I left Sam Son, after one more quick look at the newly created boat on the beach, full of egg sandwich (think toasty crisp baguette, a scrambled egg or two, a long slice of cucumber and a bit of cilantro. . .hold the chili for now. . .) and super sweet milky coffee served with songbirds singing good morning in their bamboo cages all around in the flower vines around the awning on the porch of the coffee shop. . .a rough way to start the day. Cua Lo is only 120 km more or less down the road. The turn off that was a horrible trail in 2005 is now a 4-lane road with zero traffic past the three new factories just off the highway. It leads directly to the intersection at the edge of town where the water was above the top of my engine in the aftermath of a tropical storm last trip. . .I had to push the bike for blocks out of town that time. What a difference today, with the river and the sea both back where they belong and the streets dry and dusty.
It's the end of the season here too (I've never been here during the high season, but like Sam Son, the town has hotel space for thousands and there were probably 20 of us in town. . .and I the only white guy. After all the careful planning and notions of an easy day, I didn't stay. The fishing boat harbor was nearly empty, the boats perhaps at sea, though I've never seen it anything like this. . .and the town all but dead, there was nothing to draw my attention and much of the day was still ahead. On an off chance though I rode through the harbor to the boat yard near the bridge and found not one, but two new local boats under construction. I've never seen new construction in this little yard before, only maintenance work, but here they were, and like Sam Son's boats on the beach, these were the first of the local style I'd seen in early stages. There was a lot to learn in a short time, but I got a good set of photos including the mother, the daughter and the grand daughter of the yard. . .Never miss a chance to photograph a cute kid. . .I'll work on writing up both Sam Son and Cua Lo construction in the next few days. . .and we'll get it up on Boats And Rice (www.boatsandrice.com) sometime soon.
|The daughter and grand daughter of the boatyard--a very family operation. . .|