Following the Front Wheel- Postie Bike Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RDT953, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    The motor had been getting a bit noisier and I suspected it was due for a valve adjustment so booked the bike into Bajawa Honda for a full service, check up and tune and a new back tyre. All work completed promptly including new rear brake shoes and only $35 total.

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    After returning to Bajawa Honda with all luggage on-board for some photos I headed north for Riung. The road winds up into the mountain spine that runs all the way down Flores and the engine now tuned and serviced was running both quieter and smoother and the new brakes and tyre were welcome additions on the downhill runs. The road is pretty beat up for much of the way so the bus and truck operators choose a longer route.

    I went past groups of men carrying spears, some walking and others on motorbikes, all heading in the same direction towards Riung. Later I came across another group stopped on the side of the road with a bike leaking fuel from a split tank. They were trying to patch it with soap without any success. I remembered that I had some JB Weld two part epoxy in my kit and in a few minutes it was all repaired.

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    I stopped to buy water and a snack from a small village shop and noticed this church.

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    No matter how humble the dwellings in these tiny villages there is invariably a grand house of worship for whichever branch of the faithful holds sway.

    I pushed on until I caught sight of the north coast and then stopped for a break in the shade.

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    Made my way down the road which was very steep now; at times it's more of a controlled fall off a cliff than a ride down a road and found the Liqueen Cafe for a late lunch of Spanish Omelette and coffee, delicious and just $2.20.

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    The owners kid was bugging the hell out of me, climbing on the table and jabbering away so I put Nemo on and set the laptop on another table.

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    Looked around for a place to stay and found Tamri Homestay, an absolute bargain at just $8.50 a night.

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    Used the rest of the day to edit photos and to catch up on the RR.
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  2. mammutetzsidecar

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    Rob, This is one of the best journey reports I've followed for a long time. Not only covering your PB progress but keeping us entertained with some great pictures of local people as well as the scenery. Your descriptive meal stops make Nathans constant biscuit remarks in his book make it appear that you both travelled in different places. When do you find the time to do the updates?
    :clap:clap:clap
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  3. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    Glad you're enjoying the RR Tony San and thanks for the feedback. As you rightly guessed it's very time consuming and quiet a bit of work so it's good to know that it's being well received.

    Where does the time come from? Well I had a bit of a rest day in Riung so used that for some catching up and today has been pretty easy as well, just an hours ride this morning and then a couple of hours chasing the possibility of getting my visa extended here in Labuan Bajo and choosing a tour to go and see dragons. I've done some editing of pics today and currently in restaurant with free wifi to upload pics and video.
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  4. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    On leaving Riung, regardless of the destination the advice is to head east and then south to Ende to get back to the good road the easiest way possible. I considered that option for a split second but quickly concluded that it wouldn't be in the spirit of "Following the Front Wheel" and besides I'm on a Postie Bike so rough roads hold no fear for us.

    Bayu (owner of the homestay I was in) told me that on the road to the west along the north coast, the first 30km were very bad but after that it was good road. So west it is then. I'm so glad I decided to go that way, I had a fantastic day, and here's why.

    The road starts out pretty bad but gets worse soon enough.

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    Long downhill washed out sections of dirt and equally long washed out uphill sections.

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    Bits where the road has collapsed.

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    But rewarded with incredible views of calm shallow bays that are fished by man and monkey alike. I was never quick enough with the camera to catch any monkey action, they are hunted for the table in these parts so understandably are a might skittish.

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    I came to a village not more than 8km out of Riung and saw this lady weaving under the house. I signaled that I'd like to come over for a look and was invited in. After getting permission I took some pics and video.

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    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/77762089" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/77762089">The weaver near Riung Flores</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user21799425">Robin Thomas</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Then produced a print for her which had the usual effect of spinning her and her friends out completely. She started yelling instructions at one of the younger girls who raced up the steps, inside and then came out with an A4 size card with these pics on it.

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    She was clearly pleading with me to make a print of this card which of course I did. I have no idea of the importance of that card but she was overjoyed to have a copy.

    I continued on up the road stopping for pics and to rest the body from time to time.

    A gratuitous shot of PB

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    Followed by a shot of engineering excellence.

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    About half way along the dirt section I came upon a tourist "Eco Lodge" which was fortuitous as it's Flores Coffee time.

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    A nice place run by the lady in the pic above and owned by her and her French husband. Seems he's in France drumming up business and she's holding the fort. It's a nice place, very remote though and a bugger of a drive to get to it.

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    The road now was good gravel and I was making good time getting all the way up to 40kph at times. And then almost at the 30km mark exactly.

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    White lines and everything and all to myself. I was fairly flying along now and making good time. Look at that road and the views and NO TRAFFIC, this is bike heaven

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    Riding over a bridge a splash of bright colours caught my eye, laundry day by the river.

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    Passed through a number of villages where the materials used in house construction are a blend of traditional and modern.

