Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

HoChiMinh Trail


The ZOCO Electric Bikes are doing great despite tough and demanding conditions in Vietnam. Every night brings torrential rains and the roads are covered with mud and potholes, ponds and streams with heavy traffic speeding along it.


The ZOCO Electric Bikes have 3 power assist settings, Low, Med and High – the boys are mixing between the three, so riding on Low power assist on the flat and High when they encounter a steep hill. This will give them a very large range from their battery but will slow their speed a little.


Walter and the team have been averaging 21kpm and with the batteries lasting over 100km without recharging. Today was a shorter distance, 72kms, but a few more hills.


ZOCO Electric Bikes have supplied the team with two batteries each, which they would use if they rode on high assist all day as they would be traveling in excess of 30kph, but one of the riders is using a standard push bike, so they do want to get too far away from him!


After lunch they left AH1 on 48B and headed for the HoChiMinh Trail, which according to the US National Security Agency’s official history of the war is “one of the great achievements of military engineering of the 20th century”.48B was a pleasant 30km road through rural areas with water buffaloes crossing the road.


Mark and Jim, our two superhero veterans riding manual bikes are riding along comfortably. None of the team would keep up with them on normal bikes.  We still need to find out what exactly Jim’s excuse is for being as fit as he is. The roads we are on are not suitable for road bikes in my humble opinion.


Tomorrow we hit the ‘HoChiMinh trail’: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh_trail, exciting stuff!




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