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Old 10-29-2013, 07:05 AM   #76
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Hanging with the boys

Some catch up pics and words.
This caught my eye at the port waiting to get on the ferry. Bloody Google are into everything.
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I’m getting better at this ferry catching and managed to get PB pole position.
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The ferry was reasonably new and featured a mural on the two top passenger decks and a kids play area complete with playground equipment on the upper of the decks.
Ferry to Sumbawa photo R_FERRYART.jpg
The indoor seating was nice comfortable recliners and the two TV screens that showed the Moto2 and MotoGP live.
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We cruised on a flat blue sea past Komodo and other volcanic islands.
Komodo photo R_KOMODO.jpg

Sangeang photo R_SANGEANG.jpg
Sape Is an interesting port with houses and a mosque built on stilts over the water.
Mosque on water photo R_MOSQUEOVERWATER.jpg

Sape houses photo R_SAPEHOUSES.jpg
Horse and cart combinations are still very much in use here and as I discovered later over much of Sumbawa.
Horse power photo R_HORSEANDBUGGY.jpg
Salt harvesting seems to be one of the main industries here. The wind powered pumps caught my eye. They seem to be homemade and fashioned almost entirely of wood.
Salt harvest photo R_SALTFARMS2.jpg
Then it was a mad dash up a really good road full of twists and hills to Bima to meet up with a couple of the Tiger Motorcycle members. Luckily I’d had the new tyre fitted on the back and didn’t pull any unplanned power slides.
Met up with Aryz and Angga, two really genuine good blokes who looked after me very well. Thanks fellas.
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Angga was off to work at his day job as a police officer the next morning while Aryz gave me a tour of the town including the old Sultans Palace now converted to a museum.
Museum photo R_MUSEUM.jpg
The museum workers wanted to take my picture so I turned the cards on them and got them to pose.
Museum workers photo R_WOMENINUNIFORM.jpg
Then a run up a hill to the Sultans Tomb for a look over town. On the way back down I spotted this hack on the side of the road.
Vespa hack photo R_VESPAHACK.jpg
And had to stop for a pic. Turns out to be a metal fabrications shop with one of the workers having an artistic streak. I love this hybrid Vespa / Madass creation.
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And the wall art is pretty good as well, well it is to my eye anyway.
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After that I was given an escort to the town limits and shown the way to Dompu where I was going to meet Blek.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #77
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Good to know, how you blend with our local food, mobile bakso kitchen which is one of my favourite food menus as well.
But the best part is you were having Motogp show upon the ferry! lol
Stay safe & enjoy your trip :)
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:05 PM   #78
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Blek, Safril, Visa, Hodo and Tambora

Had an easy run to Dompu, the road quality keeps getting better the further west I go. Funny how the closer to the seat of power we get in a country the evidence of money being spent on infrastructure rises.
Stopped for a cold Coffee Soda along the way.
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When I reached the outskirts of Dompu I sent an text to Blek and her came and collected me. Blek is a larger than life character who explodes into laughter at the slightest excuse. We headed straight to a market area for a feed at a warung, nothing special just some ayam goreng (fried chicken) with the usual green veg and rice, then Blek ducks iover to another cart and comes back with the second course, shaved ice with strawberry flavouring, cubes of jelly in a variety of colours and cubes of bread, pretty good but not addictive.
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I told Blek my main goal on Sumbawa was to get my visa extension in Sumbawa Besa so without hesitation he says, let’s go then and we headed out of town on a 5 hour ride, simple as that. Another road with some really great sections of coastal twisty smooth bitumen but not a lot in the way of outstanding scenery, or maybe I’ve been spoilt by Flores.
We arrived after dark, Blek called a friend to get some directions to a good cheap hotel and we waited near another food cart for a return call. Tried out the little tarts and a milky jelly drink, very nice and refreshing.
Snack time photo R_SNACKWARUNG.jpg
Pretty soon we get a call and we’re off again to meet with Safril who immediately invites us to stay at his house. Safril is another really friendly and genuine person who was just delighted to be able to be of assistance and offer shelter. Blek explained what we were doing regarding the visa and by the end of the night I’ve been introduced to another nice bloke who just happens to work at the immigration office.
In the morning the bloke from immigration comes by and leads us too the office and through the process, not only that he also volunteers to be my sponsor for the visa extension, how cool is that?
Visa in hand just after lunch at less than half the cost others had told me they had paid so we headed back to the house to wait for Safril to return from his job as a high school computer sciences teacher.
With Safril now in the lead we visited this incredible example of pre-colonial architecture, it’s a sultan’s palace constructed entirely of wood and it’s huge. Unfortunately we couldn’t go inside but just seeing it was pretty special.

