Vinh

Vinh

We leave Trang An in the morning. In truth, we are aiming for Phong Nha where we will meet up with Maeve, but as that is 405 kilometers away, we have split it into two days of driving. We pack up and say goodbye to our remaining friends, then we are off to Vinh, a [...]

Trang An

Trang An

If Hanoi is chaos in perfect synchronization, Trang An is where the soul goes to rest. Riding in, all I can hear is the sound of our engines. The moment we park and cut the engines, there is silence. It’s a silence that has body, a silence that envelops you. After the excitement of the [...]

Take Two

Take Two

Post collision, I am relieved that we have returned to Hanoi for a break. Luckily, Paul’s injuries seem to be minimal. A possible concussion, and some pretty heavy bruising on his collarbone and shoulder. Not great, of course, but all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. We are all quite aware of that. [...]

Departure

Departure

The day after I purchase Elektra, the guys arrive back from the North. We meet for drinks and between their tired faces and their stories from the road, they already look every bit the experienced biker. They congratulate me on my purchase, they ask how she rides. “Well, I haven’t actually ridden her yet.” Out [...]

Elektra

Elektra

Pictured: Petrified owner of a motorbike. Note the fear in her eyes. I've written about how I traveled to Sapa in part to get myself out of a bit of a sad funk. In truth I also traveled to Sapa to buy myself the time to gain the courage for the next part of my [...]