Guest post by Margaret today! Check out the pictures at the bottom.
We had our first day of truly beautiful weather. Check out this blue sky coming into Ha Giang.
We only cycled around 15k today because we had to stop here to get a permit for the border regions near China, and the next step is a big climb over Quan Ba pass — with no hotels until over the top, apparently.
We knew from multiple sources that we would need a permit to continue north, but actually getting it was not so easy given our inability to speak Vietnamese. After stopping in a couple places and showing various uniformed officials a picture of the permit, we finally found someone who had us follow him on his motorbike to the right office. Twenty dollars later, we had ourselves an official looking piece of paper.
Now that we’ve finished our business, we’re sitting in a cafe, enjoying Vietnamese coffee (we have all afternoon to wait for it to drip) and waiting for our laundry to dry. The prospect of dry laundry is extremely exciting as we’ve been carrying wet clothing for what seems like days now. Our hotel even has clotheslines!
Wish us luck for the hard part of our trip, about to begin tomorrow!