Around the World in 800 Days

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. colemadad

    colemadad Adventurer

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    Especially if they're dependent on having a current girlfriend; or more superficially, of pictures of her in a bikini - not that I don't enjoy that too. You've got to look deeper than that. I enjoy a lot of things that you do and what you write about but if it's all about who's watching you, you're doomed for a crash. It appears that you and many of those who feel you need defending don't see it but I'm actually a fan. I'm a fan of FD177 the adventurer, not of FD177 who feels the need for an audience and who appears to be on the brink of soliciting sponsorship from couch potato individuals like me, who seem to need their FD177 "fix". Come on man, do what you can with what you have today, appreciate humbly that the cosmos has put you in a position to do what you do - including the upside and downside, and if the rest needs to be put off til tomorrow, that's ok too. I've never felt the need to express an opinion in this kind of forum - the fact that I am here says that I am affected in some way - wish I could get Chimay beer locally, for instance; can't, but you've made it a quest. Believe it or not - with envy, all the best.
  2. Red Herring

    Red Herring Gnarly Commuter

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    That's too bad about Kathe Lalo. However, she created some great memories for you, but there are lots more in the making. Maybe now you can resume posting pictures of the lovely local fauna and flora?

    And when you get someone to weld on your machine, see if they can gusset that subframe while they are at it.
  3. nameless

    nameless 100% recyclable

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    hmm, if she wants to come and visit you, and she has a job that pays quite well and gets her special prices for flights probably, then what does your money has to do with that? If the reason she won't travel to a beautiful place in the world, to see you is because you won't pay for the trip.... then i would venture saying that you might be better off...as hard as that sounds, sorry to say it bluntly...

    I for one am not stop reading just because the bikini shots cease...i'm here for the fantastic adventure you're letting us ride along :D

    When you come back to Europe to get your bike we should try and arrange a meet up with some of the people that read this and are in Europe :), that could be fun..

    Anyway, thanks for sharing and continue to live the moment, the next minute is never certain :lol3
  4. mediaguy

    mediaguy Adventurer

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    Bus's, planes and trains. There will be another one along in a moment.
  5. Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice Adventurer

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    Ed, what an awesome RR. Tell Miss Peru (wow, is she beautiful) that she can have you all to herself in 400 days. That's not to much to ask is it?

    What an adventure!!!
  6. mary

    mary Been here awhile

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    Welcome back!

    Looking forward to the continued adventure.

    If you do a book... I would love to own a copy... just let us know when it's released.

    Mary
  7. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    That's right, i am in vietnam......with my own motorcycle
    I was told there was slim to no chance that i would get my CRF in to Vietnam.
    My plan was to fly in and just buy or rent some little piece of crap for the month.
    But i figured i would give it a try. Some people make it in with their own bike but most are turned away.
    I crossed at the southern most border with Cambodia.
    I pulled up to the Cambodian side to get stamped out and they told me to try and get stamped in first on the Vietnam side.......not a good sign as the Cambodians felt i was not getting in to Vietnam and they didn't want to do any work before i could prove i was getting in with my moto in to Vietnam.
    Everything was going smoothly on the Vietnam side. They stamped me in and sent me to the next window.
    There they noticed that i didn't have any stamps from Cambodia in my passport. I got the visa but my passport was never officially stamped in because if you remember, i just rode right past the guys telling me to stop. And after two failed attempts to enter Cambodia, i thought it was my best choice. But now it was holding me up getting in to vietnam.
    I went back to the Cambodia side with my passport to get it stamped out but they wouldn't stamp it out because it was never stamped in. The guys at the border were saying you have a big problem, which i figured they were setting me up for some payoffs.
    After a lot of phone calls and discussion about what to do, the tone somehow changed from it being a big problem to ......hey, my friend, it's no problem. All of a sudden they were being so nice to me. They gave me a chair to sit in in the shade and brought me a bottle of cold water from their ice chest.
    After that, i was getting really worried but i kept the smile on my face and din't show my concern. The guy left somewhere with my passport on his scooter. As i sat there waiting, i began to realize that my moto was about 500 meters away, out of my sight on the Vietnam side and maybe they were stalling me so they could steal my gps and my other stuff from my bike. About 10 minutes later, the guy came back with my passport and gave me a smile and said again it was no problem. He handed it to another guy and he looked at it for about five minutes and then i heard the stamp and two seconds later, my passport was back in to my hands. And i was free to leave the country.
    I hopped on a guy's scooter and he gave me a ride back to the Vietnam side where my moto was being gaurded by the police. And nothing was touched.
    And once the Vietnam guys saw my Cambodia exit stamp, they waived me on in.
    It would have been so easy if not for my missing stamp. vietnam didn't give me any papers saying my moto was temporarily imported. All they did was look at my green book title, my passport and my Thai driver's license. They didn't care what size my moto was or anything
    So there you have it, i got my bike in . I think the biggest reason i got in was because i was traveling alone.
    The groups of two or more just call attention to themselves
    And i think the reason a lot of people get turned away is because of bad communication. I was almost turned away because i didn't have my stamp and they thought that i had snuck in to the country but once it was found out what had actually happened, then it bacame no problem
    I have been here in Vietnam for about 7 hours now and i can say the people are very friendly. I have had so many people come up and talk to me and taking pictures of me.
    In this picture below, these guys asked me to join them for dinner because they saw i was alone.
    After several beers and toasts, we were are best friends even though their English was like a five year old.

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  8. val4215

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    That's how you spell relief :clap
  9. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Good on you for entering vietnam.. only few can say they have done that and you are one of them! :clap

    I bet Noah is jealous and that's good way of getting back to him after spending a night in the room next to him when he was with his gf. :lol3
  10. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you in Nam :clap:clap:clap
    Say hi to my Uncle Ho :lol3 and try not to pee on him this time.:evil
  11. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Nice, very nice. Anyway whats the problem to enter the country with your bike? Or any other bigger bike???
  12. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I am not sure. Everyone was telling me it was not really possible.....but here i am
  13. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Yes, i am going to pay my respects to the man.......or at least his dead body at the museum
    And i promise to keep my pee pee in my pants
  14. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I was really not expecting to get in to Vietnam with my moto and so soon.
    So now that i am here, i am not really sure where to go or what to do.
    I spent the night in a guest house close to the border with wifi so i could do some trip planning.
    I now have a rough plan which brings me in to ho chi ming city today so i can get the sub frame repaired and strenghtened, get a new air filter (i hope) and some new tires.
    From there, i will make my way north.
    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated
  15. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Congratulations Lalo! Now that your in, and on your own bike, I'm really looking forward to seeing your adventures in the country. From what I've seen, I think you're gonna love Vietnam.
  16. Marine By Choice

    Marine By Choice Sergeant 0311

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    When you get to Chu Lai (on the South China Sea) spend a couple days at the beach. Fantastic
    Also the mountain village of Dalat is worth seeing!
    Safe travels



  17. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Now what???
    You gonna be knocked down. No wonder!!

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  18. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I will be at your place in 15 minutes. Have them cold and hold the ice
  19. Throttle8

    Throttle8 n00b

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    Wow! just read the whole report ( over a couple of days ) its awesome and I don't even own a bike! hopefully soon though.

    My wife asked what the heck have i been looking at for so long so i showed her bits and parts and now she is asking "well what's happening now!"

    Stay safe, and thanks for all your effort in writing this report it is really entertaining. cant wait to see the next instalment.

    First post ever for me i think your report is great keep it up.
  20. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Having dinner and more than a few beers with fellow AdvRider Viethorse in Ho Chi Minh City

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