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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 made it back to Kumai by 2 pm and they dropped us to the hotel.

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    We had agreed to go with Anwar to his old English school tonight to practice conversational English with the students at the Genius academy. What a fun night and the students were very enthusiastic. They even treated us to sate yam.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Spoiler alert

    We left Leipzig on our bikes May 2017 and we arrive back to Frankfurt on Saturday... and then on to Montreal.... What a ride. We had a lot of help along the way and so THANK YOU for that!

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  3. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    This segment of your World Wide Ride has been fascinating. It has been well written and photographed. Thank you for sharing your experiences in such an excellent form. :deal
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  4. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    What? It's over? What am I going to do at work now?
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much. Im trying to catch up so we will run closer to live for the last few months! SP
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Not quite we have until the end of September to get home before the snow....next adventure...
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are on a mission now to get to the Malaysian border in 678 km (12 1/2 hours on Google) The locals say it takes 10 hours by car.

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    We set out under cloudy skies, but actually this was the best day we have had on Borneo and we did not have even a drop of rain. We planned to go about 1/3 of the way to the border, but because of lack of services we had to be flexible. We were also not sure just how long it would take.

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    The traffic is pretty minimal and the road in good condition. The curves and arched perfectly for high speed cornering and we could keep an average of 70 km/h. This means we made it to Penginapan Louis in 295 km at 1330. It was super hot and humid and this town is tragic. There are a couple of very sketchy places to stay. We had stopped at a kiosk and bought some ramen noodle soups.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We decided to press on and make the miles as our next destination is 2 hours from here. There is literally no tourist infrastructure here at all and the next town with hotels is 151 km away in Belai Berkuak.

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    The scenery all day is just palm tree from the palm oil plantations. The gas stations are also very far apart we saw one at the junction with the main road when we left this morning and finally found one after 200 km.

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    We arrived to town and checked out the “hotel the Virgo” at the far end. This may only be 20$, but with no window and the smell like a wet basement I had to pass. It may also have been the lack of a shower except the bucket full of water to flush the toilet or the general grimness. Plus the guy who showed me the room seemed totally disinterested. We rode back to the other place we had seen on arrival. It was actually cheaper, but no prize either. The attendant was at least keener.



    The lobby like many Indonesian hotels of this class has a large TV always blaring some annoying program at MAX volume that can be heard through the place and this was no exception. They will usually turn it down at least briefly if you ask. I have had it by 10 pm most nights and usually can get them to turn it off for the night or 6 am at least.



    The room is tiny and grimy with a squat toilet and a cold tap shower. They do not put sinks in the room and brushing into the squat toilet is just …. Looking forward to civilization again. At least the air con worked and with the tiny thin blankets they gave us we managed to get a decent sleep.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It poured all night, but was just misting when we left to gas up across the road. By the time we had gone 50 km it was almost sunny. The 235 km to the border went quickly and we made it in 3 1/2 hours.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We spent our last Rupee on gas and then hit the border zone. When you arrive to the Indonesian side there is no signage and no one stopped us. We decided to park just before the kiosks and then when to the right side kiosk to ask where to go.

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    He directed us to the left side kiosk where the customs agent completed out carnets. He came out to check the VIN and then stamped the forms. You then have to go inside the large immigration building. (It is brand new a carbon copy of the brand new one we went thru in Timor). You have to put your jacket thru the X-ray machine, but not all our luggage??? Then you walk over to the Immigration officers. The signage is digital and comes up in English. Sara was stamped out asap, but Daniel’s agent was all in a fluff about why we had Indonesian visas. Back to the story about the land crossing and no visa on arrival….. finally he let him go. You show your passport with the exit stamp to the guard and then drive thru to the Malaysian side.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here on the Malaysian side is it a bit more obvious and there is a guard to direct you to pull up to the row of kiosks under the cover.

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    We made it to the agent and had our passport entry stamp just before 2 busses arrived. Phew! Then you ride around this area by the road to the left and park just before baggage inspection. Here on the right at the end is the customs office and they processed the carnets for us. The last thing to do is go to the police office located a few doors back. Here they will issue you with a permit to drive in Malaysia. Then it was 41 km on perfect road to Serian.

