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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We even had a few sprinkles of rain, which were nice and cooling. We have also had cooler temperatures as we have been at higher elevation and it has been cloudy. About 3 km before Fuiloro there is a modern gas station in the middle of nowhere. The Bacua - Lospalos road turns off at Fuiloro and is paved, but very patchy. There are still fairly frequent small villages with lots of smiling kids waving.


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    At Mahera we stopped to read the map on the sign. The road is good for a while from a few km after Tatuala and it was not!


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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At Tutuala the “ road” hair pins right onto a rough dirt/gravel track and then into a road construction zone with initially a good surface and then to a very rough a 4WD track/for the last 3 km of the 8 km.

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    There are very rough steep sections, rutted soft dirt and one 500 m section with deep thick sticky mud also in ruts followed by a muddy very steep descent. And that was the “good part". It gets worse from here and is very steep down hill, narrow, and very loose. No time to take the hands off the bars for photos! There was some praying and butt clenching, but no one came off (while I did get bucked up off my seat and my rear wheel was well off the ground, but managed to hang on in a very rocky steep decent)! WE even had to stop part way down on a flat spot just to catch a break. We all made it intact to the last km, which is a nice gravel lane way!

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We finally arrived at Nino Konis Santana National Park at 530 pm. What you get when you arrive it a pristine beach and the national park. There is one place here with small cabanas. squat toilet, and a bucket shower. They do have power and OV has 3G with his provider! We immediately stripped to our undies and went in for a swim in the glorious warm water as the sun was setting.


    They did prepare dinner for us that was just edible, but only 5 dollars for rice, veg, and fish (some sort of fatty mackerel like fish). Orvar just became a vegetarian. We opened all the windows and took down the mosquito net for max air flow (no bugs), but with the heat and the very loud waves crashing we were all up late.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did wake at 3 am and needed a blanket as we were now freezing. I was up several times in the night to see if the predicted rain materialized. We were pretty worried about the 500 m of steep deep mud if it poured all night. The bike cover were totally dry in the morning. We decided to skip the offer of breakfast and ate a can of peaches from our ER rations and Orvar’s left over “Rose cream” cookies.

    Setting out today we backtracked 1 km on the nice gravel track with the grass center and then hit the steep loose rises. The worst part are the large rock chunks. After 1 km of this we ran into a dump truck that was the source of said chunks. Once past him we rode another km of this to then hit the first of the mud sections.


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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At the first it is a steep gravel approach and then a long moderately steep wide rise of thick mud rutted by the trucks. Phew made it thru this… Next the long steep mud hill with the 100 meters of rutted muck at the top. Then we are home free.


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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The route now is good gravel to the village at Tutala and the hairpin turn towards the “main road”.


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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here the road is pretty good again and we stopped at the gas station just past Mahera for some snacks. We had not left until 945 and it is now 11 and we have gone 38 km. The road gets better and better though there are a lot of rough patches especially in the villages until we got to the turn off to the main road at Fuiloro.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to Baucau at 230 and went back to the same place (Victoria) we had the great lunch and they also have rooms. We did check out a few others, but they were not nice or very nice (70 USD per person). Here we had a good room hot water air con and breakfast for 40$ all 3 of us. It was a bit hot in the room and we had a few annoying mosquitoes and then the roosters started at 6am.

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    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Glad to see Dan is keeping his pedicure up to snuff. :imaposer

    Fascinating updates! Great reporting and photos. Thank you.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much!!!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set out at 930 and the road out of Baucau is a single lane and paved for the first few km.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The construction zone of the next 120 km then starts. This varies from dirt sections to gravel. The section with the big rock chunks has now been grated and easy to ride over. The road is rough, but seems better than the way out. We stopped for gas in Manatuto where they have a new station.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The mountain section today was better as there was less traffic. It was only the occasional NGO “do gooders” driving their white Land Rovers like Mario Andreti that was an issue on the tight corners.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On the way into Dili we found a hardware “store” in order to replace the 4 bolts that we lost on the way to the end of the island…now that is a rough road. Dan lost both bolts from his headlights and Sara 2 bolts from the windscreen. I will say the YSS suspensions have performed very well during this beating.

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    It was 35 degrees and very humid when we got into the city and we were all too baked to keep going today. It is 1 pm and we stopped into OV’s hostel where they only had 1 bed and so we found a place near by. Then it was get the clothes to the laundry before it closes today! We had dinner at the hostel with OV as they have a communal dinner served family style for 5$.

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    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Our place had a fairly decent breakfast and we headed out at 830 to the laundromat and it was already 30 degrees! There was not a cloud in the sky either for protection. We picked up the Swede and then headed to the mountains.

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    The road is decent for about 5 km and corkscrews up. It then deteriorates but other than bumpy it is not too bad. There are a ton of groups of kids out on scooters this Saturday and lots have Timor Leste flags flying. The trucks and buses are nice and pull over on this 1 lane road for us to pass.


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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    When you get 15 km fro Aileu suddenly the road is perfect new pavement with line markings.

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  18. Pete S

    Pete S Been here awhile Supporter

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    I finished reading all 206 pages, watching the videos and enjoying the fantastic pictures. Thank you for taking the time to share your travels on here. I just got my motorcycle license last August at age 51. I'm going to my first HU event in North Carolina in September. Hopefully by this time next year I'll be in a position to go on an extended journey. I owe you far more "Likes" than I clicked on while reading. Your RR has been really enjoyable to go through. I'm a little sad that I'm at the end, for now... Happy and safe travels Sara and Dan!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Wow that was quite an undertaking! You will have fun at HU and be inspired i hope! We are on Borneo headed to Brunei. The plan is to ship to DC midjuly, ride up the east coast then across Canada....done! Cheers. S&D
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We stopped here in Aileu for a cold drink and to chat to some of the friendly locals. We had fun especially with the lady who ran the shop we parked infant of who was all smiles with her red stained betlenut teeth! The market across the road was crowded with weekend shoppers and the people watching was fantastic. The bikes again draw a lot of attention because of their size. It is amusing to see peoples heads all turn when Dan rides past them. We met quite a few locals with very good English as well.

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