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Old 10-30-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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Ride to Dry Lake Sentarum, deep West Kalimantan





The sun was quite hot that day. The heat was oppressive. We left the Sintang city, toward the far side of the area in West Kalimantan; Putussibau. 4 riders with each of us ride TVS Apache RTR ADV.Series, start moving towards the East. After the previous day took a heavy route with crushed asphalt road dominated and holes scattered everywhere, this time the trial is not over.









1 hour after Sintang, we began to enter the interior part of Borneo exotic region that is dominated by its natural green jungle of Borneo. Our left side, looks a towering hill that cast magic associations. Bukit Kelam. It was the name pinned by people of Borneo to the only existing hill at the region.
In the middle of the road, we decided to go to the shortcut that cut through the oil palm plantation. The hot day, making the expanse of red dirt roads without asphalt spreading thick dust and concentrated. Masks that we used worked properly to insulate the dust get into our respiratory tract. More than 1 hour, we continue to drive the middle of the oil palm plantation with a thick carpet of dust without a strategic location just stopping to rest.




After two hours at the center of the palm jungles and dusty road, we arrived on the pavement. Thank goodness. It turns out that our struggle is not in vain. Over 60 miles of struggle to get us to this point. We continue our journey by crossing the hot asphalt and smooth road. Not bad. Still 3 hours before we enter the Putussibau city. After sunset, with comrades greeted whose are biker communities in Putusibau we arrived safely. That night we rest comfortably at a friend’s house who was kind enough to provide shelter for the night.
The next day, we were driving back. One point that we are headed is a “Rumah Betang”, a home for Dayak Tamambaloh who have hundreds of years old. The house is made of ironwood, which the local people called it “Kayu Ulin”. The house was built with a height of 4 meters, with a length to the left and right side approximately 215 meters. So Incredible. In the past, ‘Rumah Betang” become a gathering place for the Dayak tribe consisting of dozens of heads of families and live together in a village that was 4 feet off the ground. Based on the information we got, this “Betang House” is the oldest extant and well maintained throughout the Kalimantan island.



Completed the visit, we continued our journey to the Lanjak village, the nearest village of Lake Sentarum which is upstream of Kapuas river. The trip is quite heavy. Expanse of gravel along tens of kilometers we had to go through at a moderate pace. Ahead of the village or settlement, the road turns into a smooth asphalt. Once through the village boundaries, road dust back into the expanse of red soil, landscape full of gravel roads, gravel and mud full of red soil in some point. 4 hours we struggled with decay road, and finally we arrived at the Lanjak village.



We decided to go to Lake Sentarum. What surprised us was that we expect the lake will be full of water, it turns into a muddy stretch of land. As far as the eye could see, just a landscape of mud. Our dual-purpose motorcycle is quite able to bring us in almost to the middle of the lake that has been turned into a stretch of land. Dried motorcycle tire tracks in some parts, and the rest of the water flow at many points. We decided to spend the night in the middle of the lake. We built our tent, and after the day went dark, there lived in the middle of the lake, itself, roof pitch dark sky. To be continued…
The sun was quite hot that day. The heat was oppressive. We left the Sintang city, toward the far side of the area in West Kalimantan; Putussibau. 4 riders with each of us ride TVS Apache RTR ADV.Series, start moving towards the East. After the previous day took a heavy route with crushed asphalt road dominated and holes scattered everywhere, this time the trial is not over.
1 hour after Sintang, we began to enter the interior part of Borneo exotic region that is dominated by its natural green jungle of Borneo. Our left side, looks a towering hill that cast magic associations. Bukit Kelam. It was the name pinned by people of Borneo to the only existing hill at the region.
In the middle of the road, we decided to go to the shortcut that cut through the oil palm plantation. The hot day, making the expanse of red dirt roads without asphalt spreading thick dust and concentrated. Masks that we used worked properly to insulate the dust get into our respiratory tract. More than 1 hour, we continue to drive the middle of the oil palm plantation with a thick carpet of dust without a strategic location just stopping to rest.
After two hours at the center of the palm jungles and dusty road, we arrived on the pavement. Thank goodness. It turns out that our struggle is not in vain. Over 60 miles of struggle to get us to this point. We continue our journey by crossing the hot asphalt and smooth road. Not bad. Still 3 hours before we enter the Putussibau city. After sunset, with comrades greeted whose are biker communities in Putusibau we arrived safely. That night we rest comfortably at a friend’s house who was kind enough to provide shelter for the night.
The next day, we were driving back. One point that we are headed is a “Rumah Betang”, a home for Dayak Tamambaloh who have hundreds of years old. The house is made of ironwood, which the local people called it “Kayu Ulin”. The house was built with a height of 4 meters, with a length to the left and right side approximately 215 meters. So Incredible. In the past, ‘Rumah Betang” become a gathering place for the Dayak tribe consisting of dozens of heads of families and live together in a village that was 4 feet off the ground. Based on the information we got, this “Betang House” is the oldest extant and well maintained throughout the Kalimantan island.
Completed the visit, we continued our journey to the Lanjak village, the nearest village of Lake Sentarum which is upstream of Kapuas river. The trip is quite heavy. Expanse of gravel along tens of kilometers we had to go through at a moderate pace. Ahead of the village or settlement, the road turns into a smooth asphalt. Once through the village boundaries, road dust back into the expanse of red soil, landscape full of gravel roads, gravel and mud full of red soil in some point. 4 hours we struggled with decay road, and finally we arrived at the Lanjak village.
We decided to go to Lake Sentarum. What surprised us was that we expect the lake will be full of water, it turns into a muddy stretch of land. As far as the eye could see, just a landscape of mud. Our dual-purpose motorcycle is quite able to bring us in almost to the middle of the lake that has been turned into a stretch of land. Dried motorcycle tire tracks in some parts, and the rest of the water flow at many points. We decided to spend the night in the middle of the lake. We built our tent, and after the day went dark, there lived in the middle of the lake, itself, roof pitch dark sky. To be continued…
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it's gonna be a great ride-report if you tell the whole story,
from bike preparation & departure.
how do you get your bike from Jakarta to Kalimantan?
by air or sea ?
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