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Old 11-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #106
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #107
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I've been to Bali too

I had no intention of staying in Bali for any length of time having been there several times before, in the end I spent just the one night and then took the road along the north coast towards the west. It's actually a pretty nice ride without too much traffic and decent roads with a good variety of scenery to keep the it interesting. The coast is dotted with boutique villas, hotels and spas as well as plenty of dive operations.
I saw these two young blokes doing a bit of roadside maintenance and stopped for a look and a chat.

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They call them "Extreme Vespa" bloody extreme is right and dangerous but they are obviously having fun. These things are never legal but they only get caught when the police have a blitz and set up road blocks to check papers.

Stopped for an early lunch of coffee and gado gado (a spicy vegetable soup served with rice) $1.20

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Then stopped for a shaved ice and fruit snack.

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Hit the ferry port around midday and within a couple of hours I was on my way to Java.

I met a young bloke on the ferry who offered a homestay and guided service to Ijan mountain for a more than reasonable price so it was a nice easy transition from the ferry to a small village in the mountains. I'd been to Ijan a few years ago to see the crater lake and the workers mining sulfur from the crater but since then a fire has started that has a blue flame only visible in the early hours. So I was in bed by 8pm for a midnight trek up the mountain. If you want to see the blue fire you'll have to google it. A bit of a disappointment, no blue fire and bloody cold so before it was even light I opted to head back to bed.

Had a few hours sleep and then decided to take the southern route towards Yogjakarta and see what transpired.
The scenery is OK but the traffic was at time terrible with some very scary driving. In one day I was run completely off the road by oncoming cars and trucks pulling death defying overtaking maneuvers no less than four times.
I went through the city of Lumajang around 4pm and looked around for a hotel with secure parking. The city has plenty of one way streets and after driving around in circles for awhile I decided to get the hell out of there and find something along the road. Well it seems in Java that hotels only exist in cities, not in villages or towns. I looked a for a fuel service station with a camping area and still no luck. By now it was dark and nothing to be had despite asking a police officer and a couple of people in towns. All the advice was "Sir go back to the city. DO NOT be out here at night there are bad boys" So I pressed on regardless and stopped at a warung around 7pm for food. I walked in and a young lady greeted me in very good english. I told her I needed a place to sleep and asked if I could put my tent around the back. No problem sir, you don't need the tent you can sleep in the prayer room with two other travelers.

The Warung

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The sleeping / prayer room

Prayer room sleeper photo R_PRAYERSLEEPINGROOM.jpg

Had a good feed and a reasonable sleep then a hearty breakfast the next morning, all very cheap. The cook and manager wanted pics the next morning when they cam to open up the resto and get set up for the day's trade.

The Warung Cook. I think she thought I might be a keeper.

The Cook photo R_THECOOK-1.jpg

The English speaker who had worked as a nanny in Singapore for 5 years.

The warung manager photo R_THESAVIOUR.jpg

Then hit the road nice and early determined to make a big day of it and get as far west as I could. Man I've got great reslove. I was passing through the city of Blitar and was on the western outskirts when I spotted this.

Chopped Super Cub photo R_CHOPPEDSUPERCUB50.jpg

I had to stop for a pic and ended up staying the rest of the day and night in the company of the Classic Honda Super Cub enthusiasts from Blitar. I'll just put in more pics here of bikes from the various members.

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This next bike belongs to the local leader of the group. It's a 50 super cub with a modern 100cc bored and stroked to 112cc, it does about 110kmh.

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The club mechanic has a whole nest of them in various states of completion.

A nest of Super Cubs photo R_CUBNEST.jpg

An oil cooler modification. Thought about doing this with PB before and still might if I get the chance.

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A nice pair of Super Cub 50s waiting for attention.

Pair of Super Cub 50s photo R_PAIRSUPERCUB50.jpg

So now after being fed and housed for the night, some nice sightseeing around town and some grest company I need to continue west. But now I have a list of contacts along the way, all Honda Classic nutters.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:12 PM   #108
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Thanks Tony San, I might need to send some stickers home then? I actually just bought them for tagging places.

