Rainy Season in Vietnam – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 142 – 27 October 2019

Rainy Season in Vietnam – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 142 – 27 October 2019

– ODO- 17811-17969km
– Location- Hanoi
– Weather- 22-24 with constant downpours

I’ve never seen so much water on the road. I followed the highway on the hard shoulder as the rain come down. I left at 5-30, just before sunrise, to get to Hanoi early to relax and settle in but as I awoke the sky was split by lightening and thunder rolled through driving bursts of rain into my face. The highway was quiet at this time, being early and on a Sunday. The hard shoulder was ample and even when I had to move out to avoid the large puddles there was rarely other traffic.

As the rain continued the road got busier and my luck ran out. As I came to a flooded section which spread across all lanes and the shoulder two trucks crawled up behind with horns blazing. I stuck to the white line just visible below the water. At first my wheel split the water with ease. I kept sinking. My feet were fully submerged at each pedal stroke. I kept sinking. Finally my panniers touched the water and sunk through. If I didn’t have 55km of kit they would have started to float. Finally to put the icing on the cake the trucks passed driving a wave of water soaking me head to toe in the Goretex jacket.

Thankfully the weather dried up a little and with the help of a tail wind I make it 150km to Hanoi. The traffic was a doddle after Istanbul, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.


Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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