We take the longer, more scenic route to get out of Hanoi and get used to the bikes. Following the Red and then Black Rivers before heading into the hills. We also get off the main road and take some of the smaller roads and dirt tracks to wind our way over to the Hoa Binh Dam and then take the lakeside road to get to Mai Chau.
Today, we head down the Mai Chau Valley and take the quieter and longer route back to Hanoi. We get the chance to visit Pu Luong Nature Reserve and then hop over the ridgeline and back to Hanoi on the smaller roads. We finally take some of the ATK routes back and then speed along the highway to get back before dark.