In the meantime i arrived in Da Nang yesterday and my motorbike follows on the train in 3 or 4 days
. In the meantime this place is great, just what i needed, a warmer climate although its raining and windy on and off but warm and feel much better for it. I met a guy off the train who does tours around the area so when i motorbike arrives i am going to do a day with him to practice on the motorbike and see the area around Da Nang, namely Hue and My Son. He knows a good mechanic and speaks great English so i can sort the bike out first too. Whilst here i am going to watch some football tonight and tomorrow go to Ba Na Hill Station, vehicles not allowed so they have a cable car?! So should get some great photo's.
So yeah, because i have a few days waiting for the bike i still have some nice chill time on my hands and i am staying right on the beach which is huge and the sea looks pretty choppy with waves right out of Point Break so i am going for a run and a swim right after this. To fit the trip in i have planned its going to take between 100-200km motorbiking a day so i expect i actually wont have time to keep uploading again once i start, if i start!! But then again so far i have blogged much more than i expected so we'll see...so yeah once the bike arrives, its fixed and i do this day trip ill upload a pre-motorbike start update with photos from this beautiful area and then i'm finally on my way!
Hope you are all bearing up in the snow and ice over there....!! ;)
IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE
I just plotted my route on google maps, its pretty useful actually... I have a detailed map book for myself to use but for planning and route distances Google Maps is great and also for you to see the route and for me to look back at after the trip. Just click the HUGE link below and click on get directions to load it up but i've saved a screenshot of the overall route for this blog entry... i am trying to focus mainly on the Ho Chi Min Trail which is inland and through the mountains which i expect to be more beautiful and more traffic free.. the coastal route can be beautiful too but i have seen half of it from last year and its host to Highway 1, the main dangerous highway through Vietnam...I am only going to be on there for about 150km in total to drop down to a few places on the coast and i have checked and those stretches are pretty standard...