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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    Inside the nonsmoking bunk room we got the 2 upper bunks in front of the tiny air con unit on the side the farthest from the bathroom. This saved us literally. This is a 1000 sq foot room with 44 bunks most with more than 1 person. This seemed ok when we boarded at 4 and not so much by 6 when we left. There were about 30 screaming kids, several people with blue tooth speakers (that boom boomed all night long, and several kids with gaming systems (bling bling). Ear plugs and Gravol saved me.

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    We finally got to sleep after 10 when most of the crying kids were asleep. We managed to get some rest on and off until just after 6 when the sun was up. Now we still have 12 hours to go. It is incredible how people can behave so badly. Let me tell you it was a challenge. It is amazing when there is such wide spread lack respect for others and the environment. They drop their garbage on the floor or throw it into the sea, play their own music at high volume day or night, and leave garbage in the bathroom drain so that the water is flooding. People are “showering” with the water from the squat toilet cistern for 10 minutes in the only toilet for 60 in our section.
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were surprised to find out that our tickets also included meals such as they are.

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    This is our last long Indonesian ferry and we are so happy. We finally could see Borneo about 330, but we are moving so slowly and the dock is way around the bay that we did not dock until after 6.

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    We had reserved at a hotel in town about 11 km away. The cars are pretty ok, but the scooter drivers here are quite aggressive and a bit suicidal. The traffic is bumper to bumper all the way. Wow do we smell and need a shower! We checked in and did not leave the room.
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set out at 930 the 11 km back to the ferry dock we landed at last night.

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    The ferry across the mouth of the inlet to Panajam also leaves from here. This is an hour trip and saves a massive ride around.

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    We pulled up to the ticket booth (40,000R) and were told the next ferry was just loading. Good timing!

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    We pulled into the line and then were directed to board.


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    They checked our ticket on the dock and then we loaded on the side of the cars.
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    We again created a stir and several people wanted photos with us.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We unloaded and were happy to find a much more calm and orderly driving pattern here and there is very little traffic.

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    We are trying to get 261 km (Google said 6 hr) to Mabuun, but it is already 1130 so we shall have to see.

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    The terrain varies from curvy mountain roads to flatter and more straight roads. There is some traffic, but it is much better than we expected.


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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had an about 20 min down pour and got soaked. When it got worse we took shelter with some other riders in a roadside shelter.

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    When we set out again it was still sprinkling , but soon it was sunny again and then 5 min later we had another short heavy rain and hid out at a store.


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    About half way today we also got maps back since the Malaysia maps tiles overlap here! When it started to rain again we donned our suits and then it really started to pour!

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    Then of course 20 minute later it stopped.

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    The next town with services is 37 km away and so we headed for it! We were cold and tired and wet from our first soaking without the over suits. We managed to find a nice western style hotel =hot shower comfy bed 4 pillows! It is the small things in life that make us so happy. It has now stopped raining, but we elected to have a burger in the hotel. It was nice to have some food from home that tasted like it was from home! Also Sara thinks one of the sneezing coughing crying rug rats on the ferry gave her their disease as she is not feeling well.

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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    sara hopefully you'll be ok. the tropical weather, wet, hot and moist will make anyone susceptible to catching something.

    you guys take care.
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  7. Dataman

    Dataman Been here awhile

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    Thank you for all the great photos and commentary.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much. I am about 2 weeks behind in the posts. So for a few days it was pretty terrible, but by a week I was much better. It did make the Orangutan trip a bit of a challenge. SP
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thank you. Dan is the photo guy. Mine are the poor quality shots form my helmet cam and my very old I phone :)
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have a big km day for riding in Indonesia, but Goolge says we can make the 324 km in 7 hours to Palangka Raya!!


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    Sara is feeling terrible with a head cold coming on. Setting out the sky was dark and cloudy, but they are very high clouds and for the most part today we were dry. Leaving the city the road is curvy and narrow and there is a fair amount of traffic and so slow going. It is also Durrian season and most of the villages have stalls selling the and so it smelly like stinky feet everywhere.


