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I was up and out of my hotel by 06:00am. The road outside the hotel was full of potholes but I just about managed to eat my baguette and jam as I left Tra Vinh behind. My plan was to head northwest all day, first towards Cang Long, then to take a back road for the last few miles towards Vinh Long.
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To my shock I was overtaken by several bicycles, I soon realised however it was Tra Vinh Cycling Club, out for a time trial (in 34C heat!). I chatted with one of the team for a while whilst he looked very strangely at my heavily-laden bike. Minutes later, he sped off to join his team mates.
I then chatted with Tong, a teacher on a moped, before pulling over for my third breakfast (my leftover waffles had created the second).
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A fried egg, coriander and cucumber baguette really hit the spot, truly delicious.
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A little further on I had to stop to admire a beautiful temple.
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The turn off I’d been waiting for couldn’t have come sooner. I stopped for some celebratory monkey nuts which, to my surprise, were wet inside the shell. Strange, but tasty.
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Shortly after the turn off, I took a backroad that ran parallel to the main road. It was pure bliss compared to the busy main road.
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A group of children chased me on their bicycles for a while, the maverick of the group taking much delight in laughing at me and my trusty steed.
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I soon arrived on the outskirts of Vin Long and entered the town over a beautiful bridge.
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Passing through a busy market, I stopped overlooking the water and tucked into a huge orange before borading a ferry over to An Binh, an island just off the shore of Vinh Long.
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I made my way to my accommodation for the evening, Nam Thamh Homestay. This delightful homestay is a few hundred metres from the ferry point, set in leafy surroundings and has a truly rural feel. I was welcomed and showed to my room. It had been a varied day’s ride and I wouldn’t wish to do the first part again if I had the choice. As soon as I’d turned off the main road things changed dramatically however, which had made the day.
After a shower I popped back over the water for a really rather average meal in one of the restaurants overlooking the water. Several extremely unsuccessful fisherman kept me entertained for a while as I ate, before heading back over to An Binh to my homestay.

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