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Old 06-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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Yeah, as what you see on this topic title, my trip was done during raining season in South of Vietnam. Great experience to me, so far.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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It is really my desired trip since I started thinking about adventure riding.
We was planning for the trip within April, however, we seemed not quite like the sunny season, so that why the trip was took place in June, where the rain comes.
Four bikers for the trip, and two more joined from highland, just go, don't care where to stop end of the day.

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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Gathered at our friendly cafe', friends came to see us off:


Really excited for the coming ride:


What point for a shiny BMW GS? ****, dirty it!!


Got all the gears set. Tent, food, water, bike tool, torch light, and lots of miscellaneous things. I had added not less than 20kg to the saddle bags!


It was sunny until we done around 60km away from home:



Stopped for getting the rain coats on:



A phone pix when we have raincoats on:

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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We stopped for lunch at a friend's house, about 130km raining from home:






Already got some dirt:



Oh **** the lunch:








Really yammy food:


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Old 06-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Friends informed us that the bridge on our planned way has been swept away because of flooding. ****, that's how the rain started here.
Gotta find our own way to get to the other side of the national park:



Nice adv road just out of the house, which leaded us to the amazing rain trip:



Really cool weather, small rain, that made the ride seemed more worth it:







Group photo again, in the rain:

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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It was raining more and more, the sky came darker quite fast. Took and other rest on a bridge:









This guy looked confident as he was wearing waterproof suit:


My loaded GS:

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:43 AM   #7
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Kept on riding, we almost forgot that the night has came. Distribute some dry food to all members, then we rode in the night.

Everyone was still excited about the ride, so none of us think of the destination that night. Just ride, continuously...
Reached a cross, the signboar says there are 40km more to the Bu Gia Map national park.
Stopped for rest and decided to station in the next 40km for the night:







If you are US veteran from VN, you may know the place called Bom Bo. Well, it's a village name, and it was legend of Vietnam highland village during the last war. It was also 40km to reach Bom Bo village.

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:44 AM   #8
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It rained for the whole 40km to Bu Gia Map.
We stopped at a cafe' in the village. I talked to the owner and he allowed us to use his cafe' floor for erect our tent.
Half an hour later, a friend of friend came and advised us not to stay there. He showed us a small Guesthouse nearby with cheap price and safer for us.

Well, it's here, $7.5 each room, aircon, hot water, secured bike park...:



The guesthouse owner was so friendly. He gave us his kitchen to cook. He also gave us some local fruit.
We learned a lot about this area, as well as the stories about the route we are going to take in the next day.
One of the most impressive story that there were four accidents had been happened just last week, since the rain season started. That's because of lightning. People just died suddenly when traveling to work or to school.

It rained all night long.

Guesthouse 's gate in the next morning - no rain:


Small market in the village:



A buddy bought a pair of sandals. The other tried to be the seller. :



Where in the world you can find this kind of transportation means? It's durable, reliable, and bloody cheap!



We invited Guesthouse owner for a breakfast outside. He invited us a really nice coffee session.
Time for all paperwork endorsement for the access of Bu Gia Map national park:



See the great adventure road just 1km away from the Guesthouse:




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Old 06-21-2013, 02:45 AM   #9
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We reached first Check point of the Frontier soldiers:



Lots of information about the park, rule and regulation here:



That's where we were heading to:









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Nice report... How long was this trip?
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Nice report... How long was this trip?
Noon time Friday until Sunday afternoon.
Wish I could have more time....
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Looks like you made a wise choice on the color of your paint job!
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Looks like you made a wise choice on the color of your paint job!
Thanks, but why you said so, Scott?
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The road after the first check point - it's a concrete road, narrow, no traffic:







Looked like we were going to the wild place:



See how the road:


A small bridge over the stream:






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My buddies:




You can see the stickers on my saddle bag. That's how we show our ownership to our sea, our islands; against Chinese's Govt. invasion.








Deeper and deeper into the forest:






An open view where we saw some fields:


And houses:












The road sign says it's the patrol road, not a public one:

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people here grow many dogs to protect their crops and animals:


























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Thanks, but why you said so, Scott?
Because it looks like much of the dirt where you are riding is reddish/orange and matches your bike nicely
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Because it looks like much of the dirt where you are riding is reddish/orange and matches your bike nicely
Oh, it even matches with my car and my CX cafe racer
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2nd check point:


Extreme security - the sign board said:



After this gate, there would be another section of higher security level:


We came down for paper work:
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Obtaining the pass thru permission was not easy as we though. Time consuming:


Take a nap at middle of nowhere:






And finally - access granted:


One by one passed the gate...
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