From Hue to Khe Sanh

2017-08-04 at 20:42

Had a good breakfast at Vu Homestay at the outskirts of Hue. After that it was time to load the bike and drive to A Lưới to meet a friend for lunch.

Close to the Guest-house in Hue
Close to the Guest-house in Hue one finds the rest of a business idea that didn’t work to good.

Little village over the river
Thị xã Hương Thủy over the river

Farming cuts into the forest
Farming cuts into the forest

Up towards A Lưới

Stopped in A Lưới to meet Rin for lunch. Thank you very much – that was a nice lunch break. A Lưới is on the Ho Chi Minh Highway again. So up up North it was!

On the Ho Chi Minh Highway - The locals dry grass which will become brooms later
On the Ho Chi Minh Highway – The locals dry grass which will become brooms later

Not a lot of traffic here
Not a lot of traffic here

Lots of farmland left and right of the river
Lots of farmland left and right of the river

Not a lot of forest left at this part of the road
Not a lot of forest left at this part of the road

Tet decoration in the villages
Tet decoration in the villages along the road. Here we are in the outskirts of Ta Ay.

More or less original forest
More or less original forest

Blue sky and green forest
Blue sky and green forest

Still a lot of unexploded ammunition in the ground
In a little village in Quảng Trị province. Still a lot of unexploded ammunition in the ground.

A new "traditional" town hall
A new "traditional" town hall

Small village over the river
Small farming village over the river

The water does look clean!
The water does look clean!

I can not really see a lot of improvement. Looks almost like 1 year ago.
I can not really see a lot of improvement. Looks almost like 1 year ago.

A new dam will change things for sure
This was last winter

Empty roads
Empty roads – cruising the left right left right of the HCM Highway and sometimes the road is like this – so you do not have to steer for a minute or so.

On the way to Khe Sanh
On the way to Khe Sanh

Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh
Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh
My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh. Sports a TV, hot shower, toilet, fan, Wifi and AC for 6 US $. Much better than last year where I had to fork out 16$ for the worst nights sleep in Vietnam. But the other place was with breakfast – this one without.

My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Bathroom at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Todays Drive

166 km in 6 hours and 16 minutes including lunch, photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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From A Lưới to Khe Sanh

2016-04-15 at 12:22

Did sleep quite good and got up before 09:00 again. Since I did not see any interesting place for breakfast last night and no Bánh mì stand as well the decision to find some breakfast on the way was very easy.
Pack the bag game, pay for the room and put the bag on the bike. Today I not even have to worry that the Google lady sends me somewhere where I do not want to go. The border to Laos is on the left. Sometimes less than 2 kilometres away so everything that goes left goes to Laos. And there is nothing bigger than a path going to the right. Just stay on the main road and you can not go wrong.
Today this road leads to an area that was once at the centre of the ‘American War’ as they call it here. And only a few kilometres out of A Lưới the first reminder of one of the many battles here towers on the left of the road.

Hamburger Hill
It is Hill 937 or “Hamburger Hill”. This hill was of little strategic value to the US but the US command ordered to capture it. What followed was a 10 day battle from the 10th to the 20th of May 1969 that left more than 700 people death on the slopes of the mountain. And this are only the ones that were counted. After the US got the hill they abandoned it quietly on the 5th of June 1969.

At last it is green
Not pristine forest but at last a lot of green

Breakfast stop
In a little village I saw a shop that sold bread, fruits and vegetables. Had the idea of a pick nick so I told her I take 2 baguette. Saw some cut tofu and soja sprouts as well. Great! Told her I want some of that as well. She did not speak English so you point to everything. She got some tofu put it in a small bag together with a hand full of sprouts. She reached for the scale – paused – looked at me and walked into her house in the back of the shop.
No idea what she did that for. After a few seconds her son waved me to the back and her husband pointed to the tea pot. Well that looked like a longer shopping stop. Did put the helmet on the bike and went to the table in the back. From there I could see her in the kitchen cooking! Quick I fetched a few tomatoes, garlic and onions and gave it to her son to bring it to his mother.
Got a glass of ice water and hot green tea. The man did offer me even cigarettes but I still do not smoke. After a few minutes they put a big plate of food and some baguette on the table. And this is not even a restaurant! I sit on their table in a shop and they made me food. Imagine a Vietnamese guy would stop at a shop in your home town to get some groceries. Would they ever make him food on the spot?
Did manage to eat 3 breads stuffed with her really good vegetables. Cleared the rest of the bread and had another tea.
After a very good breakfast she wanted 20000 Dong – that is 0,81 €!!!

