A collection of posts from around the world (and some a little closer to home).

Route 69, Part Fourteen: The Hai Van Pass (6/5/2018) - The ascension to the Hai Van started innocuously enough. We set off in a less-than-stellar mood as Newman was still feeling under the weather from a disgusting combination of seafood poisoning mixed with sleeping in a bed of piss. For better or worse it had finally started to warm up a significant amount, making us…
Route 69, Part Thirteen: Hue to Lang Co (5/16/2018) - We spent the better part of the day following our robbery in a sour and dismal state. The money was inconsequential for the most part, but our egos were bruised and wounded. Luckily the day called for us to leave and head towards Hoi An. This day was highly anticipated as we were going to…
Route 69, Part Twelve: Hue Again (5/2/2018) - The Banh mi carts were located at a crossroads of sorts near the bottom of the tourist quarter. Since it was so early in the morning there was practically no one else out on the streets except for us and these three banh mi carts. We all arrived but at varying degrees of intoxicated. The…
Route 69, Part Eleven: Hue (4/18/2018) - As if by fate, we happened to run into Toby, Rune and the rest of the Danish bros our first night in Hue. At this point it was starting to become less of a surprise as we realized we were going to be going in the same general direction as them for the next week…
Route 69, Part Ten: Phong Nha – Hue (4/10/2018) - Our ride out of Phong Nha was supposed to be one of the best rides of the trip. We were heading to the “town” of Khe Sanh—an old American military base which was the staging grounds for some of the more infamous battles during the war such as Hamburger Hill.
Route 69, Part Nine: Phong Nha (4/4/2018) - Let’s rewind a little bit. About three weeks prior to arriving in Vietnam we were hanging out in an odd little yogi bar in Laos. The whole place was quite the experience as much of the seating was devoted to floor mats and pillows. It has a very Rajneesh vibe to it. The last night…
Route 69, Part Eight: Do Long – Phong Nha (3/28/2018) - With one drive left we’d finally be in Phong Nha. I’d actually given the reins over to Newman on this ride on trying to find places to go and see, exhausted from the crucial task of finding our next meal day after day after day. It turned out to be one of the most welcome…
Route 69, Part Seven: Tho Phu – Do Long (3/20/2018) - Hitting the road after our adventures with Scarface was a welcome one.   We left hungry and eager to get to our next destination, we still had two more days of driving before we reached Phong Nha.  
Route 69, Part Six: Ninh Binh – Phong Nha (3/14/2018) - Newman and I set off from Ninh Binh at the crack of noon. We’d had our fill of the tourist life and were ready to get back on the road. The beauty of riding the bike was you had to let time and distance dictate where you were going to stay. We never really planned…
Route 69, Part Five: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (3/6/2018) - It’s an awe-inspiring thing to ride a motorbike around Vietnam. It gives you a sense of power you rarely get when you’re traveling. The ability to know you can go wherever you want and see whatever your heart desires. It also comes with an almost instant sense of smug satisfaction, knowing you can do these…
Route 69, Part Four: Mu Cang Chai – Mai Chau (2/22/2018) - Getting the hell out of the mountains was going to be more work than we had wanted. Initially, we were going to stop at least two or three more times in the mountains, but we decided to get as far down as possible in one go. The route required us to fly up the mountainside…
Route 69, Part Three: Nghai Lo – Mu Cang Chai (2/16/2018) - It felt hard to believe but the journey Nhgia Lo was only the first day of our trip. In my first day I had to not only learn how to ride through the harrowing traffic of Hanoi but also conquer the mountain roads that threatened to maim you at every turn. I passed out the…
Route 69, Part Two: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (2/13/2018) - Turns out things can get worse, just in not the ways I was expecting. Heading out of Hanoi things got progressively nicer in terms of crowded driving. The traffic was never again as insane as it was in Hanoi, instead we experienced new and somewhat unexpected troubles. Our first issue was understanding motorcycle time is…
Route 69, Part One: Hanoi (2/6/2018) - Few things excited and terrified me more than the prospect of buying a motorcycle and driving throughout Vietnam. Of all the things I had planned on doing for this trip, this was the big one. Originally, I had planned to try and go from North to South, a reverse of the route I had seen…
Secrets of Chiang Mai (1/31/2018) - After a turbulent time in Bangkok, we finally made our way north to a town called Chiang Mai. I had never heard of the place until I began researching this trip, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Everyone I talked to while I was in Bangkok, and some even back home who’d come to…
See You (Soi) Cowboy (1/12/2018) - After four days alone in Bangkok I was starting to feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway. My Wilson was a little statue Gabi gave me before I left so I could take her on the trip, we call her Baby Gab. She’s lovely, but is sadly lacking in the conversation department. Luckily my time on…
Beware of the Tuk Tuk (1/9/2018) - “Where are you from?” “How long are you in Bangkok?” “Where are you going next?” I must’ve heard these three phrases at least fifty times in my first day. I thought I’d learned in Nepal how to appropriately deal with tourist traps and scams but Bangkok was a nice awakening to realize that every city…
Phoenix-to-Bangkok (1/6/2018) - “You have no job, no friends, and no girlfriend. Why wouldn’t you go?”    I suppose any story starts with the why. Why’d I decide to go on a two and a half month backpacking trip after getting laid off?  The beginning started over dinner with one of the best hype people you’ll ever meet:…