While a rather tired Captain Caveman went off for the final day of the Saigon’s Children Charity cycling event on Sunday 22nd November I had an extra hour in bed. I skipped breakfast in readiness for my lunch at The Villas where I had arranged to meet Captain Caveman. His route was in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park today and so the lunch stop for all the cyclists was at Victory Road Villas. Unfortunately I didn’t end up going in to Phong Nha as I was too late to get a car by the time Captain Caveman called to say he was already there. Instead I said I would go to the Farmstay later to try to get a photo of the finish. I had cheese on toast for lunch at home and it was pretty tasty.
At Phong Nha Farmstay I’d just got myself a white wine and soda when the cyclists started to finish but, because of my leg, I wasn’t fast enough to get many finish photos. I was lucky enough to get to watch the buffalo run past and then stop so I could see their baby before they started their own race! Captain Caveman was one of the first to finish and he and some others grabbed Heart of Darkness beers from an ice bucket. It was thirsty work as they each had a few more beers while more and more cyclists finished. Captain Caveman and I went home so he could shower and change ready for the evening’s event and he got in the pool with his beer!!!
Back at the Farmstay that night, there was a presentation and a buffet which I was lucky enough to be invited to. Captain Caveman had been instrumental in connecting the director of the Saigon Children’s Charity with his Oxalis boss and was allocated a substantial amount of money to be able to complete the building of a school in Ban Doong, with the Oxalis Foundation. I was very proud of him because this year there was so much worthy demand for the money raised because of the floods. Everyone got a medal and there was an auction for the unused cycling jerseys – I suggested next year they might auction off the dirty ones for more money if they included an autograph and a photo of the wearer! Rimaha was doing his debut solo act after the presentation. I sat with him, his family and Matty while the cyclists all sat together. Ben invited us up to get the buffet and it was amazing – I had pork, lamb, potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli cheese, then fruit and chocolate brownies! The guitar playing and singing went well for Remy and he had the same problem I used to have with the Easy Tiger microphones, they were too quiet. It was a great night and we didn’t get home until quite late!
Here’s Ben’s video of the final day of the cycling event, for those who haven’t seen it yet;