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Old 10-12-2013, 06:06 PM   #31
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Awesome pictures and report.
On Facebook I saw a tall bloke that looked like Santa on summer holiday leaning over your bike. Is that a Adventure Rider -thing? To not shave during the trip, or a crocodile ate your shaving gear on the beach in East Timor?
Anyway, have a nice, safe trip. Would love to join you. Looks like a really cool adventure.
Can't wait for the updates.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #32
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I'm so impressed with your posts I joined the site just to follow your progress RDT953. But for a postie bike you've been a bit slow with your regular mail delivery lately, hope all is well with you?

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Old 10-14-2013, 04:15 AM   #33
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Back to fast internet

One of the challenges of writing a RR for adventure rides in remote places is keeping it updated on a regular basis. I bought a local sim card with lots of data capacity but it only gives me a minimum service at times. I have been keeping the diary updated on my computer though but I have to wait until I can upload pictures to photobucket for posting here. Anyway, thank for following along and your comments and feedback are very appreciated.

And yes Luna it is a Postie Bike but it's snail mail old mate.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:22 AM   #34
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On to Indonesia

Had a terrible night at Timor Backpackers and didnít get any sleep at all. The bloody A/C in the dorm did very little in cooling the room and sounded like a small diesel engine starting every time the compressor kicked in. So without any sleep at all I have a long ride in front of me. Got the bike packed, paid the bill and off. Down to one drink bottle holder on the handlebars now, the roads have taken their toll and alloy holder has snapped.
Bottle Holder photo R_BOTTLEHOLDERBROKE.jpg
Iíll look for a replacement in Kupang.
Resolved to just ride along the coast a bit and see how far I got. Headed straight into a traffic jamb getting out of Dili which turned out to be due to a bike versus large truck accident. Looked like the bike and rider had slammed into the back of the truck making a ďUĒ turn, blood and carnage evident on the road, note to self ďBE CAREFULĒ.
Got through that and continued west along the coast on what could be one of the great coastal road drives in the world once the road is upgraded. The views are stunning and the road literally hugs the beach for much of the way only leaving it where the beach yields to rocks and cliffs and the road winds up through the hills for views along the coast.
Panorama photo R_WESTOFDILI.jpg
Coast road under development and a land slip up ahead.
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Picked up a hand of red bananas and four donuts from a roadside stall then stopped at a lovely little beachside cafť for a rejuvenating coffee at Maubara.
Shady Cafe photo R_RESTSTOPCAFE.jpg

Postie Bike got noticed by a passer-by who turned out to be from Darwin so I got to have a bit of a chat about the ride and life in general.
Stopped to take pics of old colonial era fort.
Portuguese Ruins photo R_FORTRUINSWESTOFDILI.jpg
Was feeling remarkably fresh and decided to press on for Balibo to pay my respects to the Balibo Five at the Australia House.
BALIBO photo R_BALIBO.jpg
Inside Balibo photo R_INSIDEOZHSEBALIBO.jpg
Then back down the same road to the coast to continue westward to the border crossing.
This was my first border post crossing with the bike so a learning opportunity for me. It all went pretty easily after at first being directed in all of the wrong directions by various uniformed persons on the Timor Leste side. No not here go there, no not here go back to there, no not here go inside over there, no not in here come with me, back to the very first place Iíd gone.
The Indonesian side was simplicity in itself although I did have to coach the customs official through the process of completing the Carnet.
Took a speedo reading on entering Indonesia which shows that I did about 1100km in Timor Leste.
Start Indonesia photo R_101013.jpg
The roads improved immensely but still have some nasty bits and still not much in the way of signage. My HERE MAPS on the Nokia are useless for this part of Indonesia so I have to get in touch with my feminine side and ask directions several times.
I had the bit between my teeth now and was really enjoying the ride so decided to press on. Well I didnít ask directions often enough and ended up taking a wrong turn. I could have turned back but in keeping with the ethos of this ride I decided keep following the front wheel and see some of the less visited parts of the country. Hotels are few and far between and Iíd failed to find either a hotel or a place to camp by the time the sun clocked off for the day. Oh well, time to test out the LED Driving light and yes, itís bloody fantastic, what a great addition to the bike.
Eventually ended up in Soe (pronounced So-eh) in a nice little hotel for the night with PB safely parked in the foyer. Think Iíll have a look around and then make for Kupang.
Turns out I hadnít taken a wrong turn at all, just a misunderstanding with some well-meaning locals the last time Iíd sought confirmation that I was still headed for Kupang. Lucky Iíd kept following the front wheel after all.
An easy ride into Kupang with traffic getting heavier and crazier the closer I came to my destination. Surprised myself by finding Lavalon Seaview Guesthouse on the very first try. For anyone transiting or just visiting Kupang, this place is an absolute gem. The owner operator Edwin can arrange tickets for flights at better than internet prices and has lots of information about just about every aspect of travel in Indonesia. The rooms are clean, comfortable and cheap and the hamburger is reputed to be the best in Indonesia. The one I sampled was certainly very good.
Had dinner at the night market, Mie Ayam (noodles and chicken) and a big glass of fresh apple juice for just under AU$2.
After chatting with Edwin, Iíve decided to take the Tuesday ferry to Alor Island, in the meantime Iíll do a short trip to Rote Island on the slow ferry and kick back in a beach guesthouse for two days.
Made it to the ferry just in time, the terminal is located at Bolok not at the main harbour which involved a bit of a ride along the coast through traffic.
Bike and I are safely? On-board now and making for Rote as I write this.
On Rote Ferry photo R_FERRYTOROTE121013.jpg
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:59 AM   #35
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To Rote Island

