Picture the scene. Two older pushing 70 types with very limited time on motorcycles riding for 5 days to and from the Central Highlands where one had been stationed in the late 1960s during that terrible war. Oh yes, and accompanied by their two very intrepid wives who were passengers on motorcycles operated by our exceptionally competent guides, Mr, Bin and Tuan. What could possibly go wrong? Well, very little much to our surprise and relief. Sure, the first 3 days were long and exhausting, but the solution to that problem would be to schedule a longer tour. We booked the 5 day/4 night tour from Nha Trang to Hoi An/Danang in early March, which was barely sufficient if you want to see and do everything. In fact, Mr. Bin allowed us to skip some of the customary attractions, since that would enable us to shorten the day a bit and arrive at our hotels sooner. He and Tuan also agreed to start our days 45 minutes earlier than usual so we could rest a little longer between stints on the bikes. That in spite of the fact that they had to get up that much earlier to service the bikes, load our packs, and eat breakfast. I can’t say enough about their professionalism and ability and willingness to respond promptly and effectively to any situation we encountered. The entire experience was exhilarating to the point of being absurd, since there are few aspects of normal life that can provide that level of excitement and sense of fulfillment. Even close to 3 months later, part of me is still in Vietnam cruising down a winding mountain road with my traveling companions and perhaps always will be. Greetings and warm wishes to Mr. Bin and Tuan should you happen to read this.
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