No Easy Exploring Vietnam’s Central Highlands
on the Back of a Motorcycle Story and photos by Christine Pickering
y motorcycle driver, Ha Van Binh, exits the sparsely populated highway, heading away from Nha Trang — one of Vietnam’s largest coastal cities. As we move from smooth asphalt to red dirt, dust flies up, blocking my view and clogging my throat. I’m new to motorcycles, and although Binh has been driving for decades and proudly reports no fatalities, I grip the back of the vehicle until my hands go numb. We continue to bounce along, approaching a narrow mountain pass at 50 kilometers an hour. The bike spits out dirt and chunks of rock as we cut new tracks into the road. I look back to see a red dust storm behind us.
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