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.
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.
I stopped to buy water and a snack from a small village shop and noticed this church.
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.
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.
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.
Looked around for a place to stay and found Tamri Homestay, an absolute bargain at just $8.50 a night.
Used the rest of the day to edit photos and to catch up on the RR.