Next Stop Vietnam...and Laos

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. third eye

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    Thanks for your service, Dryfuse. I too am happy that 95monster was too young.
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    Bully dog, good on yah.

    Had to laugh, son said new years eve, what could go wrong.?? OMG.

    TET, was their lunar New Year, and from the 1st of January on for the next 4 months 1968 was absolute chaos. Heavy fighting just south of Danang for us,196th light infantry, 25 miles due west of Tam Khe.

    My captain wrote a book on it. THROUGH THE VALLEY, by James Humphries. Also 6 year POW Frank Anton, Why didn't you get me out, was released with John McCain, walked to Hanoi, took 6 months, 6ft 5, weighed just over 100lbs.


    Danang is nothing like then, looks stunning from the pics. We all think things freeze in time in our minds but not so, just marches on.

    See your 85, another year down, keep on trucking.

    Love the pictures, especially the food. Pho noodles my favorite, can taste them from the pics. Son is doing a great write up don't you think? loving it, you must be proud.

    Dryfuse
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  5. 95Monster

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    New Year’s Day, we rode over to pay our respects to the very tall Enlightened One. 522E1076-7246-42AE-AAAD-854DB9691330.jpeg F6EDBA87-FFB0-4278-A7DF-65D86C9C99CD.jpeg 2C5474DA-F218-434A-9B19-648BEA86E677.jpeg D3BCAF86-4795-45C9-B291-E7F55ADBE4D9.jpeg 86102466-CEB4-4166-974E-5B2F2CD8A680.jpeg 55209CEA-F7EB-45C2-9542-DE94ABFC2CE3.jpeg D775DEF9-5279-43CA-BDD5-EC6BA1ED000F.jpeg 0081F4BA-01FD-4762-B2A3-B72CB15FA985.jpeg
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    Had a pleasant ride along the coast to see the marble caves 6B36F6F2-03C6-421C-B320-1828A3EEFCD8.jpeg 3B4D545B-F932-4C4D-AC18-73EFFF9E844C.jpeg B3C24452-2A4D-4052-A236-4856BCAB6C4A.jpeg 493314B2-2E53-477D-9EDD-72DFA6C1B66C.jpeg This guy really wanted a hug. 93C2F6FD-B874-4DF7-BA69-9A957EA21F67.jpeg Lot of tourists and, like any place with tourists, a lot of aggressive hawkers. I couldn’t get away fast enough! 0D725A6F-BDD6-4CB2-BDE3-8EA585131936.jpeg D4DC5A90-4248-4764-9265-2CA2D4199EF4.jpeg BFC19B32-0B70-4D2F-A475-573B7707866F.jpeg
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    See lots of well fed big dogs, interesting. Most were small yappers in the little vills, made it tough on ambushes in those places, pretty much told the world you were there. They look happy, happier times I guess, better for sure.
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    The front brakes were shot on the XR and fortunately there was a Tigit office in Danang. 64F71C7C-1DED-4020-9655-B0DE7400E848.jpeg The mechanic is not there so the guy minding the shop test rides the bike and says it is fine. I laugh and say it’s not fine. Feel the lever. So he takes the lever off, cleans and re installs then says it’s fixed. I say no (meanwhile he’s calling the mechanic for advice). Then he tells me it’s because of the rain and there’s water in the brake drum. I laugh and say “change the fucking pads or give me the tools and let me do it. So another call to the mechanic and he says “5 minutes.” So I wait a while. Decide to bail. He says “5 minutes” again. I can feel my blood sugar dropping and my anger rising.