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    Continued on a similar vein until the small town of Reo and then the road heads inland along a river where all sorts of activity are on the go.

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    The road stayed in remarkably good shape apart from a few small sections where the tarmac had broken up or been destroyed by land slips. I was now climbing some serious hills again with several first gear sections. There are masses of terraced mountain sides for rice production. I've put pics of this in on other days so will leave them out here.

    It was getting on for lunch time and apart from the fried banana breakfast I'd not eaten so stopped at this mobile Bakso Kitchen for a fortifying soup. Great value, a beef stock with noodles, beencurd some veg and two boiled eggs. I don't like the beef balls they put in so opted for the extra egg. A good feed for $1

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    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/77762093" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/77762093">Mobile Bakso Kitchen</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user21799425">Robin Thomas</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    After this the road enters a high altitude valley completely given over to rice production and harvest was in full swing. By this time I was in light rain so sorry but no pics. The rain got heavier so the wet weather gear came out for another test. It's a suit I picked up at Biker7 in Japan and it's very good. The jacket is a nice bright Honda red; with that and my white beard the kids along the sides of the road must have thought Christmas had arrived early.

    I get all sorts of reactions on this trip, mostly it's a friendly "hello mister" yelled by one and all and a big wave. Sometimes it's a shocked "whoa" but on a couple of occasions I've had kids turn on their heels and bolt as fast as their spindly little legs will carry them. Not sure what that's about but Simon, whom I met on the ferry to Larantuka did say he had at first thought I was a priest! :wink:

    I thought I might make it all the way to Labuan Bajo and probably could/should have but I saw and decided to stop at this homestay about an hour before and in the mountains above the city. Note to self, avoid like the plague any homestay with a 2 year old. The kid cried all bloody night.

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    So now kicking back on the deck of a restaurant overlooking the rocky islands dotting the shores of western Flores Island. tomorrow I go to those islands because, there be dragons.
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  5. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Don't leave them out. I somehow never tire of seeing the terraced
    rice paddies and it's been over 50 years since I saw my last.

    Keep it coming. I'm really enjoying the tour, and the food. It's
    almost like watching Anthony Bourdain.
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  6. platypus121

    platypus121 CT.110 NZ

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    Respect for what you are doing, and even more for how you are doing it.

    Involvement with locals (as one of them, not as an air-conditioned tourist)
    can be hard for paranoid westerners like me to achieve.
    Your approach shows it is possible, and the benefits of blending in.

    There was a comment about the slowness of the Postie, but that is one of its advantages - time to watch that
    lizard crossing the road, and see all the other little details that the 1200cc gang ride past (or over).

    Ride slow - see it all.


    Cheers,
    Bernard
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  7. Lunapaso

    Lunapaso n00b

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    Really, that says it all. Keep going mate, us armchair-adventurer wannabes are savouring every moment.....I wonder what happened to the midwives?:D
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  8. blek

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    Last time on my trans-sumatran trip I lost my ATM so I'm kinda short of money. Thank goodness in Indonesia there are roadkills everywhere to survive. :D
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  9. mammutetzsidecar

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    Dragons you say. I see one every day, :rofl one of the disadvantages of living with the MIL. Rob, if you don't see one, you can have her with pleasure.
    Your pannier bags look quite substantial, where did you get them Rob?
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  10. haildamage

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    really enjoying the full reports mate! keep em coming please!
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  11. foxaviz

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    Totally agree!!

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  12. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement and the feedback. I have a more substantial update pending but need faster internet speeds to upload pictures to the bucket.
    Arrived in port after a brilliant ferry crossing and booked into a cheap hotel. Then got a call from a member of the Honda Tiger Club in Bima asking if I'd come up to Bima so a quick change of plans and off to Bima. The hotel refunded most of my $$ so no problem.
    More to follow.
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  13. dijical

