I’m alive, my computer’s not.

Yup, the inevitable has happened. My old, second-hand, cheap, ugly, heavy, POS has finally given up the ghost. The only way to get it working is to take it to the dude at the Hanoi laptop hospital – he’s a whiz with a soldering iron. Unfortunately, his fixes only last for about three hours at a time.

I’m now writing from my phone, but even this little blurb has been so annoying to compose that I can tell I won’t want to do it often. Plus, what’s the point without the pictures?

I’m not sure what this means for the future of 3RR the website, but I expect it means that 3RR the trip will go on with a substantially lighter load (-10%!) and higher mooching potential.

In real news, I’m cycling around NW Vietnam. After two weeks off the bike I had forgotten how hard it can be and made a plan for myself that was a bit more ambitious than I had realized. In the last four days I’ve had three of the toughest of the whole trip, what with mountains and high temperatures and being hungover from stupidly stopping at a random wedding and getting immediately bombarded with whiskey from every direction.

See, it really is hardly worth it without the pictures.

nevertheless I’m still alive and only 240km from the border back to China. I’m also 200km from the next ATM, which might pose a problem since I only have $7.50 left to get me there. Hopefully I happen upon some coconuts along the way.

That’s all. In bed by 8, up at 5, climb the mountain before it gets too hot. The last 1000m climb took me four hours, in my lowest gear, at a pace of 6km an hour or so. Now I’ve got two of those coming up, with a bit of up and down in between.

Well, here goes nothing.

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7 Responses to I’m alive, my computer’s not.

  1. Tanya says:

    So this is where you’ve been. Didn’t know about this blog. Thought you’d disappeared until FB informed be about photos of two dear friends from SK happily reunified in Vietnam. Now I’m happy and consoled. Carry on.


  2. Jeff says:

    Sad! Let us know how we can help!

  3. seth says:

    I hope you still update, even without pictures. I have definitely not been following your blog for the pics. Keep this blog and also yourself alive!

  4. Chris says:

    Maybe you’ll come across another traveler selling his/her laptop too?

  5. Melissa says:

    Yes, please keep us updated. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. 🙂 Sucks about the computer problems… :/ Good luck with the trip and making it to the ATM!

  6. Chris says:

    Did you run out of money? Did you have to sell bicycle parts to make it to the next ATM?

    • Michael Roy says:

      It turned out that while there wasn’t an ATM in the town, there was indeed an Agribank, where a nice young lass changed 20USD into 400,000VND for me – a quasi- under the table trasnaction and decent rate to boot! So, I survived for 5 days on 25 bucks, spent my last 85 cents on some friend rice at the border, and made it into China with totally empty pockets. Triumph!!