If I could go back to school, I'd major in journalism. If you can make it as a writer, you may just find yourself leading an incredibly interesting life. It's tough going to be a journo but the perks can be huge. Recently, my boy Porter Fox (all-world writer, lives in NYC, yes i'm jealous) retraced the Rudyard Kipling Poem, The Road to Mandalay by bicycle for a story he was working for a mag that I will forego mentioning right now. Gotta keep the suspense, I'll post it when it drops. The trip took him and a friend through modern day Vietnam and Burma and presented some interesting challenges for equipping his gear needs. He needed a bike that could take some bumps but the terrain would be almost 50/50 dirt and pavement. Some of the areas were going to see some pretty gnarly drops so we immediately went to a suspension fork. The frame needed to be able to take some abuse so we went with the Trek 6700 and 6700 WSD. The pavement was what threw us. While the 6700 is a mountain bike, Porter and his companion would find their lives and travels made much easier if we could get them some slicks. My compadre, Natascha (Bontrager Diva), kicked in some wide slicks with some puncture-proof aspects and we wished the travelers all the best.
Porter got back to the states and hooked me up with the video from his time riding through Vietnam. The helmet-cam provides some interesting views and a great view of the country-side and locals.