There be dragons
There be dragons
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Urals in Laos
Urals in Laos
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Massive bomb craters
Massive bomb craters
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Ural near the Lao border
Ural near the Lao border
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Jim Papandreas from Australia

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Jim Papandreas

Have missed the Urals since I got back to OZ . The rally was the highlight of the last few years. I enjoyed the ride immensely and will definitely be a repeat rider. As an Australian Vietnam war veteran I found the rally a superb way to see the north of Vietnam especially those areas where the Americans had such significant battles. It put the whole thing into perspective for me in dealing with the memories of the war. 

Riding the Urals through these areas and concentrating on the road conditions was cathartic in itself and I would recommend it for all war veterans as the best way to go back to the funny farm. Riding through the mountain passes and the National Park was fantastic and the thunder run with a single Ural riding in parallel with a sidecar rig into Hoi An with flags flying, truly a buzz. I was delighted to meet another veteran on the ride even if he was an officer . 

I found the whole experience exhilarating and the eclectic mix of riders from around the world a pleasure to be involved with. 

Experiencing playing soccer with the kids at the blue Dragon foundation and giving them basic instruction on how to kick a ball different ways and seeing the absolute joy in their response to attention was a very special moment and a reminder at what a great charity the rally supports. 

I thought the food was great the accommodation excellent and the back up crews ,mechanics and all staff willing to go that extra mile to ensure the ride was a success. 

As big Arnie said: 

I’ll be back. 

 

Jim Papandreas from Australia
April, 2012

 

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