A Short Ride In The Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorcycle by Antonia Bolingbroke-kentA Short Ride In The Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorcycle by Antonia Bolingbroke-kent

A Short Ride In The Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorcycle

byAntonia Bolingbroke-kent

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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In Western cultures the Truong Son Mountains are known as the Annamites, but throughout this book I refer to them by their Vietnamese name, the Truong Son, meaning "Long Mountain." The Vietnamese called the Ho Chi Minh Trail the Truong Son Strategic Supply Route, hence to refer to them as Truong Son is more apt in this context. In 1975, the southern city of Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the North Vietnamese victors. Today, in spite of this change, the city is still largely known as Saigon, except by some northerners and for official purposes. I refer to it by its pre-1975 name, Saigon. Although the war that took place in Southeast Asia in the sixties and seventies is generally called the Vietnam War, the broad term that refers to the war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia is the Second Indochina War. This book is a journey through these three countries, hence I refer to the conflict as the Second Indochina War, as opposed to the Vietnam War. Often I just call it "the War." American intelligence and Vietnamese military cartographers used a different numbering system for the Trail on maps of the time. For example, the main north-south road through Laos was called 911 by the US and 128 by the North Vietnamese. Since I have been working from old North Vietnamese maps, I use their numbering system, as opposed to the US one. There is some disagreement as to whether the Honda Cub is a motorcycle or a moped. It has an automatic clutch and is rather smaller than your average motorcycle, but, on the other hand, has three gears, no running board, and bigger wheels than most mopeds. Most Cub fans will insist their steed is a motorcycle, and within this book I refer to it variously as a motorcycle, moped, bike, Cub, and C90.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent-better known as Ants-is an English writer whose favourite occupation is embarking on very long journeys in unsuitable vehicles; a habit which started in 2006 when she drove a bright pink tuk tuk from Bangkok, Thailand to Brighton, England with her friend Jo. Through the trip the duo raised $75,000 for charity, ...
Title:A Short Ride In The Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail By MotorcycleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.38 × 5.41 × 0.87 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Lost Classics Book Co.Language:English

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Table of Contents

About the Author vAuthor's Notes ix Map of Southeast Asia xiii 1 The World's Deadliest Road 1 2 The City of the Ascending Dragon 15 3 Going Solo 27 4 The Little Things 43 5 The Sorrow of War 57 6 Into the Long Mountains 79 7 The Kid on the Karst 91 8 The Race to Ban Laboy 115 9 All Roads Lead to Sepon 135 10 Girl on a Pink Moped 151 11 The Road to La Hap 165 12 Panther Revolts 183 13 The Bomb Brothers 197 14 Down from Dak Cheung 221 15 Mekong Sunsets 241 16 Trail Hunting with Mister D 257 17 The Lumphat Episode 279 18 The Long Way Round 297 19 A Saigon Conclusion 319 20 After 339 Glossary of Terms 349Timeline of the Indochina Wars 355Acknowledgements 361Bibliography 365

Editorial Reviews

A beautifully written tale teeming with descriptive gems and wickedly funny anecdotes, all delivered in an earthy, self-effacing style that has the words spilling off the page. Utterly absorbing and impossible to put down. A traveller's delight and classic-to-be!