An epic motorcycle journey across Vietnam:
There are no tracks like Harley Tracks–41,000 miles alone across Vietnam to honor the Americans who fought and died there.
In 2008, Mike Rinowski went to Vietnam for his first time. To have a Harley Davidson there was as unexpected as his job offer. But as jobs came and went, his joy rides out of Hanoi and Nha Trang turned into a quest that rolled into a journey.
His free-spirited nature led him across a land of beauty while the climate entertained him. To help him appreciate a good day, tropical sunshine burned layers of skin off his arms, at times, he thought he would peel the nose off his face. He shivered in near freezing temperatures, and he was baptized in monsoonal rains. Mike partied with the HOG’s of Saigon and Hanoi, and he and his Fat Boy were known and welcome from one end to the other.
When he returned from his first ride for those who gave all, the bike had taken a beating and he walked with a limp, but what troubled him more was that he had missed something. Mike put his work aside, and his faith guided him into a spiritual realm; the solitude of battlegrounds, jungle, and the Ho Chi Minh Road was a powerful sensation, and he rode with a playful vengeance. He rode fearlessly and foolishly with a handful of throttle, and while his footboards scraped through turns and curves, he willed the sensations to them. He taunted the trails and the elements with a fist in the air. He felt invincible, yet, there were encounters. But he rode from each one, at times the bike was dented, bent, or broke and he was bruised, sprained, or fractured. Each time, he reminded himself, “It’s all part of the adventure. I’m the luckiest rider in Vietnam.”
Harley Tracks takes you on the ride of a lifetime. You’ll laugh with Mike, and you might laugh at him, and sometimes you might cheer for him, and you will feel his bond with the spirits of those he rode for.
After all that, he crossed America on his Harley, and his journey ended with a joy ride through Canada four and a half years laters.
Not bad for an unexpected road trip! He would have to talk with a priest, a monk, and a psychologist to decide if his paths were laid out by a higher power, fate, or desire.
Harley Tracks keeps those who gave all–not forgotten–with a unique story about their spirits on a wild ride across the land they saw last.
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Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall