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Forum: Ride reports 02-25-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 151
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Posted By SoloSurfer
Answers to your questions...

Hey Shaun, good questions. :clap

First off - we felt as though 1 month worked well for us. That being said, we had a fairly strict schedule traveling from Hanoi, into the north, and then back...
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
iPhone Gorilla Mount

I had one of those 'Gorilla Mounts' by Joby that worked great. http://joby.com/smartphones/griptight-gorillapod-magnetic

I then strapped that mini-tripod onto my chest-strap of my day pack... it...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 3,984
Views: 1,943,298
Posted By SoloSurfer
Big Bikes in 'Nam = Bad News Bears

I second/third this motion Noah. We all love big bikes, no question about it, but in 'Nam, big bikes would be a message for disaster... not a 'potential' disaster, but true ugly disaster.
...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Exciting!

You are very welcome Keith. With all due respect, I'm sure it'll be a 'trip' going back after 50+ years, good for you. I'm certain you will have an excellent time in Vietnam.

Feel free to PM...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Glad you enjoyed...

Glad to hear I can help out. And yes, these reports are time consuming but SO worth it. Like I said before,... I was able to get tons of inspiration for both my Central America Moto trip (below)...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Picture sizes?

Glad you liked the report. It was fun re-living the trip through the pictures and stories. And yeah, don't know what happened with my pictures I was importing from Blogger but they went extra-large...
Forum: Ride reports 02-20-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Trip Overview, Budgets, Costs, Summary, Final Thoughts...

Vietnam - Top to Bottom: Final Summary:


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DMd6jJQsjGU/Uwa_MCRBxGI/AAAAAAAACrc/TBSsA3Sfl7E/s1600/IMG_1270.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 02-20-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Language?

Good question. You could always get by... but at times, it was somewhat frustrating especially in less 'touristy' areas (Eg. see Day 6 - Sunday November 10 = dinner experience).

We figured out...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Hanoi to Seoul, Korea

Day 28/29 - Monday/Tuesday, December 2/3
Distance - ~2740 kms = 4 hrs (flight from Hanoi to Seoul, Korea)
Trip Odometer = 3291 kms (Total for Vietnam trip on bikes)
Route - Flight from Hanoi to...
Forum: Ride reports 02-18-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Hanoi chaos!

You are welcome. It was a great trip. :rofl

I just added another traffic video from Hanoi in my most recent post, I'd like to call it 'organized-chaos!'. (I also have another one I'll add 'by...
Forum: Ride reports 02-18-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
HCMC to Hanoi ~1700kms in x2 hrs!

Day 27 - Sunday, December 1
Distance - ~1700 kms = 2 hrs (flight from HCMC to Hanoi)
Trip Odometer = 3291 kms (Total for trip on bikes)
Route - Up, up and away. Flight from HCMC to Hanoi on...
Forum: Ride reports 02-17-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Nope and nope.

I've only ever ridden a Ducati (1098) once and it was back in 2011. It was a very short love-affair. Took her for a zip north of Encinitas and back - a loop totaling ~8 miles mostly on the PCH. It...
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Last day of riding in Vietnam! From Mui Ne to Saigon (HCMC)

Day 26 - Saturday, November 30
Distance - 205 kms = total for day ~ 7 hrs
Trip Odometer = 3291 kms (Total for trip)
Route - Hwy #1 west of Mui Ne (through Phan Thiet) into District 1 - Ho Chi...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Dalat to Mui Ne

Day 25 - Friday, November 29
Distance - 187 kms = total for day ~ 6 hrs
Trip Odometer = 3086 kms
Route - South of Dalat on Hwy #20 to Di Linh then south on #28 to #1 to Mui Ne = Beach!
Hotel - ...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Thanks!

Thanks muchly... :clap Getting close to the grand finale of the trip... Cheers.
Forum: Ride reports 02-12-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Moto-tacular! The amazing road from Nha Trang - Dalat...

Day 24 - Thursday, November 28
Distance - 142 kms = total for day ~ 5 hrs
Trip Odometer = 2899 kms
Route - West from Nha Trang on Hwy #2 and (#723) to Dalat - AMAZING ROAD!
Hotel - Dreams 2...
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Nha Trang - relax day.

Day 23 - Wednesday, November 27
Distance - 0 kms = total for day ~ 0 hrs (actually ~10km solo around Nha Trang)
Trip Odometer = 2757 kms
Route - Nha Trang area relax day.
Hotel - Ha Van Hotel -...
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Thanks!

Hey Brent... I had a chat with Pat's folks in Cabo a few weeks back and they told me about Pat's blog. Looks like he and Tig had a great trip to Vietnam as well.

Hope you are keeping well. ...
Forum: Ride reports 02-10-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Quy Nhon - Nha Trang

Day 22 - Tuesday, November 26
Distance - 224 kms = total for day ~ 7.5 hrs
Trip Odometer = 2757 kms
Route - South from Quy Nhon on Hwy #1D then Hwy #1 to Nha Trang.
Hotel - Ha Van Hotel ($32...
Forum: Ride reports 02-09-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều

Thanks SO much Viethorse. :clap

As mentioned earlier in this RR, I found your Vietnam links very useful in planning my trip, I can only hope that others find my RR helpful as well.

