Â OK, so I am currently on a motorbike 'road-trip' around the picturesque mountaneous area of Sapa. Me, Phil and Ferrina (Swiss girl that we met in Laos, who is travelling with us for a while), hired out a motorbike each and have taken to the hills for 4days. As I had never ridden a manual motorbike before, we also hired a guide to drive me on the back: his name is Lhong (very nice Vietnamese chap), also we thought it would be far safer with a local, who knows the roads etc.
Â Â So today is the 3rd day of our road trip, and tomorrow, we head back to Sapa. But it has been fun to say the least: yesterday, there was a bit of an accident (2nd brush with death lol!), when Lhong was trying to put his helmet on, and all of a sudden lost control of the bike, no surprises: we fell off! But everything was OK...We both managed to get away with a few scratches.
Â However, today has been full of excitement: I decided to have ago at driving a manual alone: therefore, Ferrina said I could use her bike, and she went on the back with Lhong. I FELL OFF TWICE!!!
Â Â It had nothing to do with my driving though: it had been raining very heavy this morn, and some of the roads are just mud tracks, therefore, they can become very very dangerous and slippery at time, (especially if you dont know how to handle the bike and/or roads!), the first time I fell off because I just lost control of the bike, and it slipped in the mud, luckily I fell onto the grass verge at the side, and just came away with a very muddy ass!
The second time, was about 5mins later: again the road was so muddy, and I just slipped again: this time I was covered in mud: Luckily Phil managed to get a pic of me looking ridiculous: We were all in stitches (not in the literal sense of course), because it was so funny that in the space of 2 days, I am the only one who has managed to come off the bike, and the fact that I was covered in mud certaintly added to the comical value of things.
Anyways, tomorrow we head back to Sapa, where we plan to undertake a 4day trek up Fansipan mountain (Indo-china's highest peaked mountain!!), god knows how I will manage it: and fingers crossed there won't be any falling trees!! lol.