Nha Trang to Hanoi on a straight hard run is less than 3 days. On a more leisurely pace on the scenic route I arrived in 7. If there is a list of world class motorcycle rides the HCM Trail deserves to be on it. Across increaslingly better road as you ride north, into the remote region on the Western Branch, under the blazing heat of strong solar rays and through many expected monsoon rains, it was all a fantastic ride. I found access to a few remnants of the old trail used during the war and naturally layed Harley Tracks on them. Photo stops were many, or to just soak in the natural beauty. I arrived in Khe Sanh early to visit the war memorial/battle site, a visit filled with deep sorrow, followed by anger. In the morning I ventured into the hills for a walk through the woods. Unbearably hot and humid, dense brush filled with thorny vines literally tore me up. The thought of Vets still remaining in these hills brought sorrow to a greater depth. Continuing on with heavy thought I was stopped 2 minutes below the 17th parallel by the strongest and heaviest monsoon rainfall I have encountered. Totally alone in the most remote region of Vietnam with a wall of water falling on me, visibility down to a couple hundred meters at best with thunder that felt like it was shaking the mountains. Walking around on the Trail during this was so cool! After an hour of this I was reminded with the thought of the Peanuts character Linus standing on the pitchers mound in a rainstorm shouting to his team, "I think its letting up", and I cautiously rode on. Up the Trail I turned to the west to lay Harley Tracks on route #7 to the Lao border and back. A sceninc ride on a great riding trail, between a few "blemishes". Rice harvest is full on through the central regions and that is an awesome sight. Very labor intense with many trails covered with drying of the harvest. As the Trail neared Hanoi it was sad to see an increase of heavy traffic and what it is doing to My Trail. All being relative it was still a great ride. After a few days of visiting and taking care of some business I'll be off to lay more fresh Harley Tracks in a round about way to Sapa. Been up there twice before and hope this time to see sunshine and the magnificient mountain vistas it is so popular for. Some photos posted in my albums for your entertainment. Enjoy.