Today's ride was the last ride, and it was broken up into two parts: ride from Hai Phong to the boat, and after a 3 hour boat trip, ride from the port to the hotel in Cat Ba. Of course, the boat ride on a traditional boat offered stunning views and a delicious lunch with fresh shrimp, fish and squid. The ride through the middle of the island was challenging with long, winding climbs. These are definitely some of the most brutal climbs Pete and I have ever done.
After all the riding, I think that people with reasonable fitness can make the journey. There were days when I didn't want to get on the bike anymore, but I was always well rewarded when I did. Sometimes the bus couldn't follow us on the same road due to road conditions, and those were often the days when I was so glad to be on a bike.