Long and winding road
Long and winding road

Of course they have to burn as well
Of course they have to burn as well

Add smoke to the haze
Add smoke to the haze

Low water
Low water

A new dam will change things for sure
A new dam will change things for sure. No more fish migrating will be one of the results.

Only a few kilometres more
Only a few kilometres more to the hotel

My room at the Khanh Phuong Hotel
My room at the Khanh Phuong Hotel. I have no clue why this is 16,50 US $. There is a TV, fridge, chairs, table, closet, AC and private bathroom with hot shower. I had all of this for 5 US $ as well here in Vietnam. But at last the other rooms had a window. This one here is smaller than a half news paper page. And it was so noisy the whole night. That does prove it again. Only because your hotel has 2 stars does not mean it is any better than one with no stars. It is only way more expensive!

At last the best breakfast set of all the hotels so far
At last the best breakfast set of all the hotels so far

The clock: 61065 km: 109 km. You might ask why only 109 km today. Because the next 240 km there is no place to sleep unless you find a kind local that put you on his floor.

The Wood Grave of a Rice Farmer

Well I have no idea if this is a grave of a rice farmer. But if you look at the construction and details of the grave. And at some of the stuff they put under the roof I can only picture a rice farmer. One of the farmers that works in the small rice paddies – ploughing with his buffalo.

Wodden grave
Heads of water buffaloes at the end of the roof construction. Buffalo yokes as main parts of the grave under the roof.

Wodden grave
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Water buffalo head
Very detailed – would love to see it when it was new

Looks like the yoke they use on the buffaloes as well

That means grave in Vietnamese
That little basket is still used every day. Did pass so many people who have them on the back all over the mountains here. The writing means Grave in Vietnamese

Detail of the roof
Detail of the roof

 
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From Cau Ha to A Lưới

2016-04-14 at 11:23

Got up very early today – 08:15! Shower and pack the bag game and after good-bye host I was on the road.
The clock: 60768 km
Back up the hill to the Ho Chi Minh Road. That stupid Google woman did trick me and changed the route on the way without telling me. I did learn today that she likes to do that from time to time. Sometimes she tell me that there is a faster route available and sometimes she just thinks she knows better. So this time she got away with it since I was not aware of her little tricks. That way I saved 50 kilometres but did miss out on about 30 kilometres of Ho Chi Minh Road. Guess I did not miss too much.

Coffee break
Coffee break in the middle of nowhere. The woman made my coffee and left with her child on the bike. Interesting! So I did drink my coffee and went to find somebody to pay. Vietnam – away from the tourist highway!

Still some original forest left
Still some original forest left

Over the bridge and on on
Over the bridge and on on

Slow slow they make way for more agriculture and burn down the next piece of forest
Slow slow they make way for more agriculture and burn down the next piece of forest

I am not alone any more
I am not alone any more. That guy had a blue plate: official bike. Did overtake him a few times when he was on the phone. He stopped when he had reception. And he overtook me a few times when I took a picture. And every time we waved to each other.

More burning
More burning

New shrine on the street
New shrine on the street

Guess they put if after the accident
Guess they put if after the accident

Does not look to good
Does not look to good – speed kills!

Getting closer to the border. From now on the street will stay close to the border
Getting closer to the border. From now on the street will stay close to the border

Over the bride and up the hill
Over the bride and up the hill

Than you have long stretches of pristine forest
Than you have a very long stretch of pristine forest

Open road - no traffic
Open road – no traffic – no nothing – no settlements – no house – no farming

Open road - no traffic

Just green - as far as you can see
Just green – as far as you can see

Just green - as far as you can see

Driving into the clouds
Driving into the clouds

Left, right, left, up and down
Left, right, left, up and down

Above the clouds
Above the clouds

And slow down into the farmland again
After many more left right left right corners you drive down into the farmland again. People, bikes and domestic animals as well as farming. If you are up there alone with the road and the sound of the bike it feels like a special kind of meditation. You feel the elements, smell nature, see the street, the sky, the clouds and green – a lot of green. That all stops when you drive back into the land of the small villages again.

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in A Lưới
My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in A Lưới. 8,16 € for one night. 2 Beds, closet, table, chair, TV, AC, Fan, WiFi and a private bathroom with hot shower.
The clock: 60956 km = 188 kilometres today.

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in  A Luoi
View from the door

My room at the Thanh Quang Guest House in  A Luoi
View from the bathroom

Old style mosquito net
ld style mosquito net

Old style mosquito net
It folds out and you stuff it under the mattress – this was the luxury version of the good old time

Dinner in A Luoi - Special Vietnamese Spaghetti
Went for dinner with my little piece of paper (vegetarian food – no meet, no chicken, no fish) and the woman made me “Special Vietnamese Spaghetti” with really hot chilli!

 
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