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Muong Lay, Vietnam, Nov. 6: Were in a town called Muong Lay, about 75 miles from our last stop in the weird commie outpost of Lai Chau. We rode a good chunk of that road in between the towns, on and off, all day on November 5. Conversation swiss replica watches naturally turned to election returns, which were pretty much inevitable by the time we were rolling. The terrain here is dense, steep, fog-shrouded, and weve seen plenty of it over the last few days. The highlight so far, besides the screaming descent from the top of the crest just west of Lai Chau, was the 15-mile rolling ride to Pa Tan.
Its without fail one of the most beautiful stretches of road riding Ive ever done—even though were on mountain bikes: curving, dotted with villages, and always with a cloudy, Gorillas-in-the-Mist backdrop. The river Na runs along the valley bottom. Na, Paul (our trip leader) tells me, is Vietnamese for custard apple.The Na is Replica Ulysse Nardin watches Mississippi-brown, and at one point we pulled off the main road, crossed a rickety bridge, and came upon some guys building a bridge to their rice paddies on a Na tributary. We helped for a bit, loading rocks into giant hand-woven baskets made of bamboo. Then we had the best lunch of the trip, among stray kitties and pregnant dogs, in a village cafe in PaTan—stir fried beef with herbs and lemon grass, buttery fish soup, sticky rice in many forms.