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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We gassed up as they had Petromax (92) and were trapped there by a number of people wanting photos! It is getting a bit tiresome as they can be very demanding, want 10 different shots, and we are dying in the heat and humidity. This is a tiny taste of what famous people have to deal with and I see why they go nuts.

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    Snack shop!

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first 150 hr to Buntok took us 3 hours (there is also a time change for central Kalimantan), but we got lucky with almost no other vehicles, straight good road, and very little rain for the last 172 km as we did that in 2 hours.

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    Good thing as Sara was barely hanging on. There are no services on the last stretch of 172 km except the occasional lean to shack selling gas in plastic pop bottles to the scooter riders and pop and chips. This road is here to serve the mining camps in the region.

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    The temperature was much better today with the clouds at 26-27 until after 1300 and for the last hour it was 34. We did stop half way to check the oil and unlike yesterday the 650 still read FULL!!!! YEAH. We did get an about 3 min of a massive down pour, but this was a good soaking to keep us cool as the sun was out right after. Poor Sara was in bad shape when we found the hotel and dragged herself directly to bed.
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have planned a short 222 km day (4 hours) since it is that to Sampit or do the entire 455 km ( 9 hours) to Pangkalanbuun. No way in Indonesia even on a good day.

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    Was a good thing as Sara barely made it that far. We had cloudy and sun and it was a cooler 28. There is a bit more traffic here with quite a few trucks, but the drivers are courteous and signal for you to pass. We checked the oil at the gas station in town and both were full and also when we checked 2 hours later. PHEW! There is not much traffic in town as it is a national holiday today. The hotel is just past the town on the main road going on to Pangkalanbunn and so we will have an easy exit tomorrow.….

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    Well Sara did not leave the room for 36 hours and was quite ill with cough and very high fever. The hotel staff was super nice they even sent her up a fruit platter and bottles of water in the afternoon to make sure she ate something. The first night here was very rough and she was unable to get up to leave.



    We booked in here another night and the hotel we had booked in Pangkalanbunn moved our reservation. We had booked ahead as we wanted a place where we could leave the bikes for 3 days when we go on a houseboat trip to see the Orangutans.
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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sara finally today is a little better at least well enough to ride and we set out for the 235 km (almost 5 hour) trip to Pangkalanbunn.


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    We got gas and checked the oil (still good) and hit the road. It seemed like a long day with the traffic and stopping several times to put on /take off rain gear or hide out a downpour. We had to put the rain jackets back on with 50 km to go, but it only rained for about half of it.

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    Arriving at the hotel Sara hit the bed. The hotel arranged for a travel agent to come to us so we could discuss options for going into the national park to see the Orangutang. The boats leave from nearby Kumai port and usually the trips are 2-3 days. We chose a 2 night 3 day trip on a traditional wooden klotok which is about 15 metres long. The forecast is a bit dismal, but this is the rain forest right.
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were picked up at 10 am by car and delivered to the boat launch in Kumai. The crew of 4 will take care of us including our guide Anwar, Captain Ali, his mate and the cook.

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    The boat has a western style toilet and an on demand hot water shower. We will sleep on the deck on a queen sized bed that they set up with a mosquito net at night.

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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    When the rain threatens they guys scramble to lower the rain covers until the brief downpour has passed. Day 1 I think they went up and down a dozen times.

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    It was lovely motoring up river with the jungle views. We came across tropes of proboscis monkeys and even a wild orangutan.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our first stop was at Tanjung Harapan just before 3. Here you walk a short distance thru the jungle on a dirt path to the feeding area. They supplement the food of the orangutan in the National Park for the previously captive, born wild, and wild as well.

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    We will moor on the docks near here tonight and go for a trek in the jungle to see scorpions, tarantulas, and birds nesting.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    For day 2 we are up early and headed further up stream to Pondok Tanggui for their 9 am feeding.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After lunch it was up stream further to Camp Leaky for 2 pm. There were orangutan here, but also the hard to see Gibbon ape and the not so rare wild pig.


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    The rare pitcher plant

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The return trip down stream is much quicker and we stopped at a reforestation site to plant some trees.

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