A road marker that Hellmantle (Trapp) and D'Aqs passed while looking for the map in northern Vietnam. It marks 128km from Hanoi and 13km to Laocai, still a day's ride from Dien Bien Phu.
The French-engineered roads in northern Vietnam were among the best roads Trapp had ridden on, as described in Chapter 32
in Cathedral of Truth
. Not only did Hellmantle flourish during the ride
on the other side of the Red River Canyon, D'Aqs had his first taste of the freedom and beauty of motorcycle journeying, paving the way for a paradigm shift that manifests in India.