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VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:35 AM

::: Vietnam Adventure - Chasing up the rain
 
Yeah, as what you see on this topic title, my trip was done during raining season in South of Vietnam. Great experience to me, so far.

VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:36 AM

Ride buddies
 
It is really my desired trip since I started thinking about adventure riding.
We was planning for the trip within April, however, we seemed not quite like the sunny season, so that why the trip was took place in June, where the rain comes.
Four bikers for the trip, and two more joined from highland, just go, don't care where to stop end of the day.

1. Leanhngoc34
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2. Nguyenanhthi
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3. Phanbatrac
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4. Speedevil
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5. Thaihoa777
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6. Viethorse
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VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:37 AM

Met some early rain
 
Gathered at our friendly cafe', friends came to see us off:
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Really excited for the coming ride:
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What point for a shiny BMW GS? Damn, dirty it!!
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Got all the gears set. Tent, food, water, bike tool, torch light, and lots of miscellaneous things. I had added not less than 20kg to the saddle bags!
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It was sunny until we done around 60km away from home:

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Stopped for getting the rain coats on:

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A phone pix when we have raincoats on:
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VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:38 AM

Rest time
 
We stopped for lunch at a friend's house, about 130km raining from home:
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Already got some dirt:

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Oh hell the lunch:
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Really yammy food:

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VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:38 AM

Just Goooo!!!!
 
Friends informed us that the bridge on our planned way has been swept away because of flooding. Damn, that's how the rain started here.
Gotta find our own way to get to the other side of the national park:

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Nice adv road just out of the house, which leaded us to the amazing rain trip:

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Really cool weather, small rain, that made the ride seemed more worth it:
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Group photo again, in the rain:
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VietHorse 06-20-2013 09:39 AM

It was raining more and more, the sky came darker quite fast. Took and other rest on a bridge:

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This guy looked confident as he was wearing waterproof suit:
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My loaded GS:

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BanhXeo 06-20-2013 03:01 PM

These pics are great Viethorse.:thumb Where are you guys headed? My inlaws live in Ca Mau province, about an 8 hour bus ride from you. The south is truly beautiful anytime of year but when it rains, it pours!

mrphotoman 06-20-2013 05:10 PM

Looks like a great group of people to ride with. I really hope I get to go there in the next year or so.

VietHorse 06-20-2013 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BanhXeo (Post 21689873)
These pics are great Viethorse.:thumb Where are you guys headed? My inlaws live in Ca Mau province, about an 8 hour bus ride from you. The south is truly beautiful anytime of year but when it rains, it pours!

Howdy.
Really easy to recognize your nick name as it's truly Vietnamese name :clap.
We were heading North West to Ban Me Thuot (Daklak) for this trip. It's quite near to the border with Cambodia.
You are absolutely right about the rain here. We have almost dumped in the water for the whole trip. :lol3

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrphotoman (Post 21690622)
Looks like a great group of people to ride with. I really hope I get to go there in the next year or so.

Thanks. Come on over, different areas, different seasons offer you different feeling. :freaky

VietHorse 06-20-2013 11:22 PM

Ride till night time
 
Kept on riding, we almost forgot that the night has came. Distribute some dry food to all members, then we rode in the night.

Everyone was still excited about the ride, so none of us think of the destination that night. Just ride, continuously...
Reached a cross, the signboar says there are 40km more to the Bu Gia Map national park.
Stopped for rest and decided to station in the next 40km for the night:

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If you are US veteran from VN, you may know the place called Bom Bo. Well, it's a village name, and it was legend of Vietnam highland village during the last war. It was also 40km to reach Bom Bo village.

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VietHorse 06-20-2013 11:37 PM

Bu Gia Map national park
 
It rained for the whole 40km to Bu Gia Map.
We stopped at a cafe' in the village. I talked to the owner and he allowed us to use his cafe' floor for erect our tent.
Half an hour later, a friend of friend came and advised us not to stay there. He showed us a small Guesthouse nearby with cheap price and safer for us.

Well, it's here, $7.5 each room, aircon, hot water, secured bike park...:

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The guesthouse owner was so friendly. He gave us his kitchen to cook. He also gave us some local fruit.
We learned a lot about this area, as well as the stories about the route we are going to take in the next day.
One of the most impressive story that there were four accidents had been happened just last week, since the rain season started. That's because of lightning. People just died suddenly when traveling to work or to school.

It rained all night long.

Guesthouse 's gate in the next morning - no rain:
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Small market in the village:

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A buddy bought a pair of sandals. The other tried to be the seller. :D:

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Where in the world you can find this kind of transportation means? It's durable, reliable, and bloody cheap!

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We invited Guesthouse owner for a breakfast outside. He invited us a really nice coffee session.
Time for all paperwork endorsement for the access of Bu Gia Map national park:

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See the great adventure road just 1km away from the Guesthouse:
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VietHorse 06-20-2013 11:40 PM

Special road
 
We reached first Check point of the Frontier soldiers:

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Lots of information about the park, rule and regulation here:

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That's where we were heading to:

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Access granted:
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VietHorse 06-21-2013 09:20 AM

The road after the first check point - it's a concrete road, narrow, no traffic:

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Looked like we were going to the wild place:

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See how the road:
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A small bridge over the stream:
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VietHorse 06-21-2013 09:35 AM

My buddies:
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You can see the stickers on my saddle bag. That's how we show our ownership to our sea, our islands; against Chinese's Govt. invasion.

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Deeper and deeper into the forest:
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An open view where we saw some fields:
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And houses:
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The road sign says it's the patrol road, not a public one:

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VietHorse 06-21-2013 09:40 AM

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people here grow many dogs to protect their crops and animals:
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Xanh g m xanh thế!!!
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