Rach Gea to Vi Thanh 74km
Flat and straight, flat and straight, flat and straight, bridge over canal, flat and straight, flat and straight. Sounds familiar. Sounds like the Nullabor. The difference being here in Vietnam there is traffic. And to all those who warned me about the number of scooters and motorbikes here, you were so right. Like bees around the honey pot, Fiona and I being the honey pot, they buzzed for the first 20km this morning. But so well behaved.....
Then I took a left, and for the rest of the day followed minor roads and tracks along canals. This is such an amazing way to see a country. You get to see so much of what a country is really about. And I really love cruising these trails.
The amazing thing about these people living on and next to the river, is their whole life's revolve around the river. They wash, themselves, their clothes, their dishes in the river. They harvest, fish, crabs, shrimp, even the vegetation from the river. When they jump in a kayak or boat, it's not for a play in a wave, it's to go to pick up supplies, to go to school, or to work. The river is their life.
It's very obvious that Vietnam is wealthier than Cambodia. The river people are so much better off. The houses, although still very basic have some furniture. Many have two or three hammocks, some even have a table or bench. Some even have toilets, and even a TV. And I've mentioned it before, but the amount of litter here, mostly, is so much less than in Cambodia.
Yep, I had another fun day. But this traveling is not all fun. New country, new money (almost as confusing as Indonesian), new foods, new food outlets to discover and understand, new language (not that I've learnt any language yet, although my "sign" is showing promise), and new road rules (these guys, well the rural and small town folk, obey the road rules). Every day is a challenge, but I guess that's fun.
I'm so looking forward to seeing Ju. She's been very very busy at work, and our Skype sessions have been very short. Only five more days.