Next morning convened in front of the Saigon Kim Lien Vinh hotel.
First stop was at a war museum in Vinh:
Mark taking care of business.
Some young women soldiers were there:
Unfurled the trip banner:
Heading out of Vinh:
Headed south on Route 1:
Traffic thinned out pretty quickly:
We headed inland (west) on small roads to Donh Loc intersection, which was a main junction for supply lines during the war and is widely recognized in Vietnam as the start of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Vinh was a rail terminus for supplies coming down from Haiphong harbor, where they were loaded onto trucks and moved toward west up and over Mu Gia pass and into Laos. There is in fact a 'Kilometer 0' marker for the H
o Chi Minh trail outside of Vinh.