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Live!Journal of the GlobeRiders IndoChina Adventure 2009



GlobeRiders is thrilled to conduct our second IndoChina Adventure 2009, a 37-day, 6,500 kilometer immersion in the spell-binding cultures of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia.  I will lead the six participants on this tour.  This is the home page of our Live!Journal, a web travelog of stories and photos from the field.


Our journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam on 23 Sep, terminating in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 29 Oct.  To acquaint you with our route, we have an interactive map (courtesy of Google Maps) at the top of this page.  By clicking on the pan and zoom controls in the upper left hand of the map, you can see where we'll be riding.  If you click and hold in the map, you can drag the map around.  To reset the map, refresh your browser.


At least once a week (sometimes, bi-weekly if time and internet connections permit), we'll send an email newsletter to all subscribers in our database. This newsletter will contain one or more clickable links to new Weekly Chapters (which you can also access directly via the Navigation Menu above). If a Weekly Chapter has been published, it will be highlighted in blue.  If it has yet to be published, it will remain white.


In addition, there are two special "Weekly" Chapters.  The Bikes & Bios Chapter gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with our participants.  It contains a short biography and a couple of favorite photos from each of our tour members.


There is also a Satellite Tracking & Navigation Chapter. My motorcycle is equipped with a SPOT Personal Tracker.   Every 10 minutes, the SPOT transmitter uploads my current position via satellite, and this in turn updates a tracking frame which you can see on that page, showing my current position and also our track to date.


Back in early August, we loaded each participant's motorcycle into our container.  Bikes went in first, checked and strapped, packaged panniers went in last, the doors were closed and latched, and the tamper-proof seal was applied.  The container was then trucked to the port and loaded aboard a freighter for the long voyage across the Pacific Ocean to Hi Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by most who live there.



Locked, loaded, and ready to ship.  Next stop,
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

This container's loading crew, from left to right: Harrison Christian, Helge, Laura Seaver, Tom Grennon.

Our group is six participants total: one women, five men, on six bikes.  We are one Canadian, one Norwegian, and four Americans.


Come Ride the World with Us!


Helge Pedersen - GlobeRiders Founder

Guide, Photographer, Journalist, Traveler



Participants on This Adventure

Baughman, Frank

Christian, Debbie

Christian, Harrison

McCaulley, Mac

Pawluk, Pete

Than, Phan
Vietnam Guide - Director, Vyta Tours


Helge Pedersen
GlobeRiders Founder - Tour Leader




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