The ferry trip to and from Rote was perfectly fine, the people were all very friendly and helpful and the time went quickly enough. The route from Kupang to Rote is in very protected waters so it was smooth sailing all the way. People are genuinely interested in what Iím doing and are only too happy to sit and chat.
These young ladies are on holiday and visiting Rote for the first time. They were very happy to pose for a pic.
Nona Nona Kupang
Nona Nona Kupang photo R_NONANONAKUPANG121013.jpg
Arriving at Rote ferry port we had a bit of a wait for the other ferry to clear out.
Ferry at Rote photo R_ARRROTE121013.jpg
After disembarking I basically followed the crowd for the first several km, but then as people started branching off I had to ask directions again. It was easy enough and I managed to get there without getting lost. Booked into Tiraga Guesthouse for 2 nights. 150,000rp a night which includes all meals, itís basic but clean and comfortable enough.
Tiroga GH Rote photo R_TIROSACOTTAGES121013.jpg
Didnít do a lot here other than kick back and catch up on sleep and some reading with the occasional stroll along the beach.
If youíve got it, flaunt it.
Got it? Flaunt it photo R_FLAUNTIT.jpg
A typical fishermanísí shelter
Rote Fisherman Shelter photo FishermanShelterRote.jpg
A typical surferís shelter
Surfer Shelter photo SurferShelterRote.jpgSeaweed drying on racks.
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The ladies and kids scour the beach at the waterís edge for any bits of seaweed that has managed to get through the thousands of nets strung along the shallows. What the ladies miss the pigs and goats get.
Surfers waiting for a boat ride out to the break.
Waiting for a lift to the surf. photo Waitingforaboattothesurf.jpg
An improvised Emergency Signalling Device.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:05 AM   #36
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Awesome pictures and report.
On Facebook I saw a tall bloke that looked like Santa on summer holiday leaning over your bike. Is that a Adventure Rider -thing? To not shave during the trip, or a crocodile ate your shaving gear on the beach in East Timor?
Anyway, have a nice, safe trip. Would love to join you. Looks like a really cool adventure.
Can't wait for the updates.
KV
It's my Feral look Viking. Now that I've achieved Gnarly Adventurer status on ADV I thought I should try to look the part.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:39 AM   #37
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Off to Alor

Heading for Alor Island 15th October and then look for a boat to Lomblen and then another boat to Flores. I could experience weak phone signal and therefore poor internet capability so it could be a couple of weeks to the next update.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:25 AM   #38
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The trip the didn't happen

Off To Bolok Port, Kupang again this morning, this time for a ferry to Alor Island. As usual a friendly local wanting to practise English stepped forward and helped me with the ticket purchase. I was nice and early so of course the ferry was delayed, I parked Postie Bike and joined the crush at the ticket office.
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Bought a bag of oranges and prepared to wait it out while chatting with a couple who had helped me. It was steaming hot so I broke out the umbrella and we huddled under it.
Got on-board and took a seat on the seaward side of the ferry and then noticed the sky and recalled the conversation with my wife the previous night and talk off a typhoon in the area.
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Just as the squall hit Bolok Port the captain decided to pull back the ferry from the loading dock and I thought that he would need to have his wits about him. It was blowing about 25kn and increasing.
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He was doing fine until he turned beam on to the wind and from then on he had lost control. There were another three ships tied up alongside and we ended up resting alongside.
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We sat there for another hour or two while the squall blew itself out and then it was announced that the trip was cancelled and we would all be refunded our ticket prices. So back down to cattle class to fetch Postie Bike and to send a text to Lavalon to let them know I was on my way back.
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Not sure whatís going to happen now but the ferry to Flores is on Thursday so the plan could be changing again.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #39
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I think I'll follow along on this quest.

Thanks for the ride.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #40
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To Alor or not to Alor?

This mornings sky is looking decidedly friendlier for seafarers so I'm taking the ferry incident yesterday as a stroke of good luck in not having to steam through a storm on a rusty old ship.
I see the thread is slowly collecting more readers, welcome and thanks for your words, it's good to get responses.

So after another delicious Avalon breakfast of banana pancake and strong sweet Timor coffee I'm ready to give the ferry to Alor Island another try.

