Friday, Jan. 15th (30km South of Quang Ngai to Kon Tum)

  • Dries, our motorbike travel companion from Belgium, woke up at 6am and hit the road early.
  • I fit in some morning tea and a quick workout before waking Cory up to start the day.
  • We packed up, loaded our motorbikes, checked out of the motel, then hit the road.
  • The driving today was as fun as any we’ve done so far.  We started with several kilometres of smooth, spacious road meandering through local villages before taking on a long, windy climb into the mountains.  
  • It was slow going due to the steep inclines but we were more than compensated by incredible panoramic views of the forested valleys below, framed by a parallel mountain chain in the distance. 
  • Somewhere near the peak of the mountain we began an even longer decline.  The road was nearly deserted and littered with hairpin turns and the occasional group of potholes, though just enough to add to the fun by creating a jigsaw puzzle for our wheels to navigate.  We couldn’t keep the smiles off our faces as we raced to the bottom, leaning into turns and gliding down the massive downhill sections.
  • On the other side of the mountain chain we had less than 50km of easygoing road to cover before arriving in Kon Tum where Dries was waiting for us with a room booked at the Thinh Vuong hotel.
  • We arrived with no issues and freshened up before heading out for dinner.
  • We ended up trying some street food that none of us had ever encountered before: bowls of noodles, leafy greens, strips of ginger, and chopped snail, all covered in a very spicy brown sauce.  The meal was unexpectedly delicious and we also shared two bowls of whole snails on the side, cooked in their shells and dosed with the same spicy sauce.
  • Picked up some dragon fruit and sweet tamarind for dessert, enjoying both back at the hotel before calling it a night.

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