By Raan Parton Photo by Dave Christenson
After the exhaustion of yesterday’s ride, we woke up in Ho Chi Minh, still worn out from the long trip. We reflected on where all the time had gone: sleep-overs at the factory, 8 hour commute to Vinh Long, night commute in the rain, hitching rides on boats down the Mekong Delta, field mice and snail BBQs, surfing the South China Sea, and now getting ready to say goodbye to Vietnam and head back to the US – a bittersweet reality.
Geoff came by first thing in the morning for iced coffees, we had some work to get caught up on before leaving. We grabbed the bikes and went to a small café to wait for Jacques to arrive from his two-hour commute to get the final transit issue development in our hands. Geoff and I were fired up to see the progress and quickly finalized last minute adjustments before I headed to the airport.
The concept of transit issue is to provide the most durable and travel-focused range of product for people on the move. As I was running to the airport with the final transit issue development it was reassuring to know that between the field testing and tedious development process - anyone that loves to travel will appreciate the simple functionality of our first transit issue item, releasing tomorrow, Oct. 14th at 5am PST. The first round of this transit issue item is only available to the first 20 people that purchase. The upcoming three colors of this product will have more stock.
Our cinematographer, Dave Christenson, chose to take some down time after a grueling trip of capturing endless hours of jaw dropping footage on his Canon 7D for our upcoming Vietnam film. Christenson had such an eventful Day Thirteen in the fishing village we were in yesterday that we decided to hand over our journal to him to share his words and images while riding 134 miles through the Vietnamese countryside on his Condor Leggero bicycle. The guys from Rapha are looking forward to featuring their favorite cinematographer on their blog as well.