Just finished driving 1400 km's over the past 8 days on a 150 CC Honda XR in Northern Vietnam. It was one of the best adventures I've had the pleasure of experiencing. 7 of the days I spent driving solo, 1 of those days I spent adventuring through some rural areas along the Chinese border with a Vietnamese American couple, a couple from Ho Chi Mihn City, and their friend Radek, a Polish American. Radek and I ended up getting happily lost on purpose, coming across a Chinese check stop I have the feeling not so many people end up at. They photographed our passports, they were kind, but hesitant, all borders seem to have tension. We drove an hour and a half back in the dark to our hotel that night. Almost every night I by choice stayed somewhere with people along the way that I had met. I ended up befriending a wonderful couple (Sam & Maiva), Sam worked for the Obama administration in the Whitehouse as well as during his campaign and is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin as director for the Small World Initiative encouraging people to study stem cell research in antibiotic resistance (damn that was a long sentance). Having some meaningful conversations with him and his wife was definitely a highlight. I took as many random roads as possible, taking me up to many ethnic and indigenous groups that as a first language don't speak Vietnamese. I woke up nearly every morning for the sunrise, there is something so freeing about riding at that time of the day. I became good friends with a Canadian couple that were cycling hundreds of km's with their 3 year old daughter, an inspiration, they were incredibly kind.
Travelling solo, doesn't mean you're travelling "solo", I can be as selfish as I want to be and not feel bad about it, pick and choose the people I really wanna spend time with or not.
I will have something more in depth and more images to share hopefully sooner rather than later.