Sorry I haven't written earlier. It's been mad since we got back.
I just wanted to say how much of an awesome time we had with you guys. The whole trip was fantastic.
I was a bit freaked out about the off road stuff at times but I certainly learnt more about riding a motorbike in those 7 days than I have in the year I upgraded from a scooter to gears. Al was in his absolute element and his smile got a wider and wider as the terrain got wilder. I fell off heaps, mostly in mud and in front of locals but all part of the adventure.
The guide was great, he can fix anything! Such an upbeat guy, lots of laughs along the way. Loved all of the food we ate. The roadside picnics we certainly looked forward to after a challenging morning. (I boiled up a chicken to make pho today) and now we drink our coffee strong with condensed milk. Vietnam has left a lasting impression.
We spent the entire time in either determined concentration, fast exhausted sleep or laughing our heads off at the bewildering sights around every corner. Such a special trip and we have such great photos. Somewhere in the hills a little girl has a postcard of a kiwi on her wall.
In Minsk we trust - we certainly did!
Lucy and Alastair Clark from New Zealand