Riding Solo

Riding Solo

The days following Michael’s departure follow much of the same routine as before. Paul continues to search for a buyer for Tangerine Dream, and I get rid of items I no longer need whilst also buying some that I have been unable to find in smaller Vietnamese cities. We follow in Anthony Bourdain’s footsteps and [...]

Goodbyes

Goodbyes

On Michael’s last day morning, we make a quick visit to the War Remnants Museum. It is several floors of military equipment, varied propaganda and countless photographs. The photographs are graphic, they are gruesome. They present an era of untold suffering. As I walk through the exhibits, my stomach is in knots and my blood [...]

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Our days in Ho Chi Minh City are nostalgia turned up high. Michael has only a few days left before he flies home. Paul will leave shortly thereafter. I notice that our days are lived out in acute awareness of our ticking clock, and we spend a lot of time reminiscing and telling our favorite [...]

The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch

Pictured: Beers at our final stop. You know the drill: "cheers, we did not die today." Our last ride together in Vietnam is on February 20th. We start our day slowly – hung over, of course – and my mind is both everywhere and nowhere at all. I am thinking of the kilometers that have [...]

Mui Ne

Mui Ne

We spend the next days in Mui Ne with Paul. On a day that just so happens to be Valentine’s Day, we treat ourselves to a steak dinner. I know, we're adorable. But we're also tough, don't you forget it. Over the next few days we splurge on a few more dinners out and fall [...]

The 11 Hour Day

The 11 Hour Day

Nhon Hai turns out to be another easy place to get stuck, and though we are very tempted to stay, we force ourselves to move on. Chuck, the incredibly hospitable manager of our hostel, has recommended Doc Let as our next stop, so that is exactly where we go. On February 11th we ride the [...]

Nhon Hai

Nhon Hai

We spend one night in Kon Tum and on February 9th we head back towards the coast as planned. 189 kilometers from Kon Tum to Qui Nhơn, and my first experience on a DT road. So far, I have spent all of my time on QL roads. These are the national highways and are always [...]