Long Nguyen Day 6, 7 & 8 – Breaking a Sweat
With so much to do in so little time, we started work early in the mornings and worked till we couldn’t see. We were working in 80 degree weather, and 90% or plus humidity. We ran out of water constantly, and did what we could to stay hydrated. The first day of building was easier compared to what was to come. We mainly built smaller features on trails, the demo jump for the town, and prepped the zone that was soon to be a bamboo drop and jump.
We woke up early on day 2 and headed out into the hills to start our bamboo build from scratch. The hike in was steep, and the hike out felt steeper. We were all slipping left and right, while carrying a ton of water and shovels. With the approval of the locals, we started cutting down bamboo for our features. We used vines, rope and nails to bind the bamboo together. Because we had a few men down with the flu (including me - I slept on the ground as they built), the riders worked extra hard, and started to get results by the end of the first day. After 10 hours of work we headed back to the hotel to get rested up.
The next day we all woke up early again, but felt drained from the day before. We made our way back to the zone, and we were lucky that day, since some of the locals offered to lend a hand. I started to feel better, and did what I could to help. As the day went on, everything was coming together. The drop was nearing completion, and the jump needed some water and packing.
We all started to get really excited as our hard work started to come together. We worked till we couldn’t see, and started our long hike out. We loaded up the truck and headed back to our hotel to rest up for a day of shooting.