Introduction: I was teething and in diapers when the Vietnam War was raging but I grew up with the images of Vietnam: footage of falling bombs, wounded GIs on stretchers, burning monks and screaming children fleeing across highways. As a teenager in the 1980s, I watched Hollywood action movies such as the Missing in Action and Rambo sagas which created this bizarre image in my mind that the Vietnamese were extremely evil and still torturing POWs. Fast forward to 2012: married, 3 year old daughter, mortgage and settled down. Over the last few months there have been several threads on Advrider pertaining to Vietnam that captivated me. My co-worker, Mike, was born in America from a Chinese father and Vietnamese mother. We both enjoy motorcycle riding and started talking about Vietnam. Mike hasn't visited Vietnam since he was a kid and within a few days we came up with a plan: ride motorcycles from Hanoi to Saigon in 7 days on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. For Mike, the trip would allow him to visit his aging grandparents and extended family in Saigon. For me, the trip would allow me to meet the people of this once tortured land and see the changes that have taken place since the war.