Wafer (my girlfriend) and I are sitting in the airport in Taipei. Next stop Hanoi. Plan: - rent a Honda Winner 150 in Hanoi - head Northwest to the border with China - follow the border in a clockwise arc until we hit the ocean - head back to Hanoi We *should* be doing this trip in the fall after the rainy season subsides, but Wafer had a family reunion in Taipei this week, so we are heading out just before the rainy season begins...or so we hope... Flew EVA Air from LAX to Taipei last week, stepped off the plane 14hrs 52min after stepping onto it: Taiwan exceeded our expectations in every way. Great food, friendly people, amazingly clean and organized. It was Wafers first time back since her family emigrated to Canada when she was 7 years old. Although we didn't do any riding in Taiwan, the east side of the island looks perfect for moto, especially mid-week. The roads are in great shape, the population density is low (on the east side), and the mountains go right to the sea. Traffic is perfectly sane here, almost Japanese like. Scooters and motos are prevelant, I'm guessing the ratio is 80pct scooters, 20pct motos. Next time we come back to Taiwan it will be a moto trip. There just wasn't any time this trip.