Sunday Ride

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Fishing off Tran Phu Bridge
  

Pedaling north, I stopped mid-span on the Tran Phu Bridge to catch my breath and take a few photos. People fished the waters of the Cai River which had a greenish tint in the mid-morning sun. A blue fishing boat passed under the bridge. Nets and gear stowed neatly on deck as she headed into the South China Sea. It's a nice downhill glide off the bridge, either direction, and I continued north along the shoreline.

 

The stretch of road along the small beach by Hon Do Island was usually bustling with venders selling fresh seafood but this morning stood deserted. A small group of ladies clustered on the beach, sorting out a daily catch that someone had brought to shore in one of the round basket boats. I don't know one fish from another but they shared equally a variety of three.

Sharing the catch
Only a few were more than twelve inches in length. Tiny, three-inch silver ones were the most abundant but it was the big-eyed red ones that seemed the most sought after and argued for. They looked like red snappers that I had fished in South Australia once, but half the size. After much commotion, the women all seemed finally satisfied with their shares and toted them off to various markets or customers.

 

Nearby, men folded fishing nets, rinsed sand off of them in sea water, and neatly placed them into their basket boats. Others already bobbed a half-mile offshore. My intention was to ask about learning to paddle one of the round boats - a goal that I set for myself on this stay in Nha Trang. But those guys were obviously busy and probably had a long day ahead setting their nets at sea. The tiny island of Hon Do was less than a hundred yards offshore and had a Buddhist temple.

Basket boater preparing nets
I thought it would be a great adventure exploring it by basket boat. Once my Vietnamese improves, I'll come back one afternoon and see about renting one.

 

Another 300 yards north I reached the turn-off leading to the Hon Chong Promontory. Its attraction was a huge boulder balanced on the end of a narrow rocky outcrop jutting into the sea. The site was made popular by the local legend of a giant and a sunbathing maiden but I stopped there for the view. After pedaling up its overlooking hilltop, all views were blocked by high hedges and several temple-looking buildings. Admission cost 6,000 VN Dong (about thirty US cents) and another thousand to park the Misen 600. From inside the hedge, views of the shoreline and mountains north were spectacular. The boulder and the path leading to it was well worth the effort walking out to it.

Hon Chong Promontory
  A dozen or so Vietnamese ogled the rock and posed for family portraits. The boulder was etched with a few hearts and initials of lovers. The buildings on top of the hill housed excellent exhibits of photographs and regional arts and crafts.  A small kiosk sold cold drinks and snacks.

 

I pedaled back to the Tran Phu Bridge then turned inland along the north side of Cai River. Somewhere upstream of the Xom Bong Bridge, I found an out-of-the-way riverside dock that included a store, machine shop, and boat-builders shed. A Saigon beer chilled by a mug of ice was most refreshing.

 

 

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Fishing off Tran Phu Bridge
Fishing off Tran Phu Bridge
Sharing the catch
Sharing the catch
Basket boater preparing nets
Basket boater preparing nets
Hon Chong Promontory
Hon Chong Promontory
Boat passing under the Tran Phu Br…
Boat passing under the Tran Phu B…
Nha Trang from Hon Do beach
Nha Trang from Hon Do beach
Basket boater coming ashore
Basket boater coming ashore
Heading to market
Heading to market
Basket boat and Hon Do Island
Basket boat and Hon Do Island
View north from Hon Do beach
View north from Hon Do beach
Hon Chong Promontory from the hill
Hon Chong Promontory from the hill
On the path to Hon Chong Promontory
On the path to Hon Chong Promontory
Poser at Hon Chong Promontory
Poser at Hon Chong Promontory
Markings on Hon Chong Promontory
Markings on Hon Chong Promontory
Tilework art of Ho Chi Minh
Tilework art of Ho Chi Minh
Mango offering
Mango offering
Store on the Cai riverfront
Store on the Cai riverfront
Kettle brewing
Kettle brewing
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85