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    We had found a transit inn in the city, which was clean and cheap. There was also a laundry next door! This is not fancy, but the Hilton compared to last night. So nice to be back in Malaysia where it is civilized. The drivers are polite and follow the rules even the scooters. There are more cars than scooters here and of a better quality and standard. There is not garbage all over the place. Many people speak some English here so life is a lot easier. The food is so much better and not so spicy. We are pretty bagged after the last few days and rested up by going to sleep early.
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had to wait until 9 anyway for the laundry and so we could sleep in as well. Since we can not face another Asian breakfast we just had iced coffees with condensed milk! We are headed to Sibu in 341 km.

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    It is hot and cloudy so humid and this does wear you down. The entire way is a construction zone and there is essentially nothing else along the road. The towns are not even on it, but 5-10 km off the main road. There was a small collection of kiosks after 200 km and we stopped for a snack and a cold drink. There was finally a gas station at 250 km. After leaving Serian at 915 we finally arrived to Sibu at 230. It is very hot and it was a long day.

    The bikes are filthy and chance would have it there is a car wash just beside the hotel. We pigged out on a big Chinese meal at the Ark cafe just down the street and then did not need dinner. This guest at the hotel was looking very cool!

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    We have a very big 405 km day today to Miri. This puts us near the Brunei border and there is essentially nothing else before that.

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    It was again a construction zone the whole way with the first 160 km taking 4 hours. We stopped for some cold drinks and fuel and to top up the oil. The last 255 km did go faster as there was less roadwork stoppage of traffic. We managed to get that done in another 4 hours. The hotel we booked has a very popular cafe just across the road. This is a western style sports bar complete with a massive beer selection and very good food. We spent a fair amount of time here this afternoon and then returned to watch the world cup and the place was mobbed.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are setting out only 158 km, but this will put us in our 84 th and last country of the trip Brunei.

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    Leaving town you follow the signs to Immigration and this leads you on the back roads to the border zone. You have to cross a toll bridge to access the border (1Ringet for a moto).

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    You then have to follow the signage to the border drive thru kiosks. Here they stamp your passport with a Malaysian exit stamp, but you do not need to deal with the carnet. We were out in under 5 minutes.

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    You then follow a circuitous route about a km to the Brunei border area.

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    Here there are again kiosks are drive thru and they stamped out passport and we were again out in 5 minutes. You then drive to the customs kiosk, where they had been searching cars, but they just asked us where we were going and said have a nice trip.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You then leave on a two lane road, but within 25 km there is a toll booth (1 B dollar = 3 Ringette) and the rest of the way is a 4 lane divided road. There is nothing to see along the way.


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    We are headed to the capital Bandar Seri Begawan or BSB. Brunei is not what we expected really. The capital is eerily deserted and slightly grubby. There are a number of huge buildings that all look abandoned. We had booked in here two nights since we wanted to arrive to Sabah on Monday to get the shipping sorted. It is pretty hot here and you really can only be outside in the evening.

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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Awesomely amazing!, Thanks.
    "Golden shower tree":photog
    Cassia fistula, known as the golden rain tree, canafistula and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I thought the ADV crowd would like the poor translation! ;)
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are 2 ways to get to Kota Kinabalu which is by ferry (you need to take 2) or ride.... Ride of course.


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    Today we have 321 km to go to Kota Kinabalu, but we have 4 border crossings to navigate. We have to exit Brunei, enter Malaysian Sarawak again, enter the Brunei enclave, enter Sarawak a third time, and then enter Malaysian Sabah. This means in total we have 10 passport stamps in the last 3 days.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The borders here are easy and are drive thru kiosk style.

    Step one is drive 27 km to the Brunei border. Here we did not have a departure card as we did not get one on entry, but they just waved us thru to passport control. There we got our exit stamp. They do not care about the carnet.

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    You then ride 200 m to the Malaysian crossing for a quick entry stamp. Here also they ignore the carnet issue.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You then ride 59 km across this small piece of Malaysia that divides Brunei and past the town of Limbang. Where stopped for something to eat at a roadside kiosk. The next border is for the exit from Sarawak Malaysia and into the Brunei enclave.

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    Then there is a 500 m ride to the next station for the entry to the Brunei enclave and here they stamped us in and handed us tourist cars to fill in.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Next is to ride the 28 km across the enclave to the next border with Malaysia. Here we handed in the exit card and got an exit stamp from Brunei again.

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    The you ride a km to the Malaysian Sarawak crossing for another entry stamp.

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