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Vietnam: the aftermath
Well, Jeremy described it as ‘terrifying’ - at least until he got far enough north to escape the ‘seething mass of disorganised chaos’. Richard was happy at least until the pink paint came out and James was as cheerful as you’d expect him to be riding a bike. But how was Vietnam for you?
It was 1000 miles of everything you could throw at a novice rider - rain, traffic, twisty mountain terrain, beaches and unsuitably large gifts from well-meaning travelling companions. Or, as Clarkson put it, a ‘monotony broken only by a light sprinkling of discomfort’. And a short water crossing across that beautiful Limestone maze.
The Mole is confident we’ll all agree Clarkson’s Vespa wasn’t a good choice for the trip, but which of the ‘proper’ bikers chose best? James on his ‘greatest motorcycle in history’ Honda or Richard’s more rugged Russian option, chosen for its ability to deal with crap roads?
And how did Vietnam compare to the other Top Gear epics - better than the Polar race or Botswana?
You can read Top Gear telly boss Andy Wilman’s thoughts in his Vietnam special blog from last week - and we’ll be hearing more from him on what 2009 holds for Top Gear in the next few days. Until then, your thoughts please on the first Top Gear ever without a single car…