Good luck on the ride and if you decide to do a RR please send me the link or post it on the CT110 FB page.
Thanks Rob. I have just posted my ride on FB. Very tame in comparison to your exploits but it was fun.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:03 AM   #109
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That spicy vegetables soup isn:t gado-gado, I believe. It is capcay.

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Old 11-17-2013, 06:39 AM   #110
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Blitar to Pandangaran

The Honda Classic Clubs Indonesia have taken me under their wings so I feel well connected now. I have a huge list of numbers for people who I can call on for assistance in the event I run into any sort of trouble. Thanks heaps, you're a great bunch of blokes.

In Blitar I was hosted and shown around the sights of the city by the Super Cub enthusiasts mentioned in the previous post and then taken to breakfast, the food was delicious.

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Then I had an escort to the city limits where we had some final pics and said goodbye.

Blitar HCCI photo R_BLITARHCCI.jpg

From Blitar I took the south route towards Yogyakarta the traffic was pretty heavy, road conditions changed from very good to very bad and back several times. Rain started around 2pm and lasted until I got to Ponorogo where I checked in to a largish traditional style hotel.

Next morning I decided to try for Yogyarkarta and was packing the bike when I got a text message from a member of the Honda Classic Club saying he was in the area and going the same way so we agreed on a meeting place. I met up with Rocky and his Rat Bike near Purwantoro.

Rocky and his rat bike photo R_ROCKYANDRAT.jpg

Bike and rider could very easily have been cast in any of the Mad Max movies, he's quiet the character and the bike is something to behold.

After a trip of several stops to keep the Rat Bike running and for Rocky to take a rest from the pounding his body was taking from riding the next to zero suspension bike we arrived in Klaton. Rocky had called ahead so the Klaton club members could meet the old guy on the classic Honda from Australia.

A sticker exchange started and I presented one of my stickers and explained that the quality could be better but in Dompu it was the best we could get at short notice. Well the president of the club decided he could do better and within the hour he had several sheets of new stickers made.

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Great job and they refused payment saying it was a gift. We had some food and then visited the club-rooms where I tagged the front door.

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Time came to head to Yogyakarta, we had a photo session and then two of the Klaton members escorted the two of us to the Base Camp of the Yogyakarta club.

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Inside the Base Camp at Yogyakarta

Base camp in Yogja photo R_ROCKYBASECAMP.jpg

I talked to Rocky and some of the other members about all the attention I was getting and that I was pretty surprised by it all. Rocky said it was because a foreigner was riding his own bike through Indonesia and that it was a bike they could relate to. He said that bikes like the BMW and Harley are so far out of their reach that they just don't relate to them at all. The Postie on the other hand is a classic Honda that has similarities to bikes they can own but it's still different and interesting. I think it's a combination of the bike, my age and the fact that I'm doing it solo is a pretty big deal to them and they want to show appreciation and camaraderie.

This bike is the pride and joy of the club, it's based on a Honda CB100.

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I took my leave early next morning and headed south at first to some black sand dunes and then west until the rain started. I stopped at an AHASS Honda workshop for an oil change for PB and was told the best way to go was via Cilacap where I'd be able to find plenty of hotels. Stopped overnight at a reasonable hotel, got some laundry done and charged batteries then a nice easy run to Pangandaran. I was here several years ago and had fond memories of the muesli and yogurt at the Relax Restaurant so it was my first port of call.

Yep, it's just as I remembered.

Brunch at Pangandaran photo R_PANGANDARANBRUNCH.jpg

I'll rest up here for a few days and then head to Bandung.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:12 AM   #111
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Camaraderie

Now that's what i call motorcycling. Being able to travel to distant lands on two or three wheels and never feel alone. The camaraderie you have experienced over the past few weeks says it all. What a great bunch of guys.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:00 AM   #112
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5000 km

I forgot to mention a couple of days ago PB ticked over the 5000 km mark for the trip so far. Most ride reports have tales of mechanical mishaps or frame failures. Well so far so good, apart from the rear tyre replacement, a general service and regular oil changes the bike has had no issues. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:11 AM   #113
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:31 AM   #114
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Now that's what i call motorcycling. Being able to travel to distant lands on two or three wheels and never feel alone. The camaraderie you have experienced over the past few weeks says it all. What a great bunch of guys.
Actually it's all a bit overwhelming and a little disconcerting. Several Honda Classic Club Indonesia members have now offered to escort me along parts of the trip. I appreciate the spirit these offers are made in but it's not what my trip is about. I've found that solo I'm more readily approached by locals along the way and don't want to lose that. I also value my independence to move and stop as the moment takes me. It's a balancing act that I hope I manage to get right.

