And we’re off!  The adventure began June 3, 2017 by flying from Dallas, Texas to Tokyo to Saigon.  We had no idea what was in store, but from my first social media post below, you can tell the adventure started quickly!  Follow the journey here by revisiting each of my social media posts.


Facebook – June 3, 2017

Slight delay in Dallas caused us to miss our flight from Tokyo but that’s just part of a trip. In return, mother adventure granted us a new friend from Cali who plays pro basketball in Bangkok, the ability to now say we have driven through Tokyo by limo, and the chance to once and for all eat sushi and ramen in Japan! I call that a win any day of the week. Did I mention we flew over the most desolate land I have seen in awhile. Siberia! Gonna now try and get an hour sleep after being up for over 24 hours. Be in Saigon by 5am. Bedtime for this side of the planet. You guys have a great breakfast.

Thank goodness for graphics, the universal language.  Thank you Japan!

Almost to Saigon!

Waiting in line to get our Visas stamped in Vietnam.

Did you know the have Uber in Vietnam?  Yes, and what would cost you $8 in the USA only cost us .75 cents there!

After close to 36 hours in airports, we made it to our hotel.  Unfortunately, with the delay in Tokyo we only had time to bask in our richness, drink a caffeine bomb, and head to get our motorcycles.  We figured we could sleep when we are dead.


Facebook – June 4, 2017

There are things in life that can’t be described through words or images, but must be lived. Yesterday was this. But let me try to bring you along the journey with me.

After a quick shower we picked up our motorcycles in Saigon. I knew it was going to be a sketchy epic adventure, but I underestimated it.

Once we were fitted with the bikes and helmets, we were briefed on what to expect. We didn’t really talk about your usual stuff like where to get gas, how the roads are, and what sights to see. Instead, with a solemn face, they walked us through how to handle bribing the police when we get pulled over. Step one, immediately remove the key to your bike and hide it. Step two, DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. Step three, hide all money and passports prior to leaving minus 200,000 Dongs ($10) that you will use on a per bribe basis. Step four, see step two. Step five, don’t back down but do so without escalating your emotions. Step six, after paying get the heck away fast.

So we hit the road!

The video I shot was just a short clip of a ten hour motorcycle run. There are many things you just had to be here for, but to get your mind wrapped around it, think of this. Take the old 80’s video game Excitebike and introduce it to Grand Theft Auto. Those games have a baby. That bi-product is what it was like.

There are things in life that can't be described through words or images, but must be lived. Yesterday was this. But let me try to bring you along the journey with me. After a quick shower we picked up our motorcycles in Saigon. I knew it was going to a sketchy epic adventure, but I underestimated it. Once we were fitted with the bikes and helmets, we were briefed on what to expect. We didn't really talk about your usual stuff like where to get gas, how the roads are, and what sights to see. Instead, with a solemn face, they walked us through how to handle bribing the police when we get pulled over. Step one, immediately remove the key to your bike and hide it. Step two, DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. Step three, hide all money and passport prior to leaving minus 200,000 Dings ($10) that you will use on a per bribe basis. Step four, see step four. Step five, don't back down but do so with escalating your emotions. Step six, after paying get the heck away fast. So we hit the road!The video I shot was just a short clip of a ten hour motorcycle run. So there are many things you just had to be here for, but to get your mind wrapped around it think of this. Take the old 80's video game Excitebike and introduce it to Grand Theft Auto. Those games have a baby. That bi-product is what it was like. Traffic laws are pretty much null and void. It's chaos, but somehow it works. In a crazy way, it's amazing! I mean people drive in any lane in any direction sometimes. They change tires in your bike lane, stand in the middle of it, ride bikes in the opposite direction toward, and after dark shit gets even crazier! How about doing 60 with not a single light on driving in the opposite direction! That happens all night long. But we made it! Da Lat is beautiful! Our hotel wound up being in the middle of a street fair/market. We enjoyed eating and drinking with the locals, and even made a new buddy from our favorite German city, Munich. I'm going to cut it short and go get breakfast. Time to make Nha Trang and Camh Ran Bay! We miss you Louie Barnes. Today is dedicated to you!!

Posted by Michael Hensley on Sunday, June 4, 2017

Traffic laws are pretty much null and void. It’s chaos, but somehow it works. In a crazy way, it’s amazing! I mean people drive in any lane in any direction sometimes. They change tires in your bike lane, stand in the middle of it, ride bikes in the opposite direction toward you, and after dark shit gets even crazier! How about doing 60 without a single light on driving in the opposite direction! That happens all night long.

But we made it! Da Lat is beautiful! Our hotel wound up being in the middle of a street fair/market. We enjoyed eating and drinking with the locals, and even made a new buddy from our favorite German city, Munich.

  

I’m going to cut it short and go get breakfast. Time to make Nha Trang and Camh Ran Bay! We miss you Louie Barnes. Today is dedicated to you!!


Instagram – June 5, 2017

Telling someone you really appreciated something goes a long way. This man made me the best freaking lemon grass roasted pork sandwich a person could eat. I told him how much I appreciated it, asked for a photo, and you would have thought I parted seas! Life can be rewarding on a small budget of kindness. #nhatrang #vietnam #food #kindness #thankyou#instagood #adventure


Facebook – June 5, 2017

What is he doing in Vietnam?

That’s the question my wife tells me everyone is asking. So what’s the answer? I’m choosing to go down the path less traveled.

It’s not always the easy choice. It’s not always the choice your friends might make. Yes, it can be scary. Cause a few sleepless nights. Leave you a little bruised. But, once you face those fears, you will be rewarded for it.

To everyone in our company. Thank you for choosing to come along our company’s journey with myself, Heath Stanley, and Brant Barnes. I know we still have some scary curves to maneuver, some sleepless nights to push through, and some bruises to heal from. But, I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else!

So, as I type this at 9:55 am in Nha Tran, Vietnam, I wish you a good night and challenge you to wake tomorrow and pause at your next fork in the road. Choose the one less traveled my friends!

Posted by Michael Hensley on Monday, June 5, 2017

This video shows our decent out of the mountains leaving Da Lat, Vietnam headed to Cam Ran Bay.

Below is a picture with my new friend, a TTC Hotel Security guard that I perceived as mad at me the night before.  However, his stares turned out to be one of intrigue.  Thank goodness Brant talked to him this morning and everyone realized we just wanted to say hello and become friends.

This view!

A river on the way to Cam Ran Bay.