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Then we hit a bloody awful road out to Tanjung Menangis beach to check out the park and the resort. The island you can see in the distance is Moyo Island which apparently has a very exclusive resort with a guest list which includes Lady Di and one of the Bush presidents but I’m not sure which one.
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Next morning after pics with the family we off back towards Dompu but we veer off to the left about 20klm before the city towards Hodo natural spring and Mount Tambora.
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I’d blown the low beam on the headlight and decided to stop at a Honda shop on the way. It took a bit of running around town by one of the staff to find the old style bulb but in due course it was found and installed all for $5.50. One of the Honda ladies wanted her photo taken with me so I had one taken with my camera as well. I love the T shirt caption.
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Hodo should be a wondrous site; it sits at the foot of Tambora on a black volcanic sand beach where crystal clear spring water bubbles up through the rocks to form a small stream which flows across the sand to the sea. BUT it’s got litter everywhere and is nothing short of a bloody disgrace. What sort of group mentality prompts people to visit an area of such natural beauty and then discard their empty food, drink and cigarette containers all over the place?
Hodo Spring photo R_HODOSPRING.jpg

After cooling off we headed further down the road for better views of the mountain.
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Then went and had a look at the sea near a reasonable large lump of rocky hill that used to be part of the rim of Tambora about 30klm away. Took this opportunity to snap some classy artistic shots of me and PB.
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Then we got really carried away and did some video first a scene of me and PB approaching the coast.

Postie Bike ride along the coast of Sumbawa from Robin Thomas on Vimeo.



Then we played silly buggers and tried to get some air under PB. Yes I know it's pathetic but Blek would be bitterly disappointed if I didn't post it.

PB trying to get air from Robin Thomas on Vimeo.




Then back to Hodo to camp in the pergolas on the beach which we could do only after clearing a path through the litter.
Enjoyed a nice sunset and a pretty good sleep, even with the waves crashing onto the beach and the occasional truck passing or sometimes stopping for the driver to take a refresher break at the spring.
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Up early for breakfast and a quick wash in the spring and then off to Hu’u and Lakey Beach.
Stopped for this pic of an island trader.
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And a detour into Dompu for some 3G internet speed to do some up and downloading. Stopped at a café and had a couple of drinks. Coffee and Avocado Juice.
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More to follow later.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:20 PM   #79
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Artwork for sticker

Blek, wonderful and talented man that he is has taken a photo of PB and myself and created this for me. The intention now is to get stickers produced so I can deface walls posts and anything else along the way, marking my path so to speak. At least then I can follow the stickers back when I get lost. Sounds like a plot for a good story?

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:32 AM   #80
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It is Bush senior.

Ah, and before someone ask me, the woman with black dress and pink veil with her child is not my wife and child. She is Safril`s relative and so is the child.


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Old 11-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #81
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It is Bush senior.

Ah, and before someone ask me, the woman with black dress and pink veil with her child is not my wife and child. She is Safril`s relative and so is the child.


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Blek, get a T Shirt made with that on it and go back to that Honda Shop and introduce yourself to the Single Lady.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #82
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Love it Rob.

My first Asian trip was on a "China Honda" a Zinda 110 and I did over 3,000km on it in Vietnam.... but my legs are a tad long for it and I suffered badly with leg pains, so I'm sticking to bigger bikes these days.

I love seeing many of the places I visited (and many I didn't) through other eyes.

I hope we catch up somewhere on mainland Asia....
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:48 PM   #83
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Hu'u

After Dompu it was just a short jump down to Hu'u and the surf destination of Lakey Beach. Just out of Dompu we passed over a bridge and caught sight of this fishing festival.

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Lakey Beach

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Stayed at the Monalisa Beach Bungalows for 150,000rp for the night. I didn't think much of the area in general and don't think it has much to offer unless you happen to be a surf dude who like to hang out in western style bars paying too much for average food.
So we cut out of there the next morning back to Dompu to get the stickers made. I spotted this lady weaving and had to stop for a look.

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Got back to Dompu and with Blek's help again found a printer who could tackle the job quickly.
Booked into this cheap homestay for the night at 70,000rp or about $7 it is great value.

