Ride Out (HCM)
Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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So I hired a bike from the hostel for 4 days and decided to head west once again into the most western part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail which I was desperate to see, and one of the girls joined me. It was great fun riding up into the mountains but we were no sooner starting up, when the road turned into thick red sludge! It was really challenging trying to keep the bikes upright and keeping the momentum going, men were working on upgrading the road and the red mud was everywhere, thankfully it only lasted around 25km before getting back onto a half tarmac/gravel surface. I loved riding up here, way up into the mountains and above the cloud line, the views were really amazing but the only photos I managed to take just didn't do it any justice.
Michelle and I were met with nods and hellos on the road and all the kids running out waving when they see you, and it’s an amazing few days with good company, spectacular views and thankfully, not too much rain
We end up at a Home stay the first night, with the president of the village taking us for coffee in the evening to show us off, although we had met everyone already down at the natural hot springs where the locals were all taking their 'bath’ for the evening. He has a lovely family, who all practice their English on us, but they are very industrious after school with their studying. Our ‘room’ is a bed is in the living area which is divided only by a hanging rug; thankfully the bed has a mozzie net over it and was very comfortable, only downside was the loo was outside. The girls made us dinner after I had taken one of them on the back of my bike up to the local market, I saw a whole pigs head laying on the ‘meat’ table for sale, also on the ground were huge aluminimum basins full of fish and seafood and other delights
The journey onwards was stunning, up above the cloud line where I could see all the peaks of the mountains all around, above fluffy cotton wool like clouds, beautiful. The road then sweeps round, and up, and over, and through, and eventually down the mountain, and the views take your breath away at every turn… woohoo, as I’ve said before the camera just doesn’t capture it.
Anyway we came across some lovely villages and lots and lots of friendly, helpful people on our journey which I will never forget. It was nice having some company on the roads for a few days, to share experiences and good times and have a blast with, the machines were often at full pelt at every turn which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it fair blew the cobwebs away. Our route took us west through Hong Ha, before heading south via Con Tom, Ka Non, A Roang, Ta Lang, to Thanh My, Lang Hoa, Dai Hong, Minh Tan and into Hoi An. Looking at the route on a map is just a series of hairpins bends, twists and turns… and on the motorbike, bliss J