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Old 12-18-2011, 02:01 AM   #16
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Ok we hit town for a look see, it wasn't a very attractive town

saw lots of these little electric scooters mostly with teenagers on board

and the local market which was same same

At the market the vendors had gradually moved their stalls onto the road as we're walking along suddenly people are up and running around and yelling.Police in several trucks swoop in and start confiscating vendors stock and fittings and we're just standing in the middle of it dumbstrck .
Then the police leave amongst much yelling and arguing.
It's an infringement to set up a stall on this street apparently, didn't get a pic, police can be touchy about things like that.
So went in search of a cold beer,local trend is fruit in fridge, beer on shelf so a cold one's hard to find.
Found one finally

the lady shop keeper posed for a pic but strangely when we asked for a second beer she put them in a plastic bag with ice to go, oh well. Dinner at hotel, ok
Next day a short trip to Quang Uyen Which was uneventful but scenic



to our homestay

beds

this is the view out the back door


as we arrived about 10 or 11 am we unloaded as we were going to do a loop to the border with china


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Old 12-19-2011, 01:08 AM   #17
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The road out of town was so so but there was a brilliant jade green stream running next to it. the road wound up into the countryside




and through some point of interest


until we reached the river on the border


this was the last section of road to our lunch stop. This shots downhill we went up

A stop here so Linh could arrange entry and we would come back here for lunch



the floating platforms bring chinese tourists right up to the falls



Mick and Justin and Trish all went for a swim



the view from the road

the ride back was mostly in the rain so, much mud and not good for photos but the bikes got a squirt when we got back

Dinner and beer and rice wine this is the night the rice wine made me speak in tongues so to bed

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Old 12-21-2011, 04:42 AM   #18
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We left Quang Uyen and headed towards Lang Son
We came to a fork in the road after some very nice road twisties


On the next twisties David decided to lie down

A bit later we stopped at a cafe next too the loacal bike dealer to attended David's wounds

You can have one of these Chinese beauties for $700 us


A stop to arrange lunch a stone's throw from where we are

back on the road and a bit later Mick needs a lie down, lucky it was dirt. but here he proves he's OK

After we check into our hotel we walk to a local temple


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Old 12-22-2011, 03:45 AM   #19
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Our hotel in Lang son was very nice and Linh and I had to show off our new windcheaters purchased at the night market. It got a bit chilly at night and I didn't take anything warmer than a shirt


The trip back to Ha Noi down the highway was pretty uneventful


except for these buffalo which were determined to cut in front of me



Untitled from gavin dodgey on Vimeo.





As a side note in the 4 weeks we were in Vietnam we did do another bike trip for 1 day near Sapa
$5 to hire a bike for the day-- bargain
in the morning we headed toward Lai Chau over Vietnam highest pass Tran Tom and returned, great road


silver falls if memory serves






you see all sort of things on bikes




To this place in Sapa for lunch

then back down the road we had driven along on our way back from walk to H'mong villages the day before









well worth the trouble, In fact hiring bikes and doing our own thing was the best day

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Old 12-22-2011, 04:12 AM   #20
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:19 AM   #21
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Nice pics and RR Gav.. Will have to get over there myself now. Now why am I not surprised that David got zapped for speeding and for lying the bike down
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:52 AM   #22
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Wow....awesome trip! Thanks for sharing.

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Old 12-28-2011, 11:41 PM   #23
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:27 AM   #24
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Great ride report!! We went with Offroad on a trip in November on the Ho Chi Mihn Trail Trip. Seeing you report makes want to schedule a North trip soon.

Heres a picture of one of the XR's on your tip getting some air near Mia Chau



Thanks for taking the time to do the RR. What a great place.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:15 AM   #25
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Very nice ride report. I spent '70-'73 in RVN and Laos in the employ of Uncle Sugar. Flying out on insertions I was always astounded by the beauty of the country. I've been back 3 times since then. First time I went, I was rather tentative, wondering how I would be received. For the most part, people seem to treat the war as ancient history and were so friendly and accepting. In each of the subsequent visits, it has been interesting to see the remarkable changes to the country. I've not traveled up north as a tourist, your report give me the bug to go back for another visit.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:30 AM   #26
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OMG X Infinity!!!!!!!! I love reports like this. It makes me re-think how much I take for granted. Thanks for sharing. :)
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:00 AM   #27
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Thanks for the report and pics Gav. (just stumbled on it)

Looks like you had a great trip.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:10 PM   #28
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Edit of video footage (mostly from Justin and Mick) plus some pics




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vids. Makes me what to leave and go they right now
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