Photo gallery: Book tells tale of moped ride through bomb-littered jungle for north Norfolk-born adventurer

Antona Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - at the start in Hanoi with a clean machine

Antona Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - at the start in Hanoi with a clean machine - Credit: Archant

It was a trek through bomb-littered jungle on a pink-painted commuter scooter.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - a Cambodian style petrol station

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - a Cambodian style petrol station - Credit: Archant

The 2,000-mile journey by a north Norfolk born woman was an adventure that has now been captured in the pages of a book.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - tired after a hard day's riding

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent jungle moped trek - tired after a hard day's riding - Credit: Archant

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, known as Ants, travelled alone through the mountains and jungles of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia - along the No Chi Minh trail.

Her 'steed' was a 25-year-old Honda C90 moped, named the Pink Panther because of its paint job.

Along the way there were mechanical breakdowns, maroonings in rutted muddy roads, and meetings with people from former American fighter pilots, to tribal chiefs, illegal loggers and bomb disposal experts.


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Ms Bolingbroke-Kent, who was born and brought up in the village of Wickmere, near Holt, said the trip was partly to highlight the work of the Mines Advisory Group.

The charity is locating and clearing just some of the up to 800,000 tonnes of unexploded American ordnance which rained down on the area during the Vietnam War.

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'Millions of tourists visit Southeast Asia every year yet this journey took me to areas where the land was not only still fatally contaminated by UXO left over from the Vietnam War, but inhabited by people who ran away at the sight of a foreigner.

'It was an extremely tough adventure both physically and mentally,' she added.

The trek raised more than £2,000 for the cause through sponsorship pledges.

Ms Bolingbroke-Kent, 35, now lives in Bristol but still regularly visits her family in Norfolk.

See more about her adventures at www.theitinerant.co.uk

A Short Ride in the Jungle - The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent is published in paperback priced £8.99 by Summersdale (ISBN: 978 1 84953 543 4).

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