@Sideoff and I are in Seattle waiting to board a plane to Hong Kong as I type - and yes, I am sporting a face mask. Duh! Our trip began a few hours ago as we scurried around Portland gathering last minute supplies and finally, dropped our car off for safe keeping at our friends Joe and Becky’s house - they gave us a ride to the airport, thanks friends! Here we are at PDX with our pile of gear, about to check in. Our itinerary goes something like this... PDX>HKG>HANOI Pretty easy, especially considering we didn’t have tickets, bikes, or any planning for this trip as of 3 weeks ago. In fact, we were prepared for another trip entirely. I guess staying liquid is always good - because yes, plans do change. Last year, about this same time, @Sideoff and I were flying to Ethiopia. You can check out our 2019 rr here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/flying-to-ethiopia-today.1361713/ It was an ‘epic ride’ indeed. After our trip last year we kept the bikes in hopes of returning this winter for another ride, we planned to explore a few of the neighboring countries and the far NE corner of Ethiopia, which we didn’t see previously. We had flights booked Feb 1. As February got closer, the guys holding our bikes - Fistum and Babé - got harder and harder to get ahold of. Then they stopped responding altogether. We don’t know what happened, and at a certain point, (about three weeks before the trip) we decided there wasn’t much more we could do to find out where our bikes might be. Maybe we’ll never know what happened. It stings, but we’ll chalk it up to the exciting and mysterious world of buying and selling motorbikes in other countries. So! Enter Vietnam. About 3 weeks ago, we pulled the plug on our return trip to Ethiopia, and redirected our flights to Hanoi, Vietnam instead. There we have two Honda XR150s waiting, and 4 weeks free to travel. Vietnam makes it easy: in an hour we had flights booked (free with miles), bikes in Hanoi ($500 apiece for the month), and 30 day multiple-entry visas ($155 apiece). A plane ticket, a passport and a visa. That’s about all you REALLY need for a trip like this. Oh, and I guess having your own helmet is nice too (: Looking forward to keeping up with another rr on this trip. It was something I enjoyed a lot during our winter ride through Ethiopia last year - that was my first rr experience, and I was fascinated by the impact it had on my trip. Like a little diary, the reason to chronicle all of the sounds, smells and thoughts of my day. I really enjoyed sharing with you all. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I can’t wait to do it again! That is, if the nCoV doesn’t take me out mid-trip. I was cracking up today thinking about the people who believe the coronavirus’ cause to be Corona... the Mexican beer. Google searches reveal this alarming fact. SMH. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/...e-think-coronavirus-is-related-to-corona-beer I guess it’s a good thing I’m off the juice - no Coronas for me!