Posted on 24 Jun 2015
Digby will be taking two small groups of riders down the original Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos next year. The first ride is full but there are still one or two spots left on the second ride, which starts in Vientiane on the 26th of January. During the war the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a labyrinth of trails, tracks and roads hidden in the Lao jungle. Luckily, many sections, especially those which were cobblestoned, still exist, albeit very overgrown. Much of the ride is in jungle. Digby has made 16 exploratory rides down the Trail over the last nine years, slowly piecing together the sections that are still navigable, by studying information gleaned from old military maps from both sides of the conflict. Along the way you pass tanks, APCs, SAAM missiles, bomb craters in their thousands, bombs, mine clearance teams, crash sites, villages made of bombs, boats made of jettisoned fuel canisters, caves with 40-year old Vietnamese graffiti, aircraft parts and AAA bunkers.