Took the van to the top of an alpine pass out of Lai Chau.Went to a pharmacy on the way for my sore back , bought meloxicam + tiger balm for $1.50. Win said we’ll roll down the hill then catch the van. Continued climbing for 12km , and lost count of the 10% gradient signs , before everyone else arrived in the van – by then it was very hot and steamy. Drove to Sin Ho for lunch. Then an undulating road with some steep climbs after lunch and then a very fast descent to Chanua. Win suggested we take the van to Muong Lai because of the roadworks – but we would have been quicker on our bikes as you’ll see from the pics .