Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 2013 was very much my introduction to what is generally referred to as “adventure motorcycling” – a vague term that seems to have many definitions…
For me it means traveling by motorcycle to somewhere you would probably not visit normally and where the journey involves a strong element of adventure!
I chose Vietnam because it’s a country I really like and have visited many times, but almost always on business which limited me to the larger cities and developed areas.
It’s long been an ambition of mine to explore the remoter areas and understand a bit more about the legendary, but somewhat mysterious, Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Doing that exploration on a classic, if idiosyncratic, Russian Ural motorcycle while raising much-needed funds for the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation seemed a perfect way to ease myself back in the saddle.
Little did I realize that I would meet several like-minded individuals who were also seeking an introduction to adventure motorcycling and we would go on to ride the Himachal Pradesh route in the Indian Himalayas in 2014 and Tibet later this year – all in support of Blue Dragon!
I documented the adventures in Vietnam riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail in a five-page article called “On the Road Again” that has just been published in Overland Magazine, which you can download by clicking on the link.