    And the mechanic shows up. Quickly he has the pads out, cleans the calipers, installs new pads, bleeds the system, tightens the steering head, adjusts the chain and I’m on my way. B9DD06CF-42A0-4934-9B85-767371BC49E5.jpeg And I ride directly to a noodle house! D082C0A8-BE94-443F-98F3-0CE3CE3E9C69.jpeg
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    See lots of well fed big dogs, interesting. Most were small yappers in the little vills, made it tough on ambushes in those places, pretty much told the world you were there. They look happy, happier times I guess, better for sure.[/QUOTE]
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    Another wet day. D45F2DC1-7A16-4F44-B35E-00D0A4175BCB.jpeg 89E54E89-BFA2-4F4E-820F-49C4DC683E38.jpeg D1463756-A861-4CC9-B76A-9E9F30CE6A11.jpeg 3461A35F-38A9-4096-8A2B-19E5F46C7EDF.jpeg 8A5C6775-6F85-4C7E-8031-6909BAADA6BD.jpeg 466C2738-FB32-4068-B8ED-180200A3FDF3.jpeg 36B1535A-F001-4E3A-AA91-FEBF26C3C7F3.jpeg 71BA983E-9365-4662-A895-0D1DFE4CC0F4.jpeg B38DE6DA-92CB-4910-93BA-36A180476B99.jpeg But there’s always soup.
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    The guy running the garage at our hotel in Danang was excited to tell me his father was a soldier who fought alongside the American. He beamed as he told me his Dad was a Sargent who died on the battlefield while he was in his Mama’s belly. I shook his hand, bowed and jumped into the elevator. I had no words.
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    Onwards to Phong Nha 7356A00D-F232-43F9-B762-021E7052A9B7.jpeg EEF8C55B-F1E0-44E0-99E0-06467439949C.jpeg 0622E4FF-FBBE-4DA7-B87A-E822B70AE298.jpeg 5461FCD3-A384-430B-B951-BE6BAC047927.jpeg AEADB71B-F5B4-499A-BB76-A449DAF5F644.jpeg 01C043CF-EABD-4041-8F38-C4F1A6B809B4.jpeg 6EF6A9E1-8729-4B2A-A1E3-395B942E6A5E.jpeg 5000A556-8C2A-4A61-A621-2AC82AB6A28E.jpeg
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    At 1000km intervals, oil changes on the XR are pretty frequent. Oil service is d130,000. (Approximately $5.60) 2342A97E-08B4-4528-A73A-E568EE0B9082.jpeg 386D3535-813C-4DE9-A901-F3307FA0C0ED.jpeg Lubed up and looking for lunch. Somehow I’m skeptical of this flavor. 87A9F153-B15E-4C20-A8F5-0220B5D07BF3.jpeg The rain’s back again. A6B4F895-B526-4CB8-8BDA-5B5B800F82FD.jpeg 2EEAA5FE-C1CC-4E7C-8BA5-0FCEB3A6C631.jpeg FBD89339-E206-43E2-91AB-18C2249107AC.jpeg E7BF114F-C494-4F2D-9640-E03F3BA03D41.jpeg
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    19EDF9B7-4EA3-44A9-A942-6D11D633748A.jpeg Morning rain. That’s a surprise. 92F93BB8-3A1A-4A00-BA43-B87913ED108F.jpeg The view from our home stay in Ninh Binh. 1876F19D-90F5-43C3-8575-68607630C6D8.jpeg We headed northeast towards Ha Long bay. Catching the ferry to Cat Bai 59305ED9-54A5-4CBD-846C-4AAF3D3D50BA.jpeg Hey it’s dry here! BEDD5B02-5F99-4E28-B485-887CFB05F1C9.jpeg 647786E2-8C4F-4EAB-BB60-ED8A0DFBEF1E.jpeg 545BE892-0975-4AFC-974C-E571FA9FC636.jpeg B2B05EDC-9BB7-4D84-A445-D41D08151DB7.jpeg 19EDF9B7-4EA3-44A9-A942-6D11D633748A.jpeg
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    We took a little boat trip today. Fishing huts around Cat Bai. All seem to come with dogs. Must be tough to walk them. 81AE3666-D036-45FC-83D2-892C36D857CB.jpeg 59684236-D6C2-4B62-B60E-88C951A1EFE1.jpeg 120939D0-23CF-4E37-A25E-6EFA5D6BDFD7.jpeg CB2B2800-4E5E-4294-8B02-D889184D71DD.jpeg 8D284A20-FE68-441C-AEAB-7026C59ECB59.jpeg C1AB2D6B-8B73-4365-A891-63A642C5F8D7.jpeg 0B0C3CA0-8C34-4111-91EC-C95F281453F5.jpeg 8A6687B2-2E04-49AB-8A45-57EE5B9B4A60.jpeg
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