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Got the stickers and going to head west.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:17 AM   #84
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Blek, get a T Shirt made with that on it and go back to that Honda Shop and introduce yourself to the Single Lady.
If she wear something else I'll be dead for sure. =))
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #85
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My short trip starts in two days time. Reading your exploits gives nothing but enthusiasm to get on the bike and ride. Stickers? Put me down for 2. T shirts I want I want
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:05 AM   #86
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My short trip starts in two days time. Reading your exploits gives nothing but enthusiasm to get on the bike and ride. Stickers? Put me down for 2. T shirts I want I want
Thanks Tony San, I might need to send some stickers home then? I actually just bought them for tagging places.

Good luck on the ride and if you decide to do a RR please send me the link or post it on the CT110 FB page.
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Picked up the stickers which proved a bit of a let down; the bloody printer planted a bit of self advertising on the bottom of the artwork. It can be trimmed by hand cutting out and will be but the print quality isn't they good either. They'll do for now but I'll see if my friends in Bandung can help sort out something better.

Blek lead me to the foothills out of Dompu where we said our goodbyes. Again many thanks for everything Blek, you're a great bloke, I hope life treats you well.

I've been over this road twice before in the last week and it's still a nice ride along the coast. The road condition is very good with just the occasional bit of rubble from falling rocks and gravel on the corners where vehicles have dropped a wheel off the sealed surface.

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Stopped for a coffee and snack at the same warung we had visited days before and felt compelled to tag it. All the bike groups seem to stop here going by the stickers decorating the walls.

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Made good time to Sumbawa Besa, past many aquaculture operations. Prawns production I think as I passed a shrimp hatchery a bit further along the road.

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Spotted this hard working gent taking time out under a shady tree and snapped a pic as I cruised by.

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I kept motoring along, stopping just to fill the tank and wallet and to buy some melons for Safril and family who I had promised previously I would stop in to say hello on my way back through. Of course I was offered food and shelter for the night but graciously declined so I could continue west.

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West of Sumbawa Besa the island transforms from a dry and barren landscape to one of rice paddies, coconut plantations and all sorts of other agriculture, it's like two different islands. And for some reason the driving quality takes a severe nose dive. Safril had warned me so I was somewhat prepared but still a little surprised.

The road quality drops off a bit as well but still pretty good for the most part. There are hazards to be on the alert for though.

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I didn't really have any intention of getting to the ferry and was scoping out different places for a camping spot. Came around a corner and saw this mudflat with the late afternoon sun reflecting in the wet mud.

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I went past some likely looking spots but for some reason just kept on riding until I realised I was in salt, mud flat country and quality camp spots were all behind me. I'd bought a couple of cooked corn cobs at a roadside stall and ate one of those while riding along slowly then stopped for a pancake. and now it was getting very late so I just kept going to the ferry terminal, bought a ticket and boarded. Bloody hell I'm on my way to Lombok.
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Picked up the stickers which proved a bit of a let down; the bloody printer planted a bit of self advertising on the bottom of the artwork. It can be trimmed by hand cutting out and will be but the print quality isn't they good either. They'll do for now but I'll see if my friends in Bandung can help sort out something better.

Blek lead me to the foothills out of Dompu where we said our goodbyes. Again many thanks for everything Blek, you're a great bloke, I hope life treats you well.
I bet the owner of that printing company wear dark sunglasses.
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Lombok arrival

Ferry arrived at the port shown on the map as Lombok at about 10pm. From what I could see at night this is a purpose built ferry port and reasonably new. I headed down the main road towards Pringgabaya keeping a sharp lookout for a hotel.

Lombok photo lombok-map.jpg

Failing to find anything I pulled in to a large Fuel service station and asked if I could pitch my tent out the back. Blek had tipped me off about this previously and it paid off. There's a toilet block as well as washing facilities for the small prayer hall out back and a nice big flat shaded area.

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Nice early start the next morning, stopping at a small warung for some rice and eggs and of course coffee and then I continued on towards Mataram and Senggigi. It was Sunday and the traffic was terrible especially around the market towns where horse drawn carts, bikes, trucks, buses and cars all competed for road space with vendors and customers alike. I didn't stop to take pics, I needed to concentrate on just getting through. NOTE TO SELF: don't do any long rides on Sundays.

Once I was in the Mataram area I stopped for a refreshing coconut and honey drink.

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Then continued on to the very touristy town of Senggigi, found a reasonably priced hotel for 25000rp a night and checked in for 2 nights.
Rest time.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:56 AM   #90
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Pertamina gas stations are blessfull building for cruisers on two wheels.

My record so far was 9 days straight from Mataram to Jogja when I was a high school brat.

Lov u pertamina~ It is cheaper the way you are.

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