Cheers! ...
Forum: Ride reports 02-08-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
305kms on Hwy #1 - South, south, south!

Day 21 - Monday, November 25
Distance - 305 kms = total for day ~ 9 hrs!
Trip Odometer = 2533 kms
Route - South from Hoi An on Hwy #1 to Quy Nhon.
Hotel - Hoang Yen Hotel ($31 US)
Weather - ...
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Hoi An relax

Day 20 - Sunday, November 24
Distance - 0 kms = total for day ~ 0 hrs (actually ~10km to the beach n' back)
Trip Odometer = 2218 kms
Route - Hoi An area relax day.
Hotel - Ha An Hotel - Hoi An...
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Hoi An

Hoi An was great, we both really enjoyed our x2 nights there.

Didn't make it to Marble Mtn. unfortunately... couldn't do it all.
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Cheers!

Thanks Charlie. Vietnam will be waiting for your return... :thumb
Forum: Ride reports 02-04-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
...Like sleeping on concrete...

Good question... and my answer, whether it be a $10/night place, or a $55/night place, the beds were all over the map in terms of hardness - price didn't seem to be much of a factor.

I would say...
Forum: Ride reports 02-04-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Cheers!

Thanks Stan. 9 more days to post on this long, drawn-out 'Nam RR... I'm enjoying re-living it too even though it is only 2 months old now :rofl

Hope your winter is going well in the PNW :D
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Flat Tire and the Hai Van Pass

Day 19 - Saturday, November 23
Distance - 140 kms = total for day ~ 5 hrs
Trip Odometer = 2218 kms
Route - South from Hue on Hwy #1 to Hai Van Pass then south on #1 to #608 east to Hoi An. ...
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2014, 10:59 AM
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Posted By SoloSurfer
Yes!

Excellent Noah!

I hope to update my RR today and it should cover the same section into Danang over the Hai Van Pass - an amazing stretch.

You nailed it bang-on about driving/riding in...
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Our Palace in Hue...

Day 18 - Friday, November 22
Distance - 235 kms = total for day ~ 7 hrs
Trip Odometer = 2078 kms
Route - South on HCMT from Phong Nha to Ben Quan then east on #571 to Hwy #1. South along Hwy...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Parks cave tour

Day 17 - Thursday, November 21
Distance - 0 kms = total for day ~ 0 hrs by bike
Trip Odometer = 1843 kms
Route - Phong Nha caves tour excursion
Hotel - Phong Nha Farmstay (700,000d = $35)...
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Phong Nha Farmstay - our oasis...

Day 16 - Wednesday, November 20
Distance - 142 kms = total for day ~ 3.5 hrs
Trip Odometer = 1843 kms
Route - Huong Khe - Phong Nha Farmstay. South from Huong Khe on HCMT (Ho Chi Minh Trail)...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Cabo Break!

Hola ADVers,

It hasn't been snowing much in BC so I decided to fly down to Cabo for a week to wait it out. My OldMan is down here, and he is normally up to all kinds of no-good, so I figured I'd...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Hanoi!

Thanks. When do you fly to Hanoi? Planning a Moto-trip?? PM me with any questions what-so-ever. And it isn't 'stealing ideas' here on ADV, it is more like, 'building your trip' based on what...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Radioman!

Thanks Mark. Wow, I'm honored you found my Little'Nam RR :clap

I've been following you from the get-go and you are a true inspiration. Thank-you so much for your positive outlook on life, your...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3,984
Views: 1,943,298
Posted By SoloSurfer
Vietnam RR

Hey Noah,

Turns out, we were in Seoul at the same time! (We flew home from Vietnam Dec 1 and spend Dec 2 in Seoul)

Thanks for the plug with my Vietnam RR, should take me a few more weeks to...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Yen Cat to Huong Khe

Day 15 - Tuesday, November 19
Distance - 240 kms = total for day ~ 6-7 hrs
Trip Odometer = 1701 kms
Route - Yen Cat - Huong Khe. South from Yen Cat on HCMT (Ho Chi Minh Trail) Hwy #15 to Huong...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Chopsticks and the Twilight Zone Hotel

Day 14 - Monday, November 18
Distance - 160 kms = total for day ~ 6-7 hrs
Trip Odometer = 1461 kms
Route - Mai Chau - Yen Cat. South from Mai Chau on Hwy #15 to Ngoc Lac, then HCMT (Ho Chi Minh...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Vietnam Costs...

Hey Shafty, thanks for the shout-out.

I plan to do a full costs overview at the end of this RR - hopefully I'll have enough steam to pull that off. (Bikes, hotels, food, tours, fuel etc.)

As...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Oil Changes, Vietnamese models and corn... lots of corn.

Day 13 - Sunday, November 17
Distance - 180 kms = total for day ~ 6 hrs
Trip Odometer = 1302 kms
Route - Son La - Mai Chau. South from Son La on Hwy #6, then off on Hwy #15 to Mai Chau.
Hotel...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 30,375
Posted By SoloSurfer
Thanks ALL!

I didn't end up finding gloves until Sapa and I was only able to find these crap 'fleece' ones - they managed to keep my hands warm at higher elevations, but that was it, they were bothersome...
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