Ton village), Long Xuyen, Sa Dec, My Tho (again), Ho Chi Minh City.
We organised our flights and Ho Chi Minh City hotels with Dial-a-flight
Used Komoot for navigation on the bikes
Bought our Trek bikes at Saigon Cycles in HCMC
Flew both ways (no charge for bikes) with Emirates, via Dubai
Found our accommodation (usually one day ahead) with Booking.com
Saved our bums from pain with Baby powder and Sudocrem (with thanks to a blog by Cycle Tom called 'The battle between bum and saddle'.
All photos on iphone (by accident), which was charged with a powerpack when necessary on the road (in my bum-bag).
For our daily sugar fix, Oreos, Haribo, Pepsi and Sprite deserve a mention; all other food ridiculously healthy and courtesy of the brilliant restaurants, cooks and street traders of the delta.
Sweat, blood (luckily not) and tears (a few) all our own.