Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Just one day of Vietnam makes it worth the trip

 
As I headed north from Pleiku, the sights didn't disappoint but still they got even better.
This was my view in the morning from my hotel window. I knew by noon, I'd be in those mountains in the distance.
I rode through Kon Tim.
And was soon at the beginning of the Ho Chi Mihn Trail. This road has to be my favorite in all my travels.
The sights are incredible!
And even though The Ho Chi Mihn Trail is all paved, there's still plenty of detours to explore.
This had to be the sketchiest bridge I've ever been across! 
But this is where you really get to see the locals, far from where the tour busses go.
And after a little maintenance from a roadside shop, I'm ready for tomorrow. I really hope you get to experience this.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Visit Vietnam with Bean're

  
Who would like to go to Asia and have me there waiting for them at the airport and serve as their personal tour guide? Vietnam? Laos? Cambodia?
First off, every tour will be designed specifically for the client. There will be no other people in the tour unless the client wants to bring others. This will give me the ability to give one on one guidance and support. It will also allow me to change directions at the clients benefit without having to take others into consideration.  My trips don't have itineraries. If you want that, take a cruise where they will tell you when to eat, sleep and get on and off the ship. This allows us to stay in the fun zone. We don't have to hurry off to the next leg because we have to be somewhere else next. We can work around any obstacle and most of the times, use adversity as a bonus.
  Having open schedules like this can sometimes backfire. We may end up struggling to find accommodations or many times, the accommodations could be viewed as sub-par. Again, I view this as part of the adventure and if it takes the client out of their comfort zone, I'm ok with that. In fact, I think getting the client out of their comfort zone is an important ingredient of a true adventure.  
                            
    I am going to go to Vietnam early to get situated and stay there the entire Winter. That way I can be there to pick clients up from Ho Chi Mihn City airport and get the back to their hotel where they can relax. I will already have the bike of their choice waiting so we can take off in the next day or two and explore the back country of Vietnam. If they don't ride their own motorcycle, there are actual motorcycle chauffeurs that can travel with us. My route will be The Ho Chi Mihn Trail. It is far less traffic than the busy and dangerous coastal route. It is also mainly mountains with lots of curses, beautiful views and you get to see how the Vietnamese actually live, not just the "tourist displays".
   I will dedicate my time there to the client that books the tour. They can bring extra people but there won't be others (strangers) so this allows us to do what the client wants 100% of the time instead of trying to please the group as a whole.
   My fees for this are fairly simple. I charge 500 a week, which is my expenses. It will be slightly more if there is a group of people. I think it is best if you handle all your own personal expenses so you can spend as much or as little on hotels, food, ect. This also gets you familiar with their currency and interacting with merchants. I will be there with you to help you along so no worries. If still this makes you uncomfortable, I would say give me 1000 a week for both of us and I will pay expenses. (Client is responsible for airfare and Visas).
    If you've read my book or seen my social media posts while I'm in Asia, you should know this is an amazing opportunity. You could easily pay a whole lot more for a tour and not get to experience anything even close to this. I can also arrange for any type of special circumstances needing including someone that doesn't want to go on a motorcycle at all.
     The first thing a person should do is book a time schedule what works for them. In between November 1st and February 29th. 2 weeks should be the minimum because there is a lot to see. Tours can be much longer than 2 weeks and then other countries can be added like Cambodia and Laos. The time slots are first come, first serve. 50% of MY fee down, holds your time slot.
Round trip airfares are cheaper if bought well in advance. I've seen them as low as 600 rt flying out of NY. A Visa will run you about 30- 50 dollars.

                                                Don't miss the boat!!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Rebuilding my Choppers Engine

     On the way to Mexico, my chopper's engine began spewing oil out the air breather. I added more oil but it rapidly got worse and almost immediately emptied the oil tank. I hauled my motorcycle back 400 miles to Accurate Engineering in Dothan Alabama where my good friend, Berry Wardlaw agreed to give me a hand. As we pulled the engine apart, I found the culprit was a hole in the piston caused by an intake leak and incorrect timing. What I wasn't expecting was to see how well everything was performing in my motor. With over 120,000 miles on many of the parts in my engine, everything was doing very well until the piston failure. All my Feuling products, high volume oil pump, cam plate, Reaper cams, adjustable pushrods and Bee Hive valve springs, all only showe3d signs of normal wear. Anyone that knows me, knows that I ride my motorcycle anything BUT normal. I have ridden thousands of miles on dirt and gravel roads. I even rode 1000+ mile up and back down the Dalton Highway AKA The Haul Road AKA The Ice Road Truckers Road. I have also drag raced it at Rockingham and at Sturgis Dragway on numerous occasions.
    I just wanted to do a video explaining what I have and why I use the components that I do. I'll be posting more as I continue riding my chopper and hope to add another 100,000 + miles on my bike.
Here are a list of the parts I use-


                                                                       S&S Cycle

                                                          Spectro Oils of America   

                                                            Darkhorse Crankworks               



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Riding the coastal roads of Vietnam

   AH1 is the coastal highway of Vietnam. It isn't the most scenic and it is usually flat and straight. There are many trucks and buses and the speed is fast so it is incredibly dangerous. I was on it it make some time when I came across a tunnel that motorcycles were not allowed on. It detoured all bikes up and over the mountain then around some more, all with excellent views of the China Sea.

 The road curved up and down, hugging the mountains

  And when the road came back down, I was on the beach of Da Nang
  If you look closely at the top left, you will see The Bodhisattva of Mercy

 On the Son Tra Peninsula in DaNang, stands a 67 meter statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy. The statue construction has been recognized as the highest Bodhisattva of Mercy statue nationwide. It is 17 meters in diameter and has 17 floors. Each floor worships a different Buddha. The 17th floor has a flight of stairs that lead to the statue's head. It was completed in August 2010.
But now I'm riding back into the mountains and it is more of  " Business as Usual "

Friday, January 4, 2019

Getting Lost in Paradise

   
Just one of the days that I have spent getting lost in Vietnam
The views were spectacular everywhere I looked!
  I was using a map app on my smart phone and I decided to take a short cut.
I rode down the "shortcut" for hours
  I didn't question it too much as the views were getting better and better
    Then as I came around the corner, the road went straight into a lake. It looked like a boat ramp. I was forced to back track adding another several hours to the days ride.
When I finally got near my destination, I came across the reason my shortcut was underwater. The entire valley had been flooded by a powerplant dam. It wasn't my plan but sometimes life has a much better ideas than I do.