We headed up the coast road. We had no interest in going near Highway 1, we wanted to see the rural areas, rather than follow the diesel trail. We got our first taste of the wet season and stopped for lunch whilst the heavens opened. This is my "bike" getting a rinse We headed up through La Gi to Phan Rang and then had an epic 6+ hour ride up to Da Lat - and that was to do just 107 kilometres. Problems were starting to show up with my bike and I was visiting a repair shop every day. This was one of several attempts to fix a dreadful rattle with the tinware around the chain.... and to try and get some front brake. We stayed in La Gi on our first night out of Vung Tau and ended up having a quiet drink at this pub. A woman came over and asked us where we were from. It turned out she and her hubby and kids lived in Australia, not far from where I grew up and they had a couple of nail salon businesses. They were home visiting family, who ran the pub, and would we like to join them. Hell yeah... Only the Aussie-Vietnamese spoke English, but they gave us a damned good rundown on what to do and expect. They also introduced me to "baby-egg", a Vietnamese delicacy that really should be tried. Kylie is vegetarian, so she resisted. Baby-egg is an egg (chicken in this case) that is almost due to hatch... which is then boiled. You eat the whole damn bird. No photos, but let's just say it tastes a lot better than it looks. Another bike problem... this time, my rear wheel bearing. Luckily, there was a "Honda" shop across the road from where it finally carked it. I think it cost me $5 to get this and the rubber shock setup in the hub replaced. That meant a late arrival into Phan Rang... after dark. Our hotel in Phan Rang was a shocker. I've been in a lot of prisons in my time (never overnight... just visiting)... and this one sure reminded me of a prison The bike was proving to be a bit quicker after that bearing got replaced, btw. I'd had trouble getting beyond 80 kph... and now I was into the high 80's. We'd been put onto that really good coastal road that Luc had pencilled it in for us. He was right, we'd go 10km at a time without seeing another human and that's something that's damn hard to do in Vietnam. No escaping the rubbish though Kylie had managed to source some silk gloves to keep the sun off.... There were some nice fishing boats on the coast though in the small towns We'd come into that fishing port on the back road north of Mui Ne and when we stopped to get a drink, the locals said "you must be lost". But we weren't... we'd followed the pencilled in line. We turned of DT176 about 15km north of Mui Ne... and got onto the track that took us to where the boats were... in Phan Ri Cua. So much better that going via Highway 1.... which we then got onto for the blast up to Phan Rang. Speaking of Mui Ne We didn't spend much time there, but its worth a look. Too many resorts for our liking. The scenery on the road to Da Lat is lovely, but there was a lot of road construction going on and it took us all damn day to get there, with lots of holdups We spotted this fella in a temple heading up the hill to Da Lat.