I’m on my last day as I write this blog. Today is a free day in Saigon, it’s a bustling city with crazy driving the roads are like the start of a motorcycle Grand Prix, if I said hundreds of mopeds on the road I’m not exaggerating!!!! Life in your hands crossing the road. Richard would have loved to have rode around this crazy city.
Yesterday was the last cycling day through Vietenam, it is a beautiful country of what I’ve seen. We’ve cycled along the river passing through villages that live so intimately next to each other. There are carts selling fruit/vegetables just on the track, the noise and smells are intoxicating, the vibrancy and happiness of the people is so invigorating, they live such a simple life, but yet seem to be so happy.
Our tour guide for Vietenam took us to his home to have a traditional Vietnamese lunch with his family, the food was wonderful and so much! I’ve done nothing but eat on this trip good job I’m burning the calories off!!! The biggest surprise was behind his home was 7000sq feet of a beautiful garden full of lime trees, banana tress and all sorts of other fruits an oasis behind the chaos of the road.
Another highlight or experience of traditional Vietenam was staying in a ‘Homestead’ on the Mekong River. My room had a bed a meter from the ground with a thin foam mattress and a mosquito net! No air Conditioning! We helped in the kitchen make traditional spring rolls with all sorts of unusual vegetables, then sat outside to eat covered in tea tree oil ( which definitely puts the mosquitos off) Sleep was quite limited as the noise of the boats travelling on the river using the hide tide to gain speed.
Yesterday was the last day of cycling just a mere 35k and the temperature at a cool 37!!! It was a beautiful first 20 k cycling through winding narrow roads through lush green villages, but the last 15k was v challenging a very steady hill climb most of the way to our finish point. As I approached the finish I admit I burst into tears.
This trip has been an experience of a lifetime and has challenged me physically and mentally, it’s been very cathartic and healing. I never imagined I would ever do something like this, it’s shown me you have to grab opportunities and make the most of everything, I did this trip not just for me but for my brother, I miss him every day, I felt he was with me with every pedal willing me to go on and embrace life, as I’ve found out you only get one chance and we never know what what tomorrow will bring.
I know my boys are proud of me, they’ve messaged me to let me know, which has meant so much. I’m so grateful for Peter giving me this opportunity and encouraging and giving me the confidence to do it. I now can’t wait to be home to see them and tell them of my travels. Also at home at least I know where the switch to turn the lights off in the bedroom are! There’s always one light I can’t find to switch off!!!
Thank you to you all for following my blog and your messages of support , I’m sorry I’ve not put many pictures up but I can’t find out how to properly another reason to be home … So the boys yet again can explain the wonders of technology to me!! Sorry can’t turn image arghh you’ll just have to tilt head :))
Happy Easter to you all
Love Sarah xx