Postie Bike is becoming a bit of a pop star in these parts. Looking for a charger for my photo printer, I stopped by a camera shop in Kupang yesterday morning. The owner was fascinated by PB and must have taken 50 pics. Down at the ferry terminal the other bike owners wanted to know all about the bike and the modifications, I keep getting the thumbs up signal and words like strong bike, very good bike etc. Indonesians know quality and class when they see it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:40 AM   #41
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Scratch Alor and make for Flores

Ferry to Alor cancelled so I'll try for Flores tomorrow.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #42
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I'm glad you made it to Balibo! You must have been one of the first tourists to see the new glass flag ...

... other than us, of course


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Old 10-19-2013, 03:15 AM   #43
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Down at the ferry terminal the other bike owners wanted to know all about the bike and the modifications, I keep getting the thumbs up signal and words like strong bike, very good bike etc. Indonesians know quality and class when they see it.
Possibly because they are also familiar with postie bike's engine. The same C-Series engine also used by two legendary bikes in Indonesia, used by goverment as Civil Servant service motorcycles. Honda Win100 and Honda Astrea Grand. It has been years since discontinued but really, despite C-Series build that looks like water pump engines because of their front combustion chamber, good engines will roar forever...
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #44
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Larantuka to Solor

Iím finally on a ferry to somewhere. Itís a stifling hot day very reminiscent of the build-up to the wet season in Darwin. Another storm in Kupang yesterday so it looks like the wet weather gear will be getting more use soon.
Put the bike cover on PB for the first time.
PB Under cover photo PBGoesundercover.jpg
And then we left Bolok behind.
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I forked out an extra 50,000rp for a bed in the VIP Room
VIP Room on Ferry photo R_VIPRoom.jpg
Where the music from the PA system struggled to be heard over the audio from the TV all bloody night. Even with earplugs wedged so far into my ears they were touching each other the noise was incredible. This is something Iíve encountered on all of my previous travels in Asia, what is it with the noise pollution?
Should arrive in Larantuke around 0500 and then taking a small boat to the nearby island of Solor to attend a Koke Bale ceremony at Lewonama village.
I was sitting up on the top deck reading my Kindle, it was much cooler up there as the sun was setting and not too crowded. A group of young ladies all in the same T Shirts were taking lots of pics of each other and in the end all crowded together for a group photo. They asked a couple of locals to take a photo for them but couldnít get any takers so I volunteered. That set off a bit of pandemonium as they all then wanted a photo with the funny looking foreign bloke. Anyway, they were all graduated mid-wives from a Kupang institute on their way back to Flores.
Mid-Wives on ferry to Larantuka photo Mid-WivesgoingtoFlores-1.jpg
Just previous to that Iíd been talking to a bloke (Simon) from the same university who was on his way back to his home island to take part in and record the ceremony I mentioned above. One of the distinct advantages of solo travel is that locals are far more prepared to approach and interact with a lone foreigner than they are with two or more. Looking forward to this it could be pretty interesting.
Arriving at Larantuka
Approaching Larantuka photo R_AppLarantuka.jpg
Ferry arrived on time and unloading was pretty quick, then down to another smaller port for a much smaller boat to Solor.
ME and PB to Solor photo R_MeandPBtoSolor.jpgArrived without incident apart from all the attention PB attracts. Simon kept the crew entertained by telling them all about my trip with PB.
Simon and Crew photo R_Simonandcrew.jpg
Arrived on Solor without incident.
Landing at Solor photo R_LandingonSolor.jpg
We were hosted by Simonís uncle Alfonse and family. This could described as a very humble abode but itís full of love, happiness and laughter. I had a great time there and conducted a few English lessons with the kids, showed some cartoons I have on the laptop (a big hit) and attended ceremony feasts and dances.
Dad and kids enjoying Toy Story
Alfonse and kids enjoying cartoons photo AlfonseandkidsenjoyingToyStory-1.jpg
Simon and his 72yo dad.
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I have plenty of video of the ceremony dancing but no still pics. It was pretty fascinating stuff but also a little intimidating. The arak was getting passed around and people were getting into the mood for dancing, the trouble is that there were more than a few dancing with bloody big blades dangling in hands. I stayed until about midnight and then made my way to bed. Iíd set my inner tent up on the porch. Alfonse loved my tent and therma-rest mattress.
The hall. This was built to help unify the various tribes and villages in the area and was what the ceremony was all about. The undercurrent I detected was that there were disputes about land ownership that had been ongoing for some years.
Lewonama Community Hall photo R_CommunityhallSolor.jpg
They danced and sang all night so slept most of the day until we departed on the 2pm boat for Larantuka.
Landed at Larantuka.
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And promptly set off for Maumere, me on PB and Simon on the bus. Simon is visiting his wife and kids here and has asked if I will meet with them.
Found a cheap Hotel in Maumere with the assistance of the local police. It was dark when I got into town and a bit chaotic with traffic. I saw a huge police compound, stopped and asked directions. A senior looking bloke came out and directed one of the younger officers to escort me to my hotel. You canít ask for more than that.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #45
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I'm glad you made it to Balibo! You must have been one of the first tourists to see the new glass flag ...

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That's a great job on the house at Balibo. I hope many visitors follow in the tracks of Postie Bike and make the effort to visit.
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