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    I'm really enjoying hitching along with your ride - subscribed. :lurk
    I know it's a lot of work generating a report like this, but your pain is our gain. :clap
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  14. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    Got into Labuan Bajo (LB) and found a hotel that had secure parking for PB and was far enough away from any mosque that I wouldn’t be hearing the call to prayer at all hours, at $25 a night it was more than I wanted to pay but I figured it was worth it to keep the bike secure and to get some sleep.
    The waterfront of LB is a tourist strip with shops and food outlets catering to western tastes. It’s also a popular dive destination so it has plenty on offer for big boat tours of 2 or more days. I didn’t like the feel of the place but it does have lots of free wifi. &#61514;
    With some help from locals I found the immigration office and collected all the documents but couldn’t find any agent who could act as a sponsor for the extension. The visa I have is a “Social and Cultural Visa” good the first time for 30 days but with 4 x 30 day extensions that can be applied for in country. At Kupang there was an agent who for a small fee would have orgsnised it all for me but during my time in Kupang it was Muslim holidays and the immigration office was closed.
    Went shopping for a tour to see the dragons and found that Rinca Island tours were being pushed rather than Komodo. Rinca is closer and safer to get to in the small boats and is an easy day trip. Later at the hotel I was chatting to some radio technicians who service the national park radios and they reckoned Rinca was a better option as well. One of the technicians took a real liking to PB and asked if he could sit on it and get a photo taken. Of course he wanted to buy PB as well so I took a pic and joked with him that if the bike was gone when I returned from the island that his pic was going to the police.
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    It pays to shop around for these tours; I was quoted 650,000rp, 750,000rp and finally 250,000rp. Everyone is selling essentially the same tour where the passengers pay their own park entrance fees etc. I was sharing my boat with a couple from Germany who were good company so all in all it was a good day.
    Approach to Rinca Island
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    Crocodiles this far west?
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    The entry gate to the park.
    PIC OF GATE
    We had been assigned our guide and protector back at the pier and after paying all the fees at the office we were on our trek. The 3 of us had decided we were more interested in the trek on the island than the opportunity for a swim and snorkel on the way back so we opted for the longer of the two treks on offer. Our guide was excellent with good knowledge of the dragons as well as the other fauna and flora in the park and a good sense of humour. The German bloke was asking all sorts of serious questions about the growth rates and the survival rates of the young dragons and other really sensible stuff. I asked the guide how old they were before they grew their dragon wings and learnt to fly. At first he just looked at me and then he went into some detail about these being Komodo Dragons and they don’t grow wings. I persisted and asked if we would see any that breath fire then; no sir these are Komodo Dragons, not that sort of dragon. Then he caught on that I was taking the piss and had a good laugh.
    Anyway we had a good trek, saw some dragons and a massive beehive swinging from a tree branch.
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    Also saw some dragon food. Apparently the dragons sneak up behind the poor beasts and bite them in the marriage tackle with their foul poisonous bite. They then wait for the buff to die of the infection and then home in for the feast.
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    I gave the tour guide a hefty tip as did the German couple for putting in the extra effort and we were back to the boat for the swimming, lunch and trip back to LB.
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    Took in the sunset over a lovely avocado milkshake at one of the free wifi places and then off to a warung for dinner of chicken, potato and rice.34000rp
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    Still a bit peckish so down to the next warung for a chocolate and condensed milk pancake 8000rp
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    Early to bed, tomorrow I take the ferry to Sumbawa Island to meet up with a motorcycle club and to see where the front wheel takes me.
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  15. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    288
    Location:
    Kobe Japan
    Got them sent over to Kobe from Andy Strapz in Australia. He's got a website.
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  16. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    288
    Location:
    Kobe Japan
    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&#8217;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.
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    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.
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    Sape Is an interesting port with houses and a mosque built on stilts over the water.
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    Horse and cart combinations are still very much in use here and as I discovered later over much of Sumbawa.
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    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.
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    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&#8217;d had the new tyre fitted on the back and didn&#8217;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.
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    The museum workers wanted to take my picture so I turned the cards on them and got them to pose.
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    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.
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    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.
    #76
  17. foxaviz

    foxaviz Adventurer

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    90
    Location:
    Klaten, Indonesia
    Good to know, how you blend with our local food, mobile bakso kitchen which is one of my favourite food menus as well. :thumb
    But the best part is you were having Motogp show upon the ferry! lol
    Stay safe & enjoy your trip :)
    #77
  18. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011
    Oddometer:
    288
    Location:
    Kobe Japan
    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&#8217;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&#8217;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.
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    Pretty soon we get a call and we&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s a sultan&#8217;s palace constructed entirely of wood and it&#8217;s huge. Unfortunately we couldn&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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?
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    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.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78326929" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78326929">Postie Bike ride along the coast of Sumbawa</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user21799425">Robin Thomas</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    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.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78328840" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78328840">PB trying to get air</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user21799425">Robin Thomas</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>


    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&#8217;u and Lakey Beach.
    Stopped for this pic of an island trader.
    <a href="http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/RDT953/media/Indonesia%20Postie%20bike%20ride/R_ISLANDTRADER.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q493/RDT953/Indonesia%20Postie%20bike%20ride/R_ISLANDTRADER.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo R_ISLANDTRADER.jpg"/></a>
    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.
    <a href="http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/RDT953/media/Indonesia%20Postie%20bike%20ride/R_AVOCADOJUICE.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q493/RDT953/Indonesia%20Postie%20bike%20ride/R_AVOCADOJUICE.jpg" border="0" alt="Drinks time photo R_AVOCADOJUICE.jpg"/></a>
    More to follow later.
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  19. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011
    Oddometer:
    288
    Location:
    Kobe Japan
    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?

    <a href="http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/RDT953/media/postie1.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q493/RDT953/postie1.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo postie1.jpg"/></a>
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  20. blek

    blek Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2012
    Oddometer:
    74
    Location:
    Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    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.


    TRUST ME
    I AM SINGLE GENTLEMAN
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