After 1,200 miles on their bikes, two strangers became sisters.
In 2015, Rebecca Rusch and Huyen Nguyen set out to bike 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail as strangers from once-opposing countries. The two cyclists navigated the infamous trail through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, carrying the weight of their personal connections to the land. The journey challenged not only their physical capabilities, but their notions of war, pride, sorrow, and loss. Rusch planned the ride in honor of her father, who died in 1972 while flying a fighter jet over Laos. Rusch was 3 years old when her father died. Nguyen helped Rusch through the sometimes-dangerous terrain, carrying her own personal stories of the war. What did they face, head on, as they rode together?
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