In Hanoi – Vietnam’s Capital

by JP

We were already in Hanoi after the bus trip up there but after getting off the bus we literally jumped on our bikes and headed east to Ha Long Bay. We’re now back after Ha Long Bay and can have a proper look around the city.

We have a couple days here and one of the objectives is to off-load our bikes, one way or another. We put up for sale signs for the bikes and posted a few entries on travelfish and various other blogs. We got a few calls, met up with a few people, but with the amount of time we had and the sheer availability of Minsks here, there was no way we could make a sale in time. In fact, we saw a fairly good looking Minsk that was for sale for 189 USD. I can’t compete with this.

We did meet up with our old friends from England and Australia here in Hanoi. We all left Ho Chi Minh City within a day or two of each other and have been meeting up along the way. Instead of heading to Ha Long Bay, they opted to ride their bikes all the way up Vietnam to Hanoi. And they arrived, as did we, successfully. It was a good moment to meet up with them one more time to celebrate.

Skully (Dave) had given his bike to an Agent Orange Care Facility where they look after people that have been affected by the Agent Orange bioweapon used during the war. We tossed around the idea to give our bikes to an orphanage already and thought this was perfect. So we called up the care village and setup a meeting. They were very appreciative and we all felt good about the result. Although many of the kids were back with their families for the weekend, we did meet one interesting kid by the name of “Lum”. Quite the handful, all he wanted to do was startup the bikes and rip off.

And that was the last we saw of our bikes. They had taken us, mostly successfully, from Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam to Hanoi in North Vietnam, against many odds and through some very rough conditions. Kudos bikes and farewell. Lets hope they find caring owners that will enjoy them as much as we have (except Eoin, I don’t think he liked his very much).