5th Annual Nomadic Journey: Life Rediscovery in Vietnam

The perseverance of the Vietnamese people is unwavering, their spirituality is deep, they are hyper active in terms of fitness, and the plant-based foods they consume are pure and divine. This is why I chose a week-long mountain biking tour with Cambodia Cycling to rediscover life while riding from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to Vung Tau beach city. Continue to travel wide my friends and never rest on your laurels.

After a 22-hour flight from Washington, DC the plan was detailed but exciting. Once breakfast was complete we transferred out of the bustling city Ho Chi Minh to Tan Phu Trung village then rode through the rubber tree plantation to the Cu Chi Tunnels which were dug by Vietnamese during the American War. Next we pedaled from Tan Thanh to Ngai Giao then to Xuyen Moc and Binh Chau Hot Springs to have mud baths. Afterwards the team cycled along the coast to Long Hai in route to Vung Tau Beach City. The last leg had us continuing along the coast while finishing with a climb up to Nho Mountain to enjoy the sea view from inside the arm of the famous Jesus Statue. For more info on riding in East Asia visit http://www.cambodiacycling.com/.

Day one of our Mountain Bike Journey from Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels was enlightening. It was a beautiful, sunny day filled with curious kids greeting us along the route, idyllic countryside scenery, earthly vegan Vietnamese food, and historical education as we conversed with the locals. Burned over a thousand calories, created another indigenous global experience, and met more of my Asiatic brothers and sisters.

Free yourself from comfort zones and explore the deep culture and diversity of global, indigenous lands and its habitants. Assimilate with local customs, tradition, and plant-based foods while absorbing knowledge through experience. Learn the words of the people, smile and wave, and certainly contribute positively to their society before departure. Yes, live the life you love and love the life you live. ‪

Sunday morning in Vietnam was spiritually awakening and mentally empowering. As we road along in a small village town we stopped to take photos of Pho Quang Pagoda. Our guide asked us not to enter because we weren’t dressed properly. Nevertheless, Buddhist Thorn Chon approached and waved us in. From there the blessings transpired as The Most High showed his omnipresent reach. Thorn let us partake in a chanting prayer session, brought us bags of fruit and tea and opened his mind to instill us with his knowledge and spiritual power. We held hands, hugged, and laughed. Next he asked us to return to the Temple to stay for a few weeks to share one another’s worlds. Yes, of course I replied as tears shed. We will return soon come!

As I always say the best way to explore a new country is by hitting its streets for a 3-mile or plus run. Get lost on purpose and use your senses like honeybees to find your way back to the nest. But I was most excited when I stumbled upon this massive outdoor park that attracted the diversity of Ho Chi Minh City through one commonality: exercise!

Pure and fresh brown rice bowl in Vietnam to compliment our watermelon juice. Always seek that which is healthy over that which demises.

 Nomadic explanation on why we chose Vietnam to MTB for the 5th Annual Nomadic Journey.

You all know I love the kids and this Vietnamese crew was at Sunday school learning English when we rode by and changed one another’s perspective. I spoke to them in their language and they spoke to me in my language. It was beautiful connecting with my young Asiatic brothers and sisters. Continue living life people.

Spreading Vegan Power from the US to Vietnam. Of course my Plant Based dietary balance helped me MTB 100 miles across the countryside.

Here’s a simple message of LIFE after completing the 100-mile MTB journey from Saigon to the Ba Rja-Vung Tau Province nestled by the water. One Love!

* A Note on the Vietnam War

Neither side wins in war. As exciting as the Nomadic Journey was it was also sad and disturbing after our visit to the War Remnants Museum. Learning about and witnessing some of the torture tactics was sickening, especially the tiger cages and teeth pulling. All for what? Greed, ego and power; similar to the current 45! These lost souls in leadership positions need to listen to Robert Nesta Marley. #OneLove #PeaceOverWar