There has been a schedule shift and the dates are now set for the Great Ho Chi Minh Trail Ride. We will hit the road in Laos on 30 March. We will leave from Vientiane and spend 14 days exploring. Our last day of riding will be 12 April and we will end up in Paske. We will depart from Paske on the morning of 13 April. Check out the map of our route. Continue reading
As mentioned elsewhere, this is not an absolute schedule. The only absolute dates will be the start (30 Mar) and end (12 Apr). The rest will be adjusted to suit our exploration and severity of our Monkey Butts. Continue reading
Our Trail ride takes us south from the Mu Gia Pass area to the other major pass into Laos from North Vietnam; the Ban Karai Pass. This pass was nearly as important to Hanoi as the Mu Gia Pass… and nearly as deadly to the US.
Riding the HCMT to the Ban Karai pass will only take us part of a day. This doesn’t mean there is only one “Trail” to get there. There were hundreds… maybe thousands of alternates and bypasses. If we were to try riding all those, it would take years. Even Don Duval, who has been doing this for years, is still finding new trails. He even found a new one with the classic HCMT cobble roadbed in the last couple of weeks.
We will take mostly the main routes. Take a look at the map. Continue reading