- Ho Chi Minh Trail Vietnam, anyone got maps?
The biggest problem I see with trying to ride the HCM will be the amount of unexploded ordnance on it.
When I visited Vietnam in ‘97 it was definitely still an issue – I was warned time & time again by the guides I took not to step off the trail.
Still, nice idea though not sure it’s feasible..Posted 1 month agomrwhyteMember
Great little film on RedBull. https://www.redbull.com/int-en/films/AP-1RVR7ZEZW1W11Posted 1 month agodangeourbrainSubscriber
The HCM trail as it was isn’t a trail either, it’s more of a vague direction through the jungle the VC used to ferry men and equipment North to South, it was by necessity vauge, mobile and largely inaccessible.
Sounds like a great idea but I think you’ll struggle to find a map per se.
Edit (and don’t forget you’ll be crossing into Cambodia and Laos for at least as much as is in Vietnam if you’re doing it “right”)
another edit (and a lot of it remained hidden by virtue of being classed as impassable by the US and the South Vietnamese. That they got people across, let alone field guns, mortars and vehicles is on par with the Berlin airlift for man made miracle. It might not be so good with a bike!)Posted 1 month agoNZColMember
Thanks all, yes I know that it’s not as simple however there are a few tales of rough routes being pulled together and ridden hence my question. I’ve got a bit of mapping from Danang N that I rode offroad in 2002 when I was last there. Noted on the amount of ordanance, i wasn’t anticipating going off piste it was more is there a rough route that picks up elements of the HCMT N-S/S-N.Posted 1 month ago
I can put you in touch with Don Duvall, the guide/advisor for Rebecca Reusch’s film
He has mapped it all and most of Laos
He also does tours of it I believe
Its probably like the old Death Highway in Laos, but worse- the track split to go around puddles, then did it again and again, until theres no real side to the road, and you can never really tell which way you are headingPosted 1 month agodangeourbrainSubscriber
Wont it just be the track defined by dead vegetation or has it all grown back now?
Agent orange cleanup is ongoing and will be for a very long time yet. Given the high incidence of leukemia, lymphoma and numerous other nasties in exposed persons I can’t say following the deforested bits would be a good idea.
Though I’d be tempted to try it on the horse tail in my allotment at this point.Posted 4 weeks ago
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