spring 2000 cycling tour of Vietnam (narrative) 
This tour, starting in Ha Noi, went counter-clockwise to the northwest.
This tour, starting in Ha Noi, went counter-clockwise to the northwest.
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This was several years before the Lonely Planet came out with their cycling in Vietnam guidebook and , some would say, opened up the country to cycling.  Others would say the publication ruined cycling Vietnam forever.  On this tour, four weeks in May-June, I met only two other cycle tourists.  A few years later, I was told, you could meet dozens a day, each obeying the routes provided in the guidebook.
This was several years before the Lonely Planet came out with their cycling in Vietnam guidebook and , some would say, opened up the country to cycling. Others would say the publication ruined cycling Vietnam forever. On this tour, four weeks in May-June, I met only two other cycle tourists. A few years later, I was told, you could meet dozens a day, each obeying the routes provided in the guidebook.
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Mai Chau village.
Mai Chau village.
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It's said Vietnam is like China 20 years before.
It's said Vietnam is like China 20 years before.
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2000VietNam05.jpg
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near Bac Ha
near Bac Ha
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I was a curiosity: a touring cyclist.  Once in a while I had to dodge rocks that little boys threw. They target moving vehicles; trains have protective grates over their windows.
I was a curiosity: a touring cyclist. Once in a while I had to dodge rocks that little boys threw. They target moving vehicles; trains have protective grates over their windows.
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This is the walking guide I hired to take me to a mountain village and school.
This is the walking guide I hired to take me to a mountain village and school.
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cute kids...except when they have rocks in their hands and see a cycle approaching
cute kids...except when they have rocks in their hands and see a cycle approaching
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