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Our four motorbikes crossed the Tran Phu Bridge and headed out of Nha Trang. Some friends had planned a road trip to Jungle Beach for lunch and a couple of beers so I rented a 125cc motorbike for the day for 50,000 VN Ðong and tagged along. As the bird flies, distance to our destination was only about 11 kilometers but by road sixty. The first twenty K's were scenic. The freshly built four-lane road provided sweeping views of pristine coastline. We wound around rugged green hills, glancing down at rocky cliffs, white surf, and sheltered coves. An abandoned resort project on Ka Ga Cape overlooked nearby Hon Chong and Hon Tre Islands.
Around the cape, people parked their motorbikes to sit on a roadside wall overlooking Dam Nha Phu Bay.
Ever-present motorbikes, busses, trucks, and speeding taxis raced in what seemed a chaotic free-for-all. The heavy traffic made it impossible to stop for roadside photos. Meter-wide lanes were marked off in white paint on the road's edges for motorbikes but often infringed upon by passing, oncoming trucks and busses, their horns blaring. There was no time for sight-seeing. It seemed every mile of Highway 1 was lined continuously with town or village. After an hour, we reached the provincial town of Ninh Hoa.