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More work

Some of the people following my ride are family and friends who aren't bikers and not registered on ADV so they have no way of commenting. So I've created a Facebook Page for the ride. Of course this will still be the primary place for the RR and the Facebook page will be primarily for pics and up to date location.

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Old 11-18-2013, 02:25 AM   #116
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Thanks for your effort

I wanted to post my appreciation for the effort you are putting into your ride report. I very much admire the way you are undertaking your journey, and am enjoying tagging along! With three young kids and way too many ties and commitments it'll be a while before I can do the same from the other side of the computer....

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:01 AM   #117
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Compared to those glittery-sneepy-snap well printed without-advertize-words stickers, this postie sticker from that damn dark-glasses printing company on my door feels like POS. I've somehow have this urge to burn that company along with the door now... =))
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I wanted to post my appreciation for the effort you are putting into your ride report. I very much admire the way you are undertaking your journey, and am enjoying tagging along! With three young kids and way too many ties and commitments it'll be a while before I can do the same from the other side of the computer....

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Very nice feedback, thank you. I primarily started this RR to both keep my family and friends informed of my adventures and as a way of forcing myself to keep a diary of the trip. In addition to that I wanted to be able to give something back to the ADV community, I've read plenty of ride reports and appreciated the effort that went into them.
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Pangandaran and beyond

After polishing off the mega cals in the Relax Restaurant I went looking for a place to rest up for a couple of days and found the Mini Tiga Homestay. Actually it's more of a hostel but it's a great little establishment with a friendly atmosphere and best of all it clean, comfortable and quiet.

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Apart from setting up the Facebook page and lots of reading I didn't do much at all other than eat and sleep for two days, nice.

However the days on my visa are slipping by and westward I must go. Decided to follow the coast road to Cipatujah and then head north to intersect with the main southern route but one of the local tour guides told me to keep heading west along the coast to Pameungpeuk as the road from there to Tarogong had great scenery. Decided to give that a try.

The road along the coast is undergoing major new works and for the most part it's awful, 2nd gear got lots of use, not because of hills mind, just because the condition of the road kept speeds down that low. The scenery along the way was some compensation though.

The river that flows through Green Valley.

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A timber milling operation, one of several along the route.

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Hard working farmers in the fields.

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Mining operations on the beach, several of these seen along the way.

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Some very nice sections of road to compensate for the horror stretches.

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I love seeing the traditional ways of life still being used. I've seen plenty of these fishing lift nets before in other parts of Asia but to this day I've never been there while one is actually in use.

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You can have any colour boat you like so long as it's blue.

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Once I left the coast road and headed inland the condition improved but the traffic increased which was a pity as it's a great ride. Higher up in the mountains the scenery is brilliant with terraced rice fields, tea plantations and market gardens of cabages, pumpkins, carrots, potato and sweet potato, corn and cloves.

I tried to capture the scenery with my little camera and the phone but it's a poor representation of the real thing. This road has some of the best scenery I've had on this trip so far.

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Once I crested the top of the range and started heading down towards Garut to find a hotel for the night the traffic quiet suddenly became very heavy and for some reason there were lots of young blokes street racing on small fast bikes. Bloody crazy stuff through the villages and against oncoming traffic often two up and without any helmets. One bike with two kids on came around a bend at high speed way over on my side of the road, they got so close that they clipped my saddle bag and the passenger let out a frightened yelp, a couple of seconds later another two bikes did a similar thing. I decided it was time to get off the road. I made up my mind that I'd check in to the first accommodation I came to, regardless of price. So here I am in a 4 star resort for the night. $45 with breakfast included and welcoming drinks of coffee and fresh juice. Bliss, and they even allowed me to ride PB up the path and through the garden to park in front of the bungalow.

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Bandung tomorrow.
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450.000 rupiahs for a night and free breakfast aaarrrgggghhh congrats sir you killed me.
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