I have a 10 day ride planned for this October starting and ending in Hanoi. The ride will go through the mountain region northwest of Hanoi (along the Chinese and Laos borders). I have been planning the trip for years and it is to celebrate my retirement. The friend I was planning to go with recently had a bad crash and will not be able to go. None of my other riding buddies can go. I have been to Northern Vietnam once before but not on a bike, and IMO it is an amazing place and this is bound to be an incredible experience. There is a great guide/interpreter (not thru a bike travel agency, but a professional guide who rides and who led my trip before), rental bikes, an itinerary, etc. already in place. I could easily go by myself, but I do not want to go alone, mainly because I want to be able to share the experience of being immersed in a very different culture with another person who is not Vietnamese. I know hooking up with a stranger online and traveling together is risky (not everyone travels or rides well together), but if anyone is interested, we could communicate quite a lot beforehand and try to check out our compatibility. I am an experienced world traveler and, I think, pretty easy to travel with (e.g., not picky about food, where to sleep, sight-seeing, different cultures, etc.). So, if anyone might be interested in possibly going, PM/Convo me and ask any questions, etc.