On my way to Laos I had to head back up the Ho Chi Minh Trail from Saigon. I was excited to go back to the Central Highlands as I really enjoyed my time there before. Buon Ma Thuot has some of the best coffee I've ever had, and Kon Tum was a very friendly city with some sights we didn't get a chance to see. I stayed in BMT for a night with a great couple that I met on couchsurfing. They were so nice, and Trang made a delicious cup of coffee. They even had durian trees in their backyard, but it wasn't the season for them yet. :( boohoo.
I left BMT and was heading to Kontum, about 220km away. Unfortunately on the way there my clutch started acting up. I was able to deduce where the problem lied but not how to fix it. WIth no clutch it's sort of hard to get into first after kick starting, so I stayed in top gear most of the time and tried to not stop at all. When I would stop, I'd look for hills nearby so that I could bump-start into second and go from there. When I got into Kon Tum my hotel recommended a mechanic for me. Though he never worked on Minsk's before and couldn't speak english I was able to show him where my problem was and he was able to help fix it. I then had him put a new back tire on as mine was pretty worn down and from what I had heard the roads and Laos are pretty rough so good treads would be needed. I can not tell you how smart a move this was. I then took the new tire for a test drive in the local villages. Off-roading with good tires is much more fun, though less skiddy. I did get stuck in the mud at one point while crossing a stream. One of the fun part of having a simple bike like mine is that you aren't as scared about having your bike go through water. If it gets wet it just needs time to dry. :)
So all throughout most of the central highlands are tons and tons of coffee fields. I wish I had done more to tour or learn about them but I didn't. I just drove by them. This is a picture of a coffee plant, but I didn't see any beans.