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Old 06-12-2014, 07:59 PM   #7201
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Great report!!

I'm not sure if you are a better writer or a better RTW rider… either way, keep up the good work… paaaauuuuleeeese!?!
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:26 PM   #7202
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Question Around the World in 800 Days

Hi Ed; What tires did you use while doing the Americas? What degree sleeping bag did you use while in the Americas? Thanks.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:22 AM   #7203
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But thank, seriously thank you for your appreciation about VIETNAM.



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Time for the South East Asia Awards Show.

Best roads: Vietnam
This came as a big surprise to me. I heard that lots of kids going over there, buying a scooter and touring around. But i thought they did it because it was cheap and trendy. My trip started out in the far south side of the country in Mekong Delta. I headed to Saigon first and the road was boring, straight with tons of traffic and crazy drivers. And north of Saigon wasn't much better. Things got better around DaLat, but it wasn't until i got north of Danang did i see the real Vietnam. South of Danang, the Ho Chi Minh trail is just a boring, crowded road. North of Danang, it turns it to a wild snake of a road thru some very remote mountains. And the traffic pretty much disappears. But just when I thought it couldn't get any better, i headed up to the extreme north of the country along the border with China. OMG. WOW. Holy S*#t.
The road dips and dives thru rugged canyons with views that tempt you to take your eyes off the road but you can't because your penelty for error is a free fall of about 2000 feet to the river below. In fact, i have to rate these roads in the top 3 roads i have ridden on so far. Definitely not at the top (Pato Canyon in Peru still remains safely at the top of my list), but it is right up there with the best.

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Best food: Vietnam
While Thailand was a close second (Pad Thai :-) ), i think i preferred the food in Vietnam more because they had more meat in their diet. To be honest, i had a hard time finding good food in most of the countries because I was getting sick of rice and noodles all of the time.

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Best girls: Vietnam. This one was tough because it is almost a "same same" thing here again......at least for me. All the girls had these cute skinny little figures, if you like that sort of thing - and I do. Not much on top butt not much on the bottom either. Asian chicks have beautiful skin which seems to keep them young looking. But i preferred the girls in Vietnam because they had lighter skin, soft beautiful faces and a sense of fashion. In Cambodia, the girls were also beautiful and had a little darker skin and a wider face. I also noticed a little more on top as well. If i spent more time in Myanmar, i might have ranked them tops. Some of the long neck Karin tribe gals we striking. I need to go back there and investigate this more.

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Best country: Thailand.
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A very close second and a big surprise was Vietnam
. Perhaps even friendlier people there and more outgoing. None of the other 52 countries i traveled to did i come out to find someone sitting on my bike taking pictures for their facebook page without asking first. But in Vietnam, it was the norm and to be expected. And afterall, i was on a huge 250 cc motorbike. And no where else in the world did i receive such a warm welcome from fellow riders. They took care of me like their own brother. Some infact called me their bother. And many thanks for that. There was hardly a hint of communism left in the country that i could see but i knew it was there when i looked. But it was not the evil empire our governments led us to believe it was. I was both terrified riding thru the major cities and exhilerated at the same time. Going with the flow with a bit more speed, one thumb on the horn and two fingers over the from brake got me thru it all in one piece. All that combined with some of the best roads in the world will call me back.

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Best experience: Many come to mind.
Riding with 25 new Vietnamese friends on cool, big bikes on the Mae Hong Son loop in Thailand

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Dalat Vietnam
The ride along the Chinese border in Vietnam

But if i were to pick just one moment it would have to be getting this British chick with no riding experience up to Hanoi after riding 1000 miles together on the Ho Chi Minh trail with only a few bumps and scrapes. That was priceless.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:38 AM   #7204
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Holly.....
But thank, seriously thank you for your appreciation about VIETNAM.

No - THANK YOU
it was your club and all its member that made my trip to Vietnam all that much more special.
And for that, i am forever indebted to you all

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Old 06-13-2014, 07:58 AM   #7205
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Hi Ed; What tires did you use while doing the Americas? What degree sleeping bag did you use while in the Americas? Thanks.
I have been using the Heidenau k60 scouts on my ride.
They are long wearing, have good grip on the dirt and pavement and are super tough.

For sleeping bags, on my BMW, for four season riding, i have a zero degree, down-filled super compressable sleeping bag (needed it an more on the volcanoes in Mexico and Bolivia
I have a lightweight 45 degree down-filled bag that has seen better days but is super duper compressable (size of a grape fruit)
And i can combine those two on those extra cold nights if needed (see Boliva)
And a silk sheet that packs down to the size of a cell phone.
Yes, a lot of stuff, but i sleep well at night
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:13 AM   #7206
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Thumb Asia report

Thanks Ed for the Asia report, I will save the info. for my future plan
Have fun fishing and be safe. Cold beers waiting for your return
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:20 AM   #7207
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...But if i were to pick just one moment it would have to be getting this British chick with no riding experience up to Hanoi after riding 1000 miles together on the Ho Chi Minh trail with only a few bumps and scrapes. That was priceless....
and getting caught in the tent doing it by the old lady of the house didn't make the list at all!?!
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:25 AM   #7208
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Tw*t
you sure do like to troll this board. how about you fish elsewhere?
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:29 AM   #7209
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:19 AM   #7210
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and getting caught in the tent doing it by the old lady of the house didn't make the list at all!?!
I wasn't sure if I should have categorized that one as a highlight or a low light. Looking back at it though, it was freaking hilarious
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:58 PM   #7211
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:27 PM   #7212
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I think my highlight was that night on the beach with the fireworks and our 'friend'.....

Do you remember what happened?

Now that was hilarious! ;D
You mean this little prick?
I can't even repeat some of bad names he called me.
And yes, i remember what you told me on the beach when you saw the fireworks


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Old 06-13-2014, 01:29 PM   #7213
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I think my highlight was that night on the beach with the fireworks and our 'friend'.....

Do you remember what happened?

Now that was hilarious! ;D
Oh, wait
I just got which "friend" you were talking about
Lol
Yeah, he was a jerk too
No wonder i ranked Cambodia last
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:28 PM   #7214
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When I saw "Flying Dutchman" in the headlines today I thought Ed finally made the news

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Old 06-13-2014, 03:00 PM   #7215
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When I saw "Flying Dutchman" in the headlines today I thought Ed finally made the news

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