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Old 06-04-2010, 04:39 PM   #31
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Wow wow wow , love these limit pushing stories, waiting for the next part
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:24 PM   #32
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Day One

Pontianak to Plantation Rimba


On the way out of town we pass the Equator for the first time








Pontianak's Equator museum & monument








After an hour on tarmac we hit dirt and the convoy regroups.





This was our first introduction to Kalimantans dirt super highways. Fast







Within 30 minutes Rudy who's using Tubliss gets a flat.









A big gash in the front tyre is plugged and we're back on our way again



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Old 06-05-2010, 01:13 AM   #33
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When it comes to Indo posts I always think: Ma'af, saya tersesat, harup tolong saya!!!! Bagus!!! Let's go!
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:14 AM   #34
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We are now riding pretty fast trying to catch up with the 4x4's who have all passed us.




We stop to check these guys out, but they wave us on.


We have a road book with directions to follow, but on day 1 we prefer to be with the group. We start passing some of the slower jeeps.




We are riding fun open trails that flow through palm plantations. This first taste of Borneo's riding and scenery is great.




Rudy now has problems with his MSR front fender bag as it falls off several times during the afternoon.



It then ends up in his rear wheel and a difficult extraction is required.




Eca then realises that all his waterproof gear isn't on his bike so he leaves us to go back and find it.

Crikey - this is pretty straight forward riding but the shit seems to be hitting the fan already.

Whilst we wait some locals come out of the woods to inspect us and our bikes.






The slower jeeps start passing us again.............




After an hour Eca returns with his rain gear and so we saddle up and once again chase the convoy.



As 30 jeeps are in front of us its pretty straight forward to follow them as we are just waved on in the right direction by people on the side of the trail.



Sometimes we have to stop and check the roadbook.




All of the local offroad riders have now left us apart from one guy on a new KLX 125 4 stroke who isn't sure how far he's going. He's riding like a mad man though, and crashes out a few times.
These bikes are pretty new here and only cost about $2,500. Their becoming pretty popular with local offroaders in Indonesia. However they weigh nearly as much as an XR400 so have definite disadvantages, as he was to find out in a day or so.






By mid afternoon it gets really dark and we find ourselves in a huge rain and electrical storm. We ride on through it for 20 minutes and suddenly we're on tarmac again in a village. A real piece of luck.




We find a local warung to take cover in and wait out the storm, taking the opportunity to have a couple of Stella Artois beers.
There's no tax ticket on the cans so I guess they are smuggled over the border from nearby Malaysia.



By the time the rain has slowed down enough to ride, its nearly dark. We ride out into the rain and at times get hopelessly lost. The road book is really difficult to navigate by due to the rain and we have to stop and start at every intersection in the trail.



It is pitch black and I'm now leading the way as i have the only HID lamp in our group.
We spot what looks like the tracks of the 4x4's and although it seems to be going against the direction the road book shows, we make a group decision and follow them for several kilometres, before they end up in a small compound in the middle of a plantation. Wrong way - damn !

Soaked , covered in mud and pretty tired, 2 hours later at about 10 pm we eventually make it into camp. Most of the guys in the 4x4's were already asleep, but luckily the crew in the Fords are still awake, and help me locate my box inside one of the Ranger's.

The whole area is a complete quagmire but I manage to find a spot for my tent and raise it in the rain. Thankfully I've got some freeze dried meals so I get that down me and crash out.

Already this trip is no picnic.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:06 AM   #35
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This is getting exciting.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:30 AM   #36
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:59 AM   #37
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Eek Nuckin' Futs!

Ok.. in for this one.... insane



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Old 06-05-2010, 05:50 AM   #38
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Wow

Great stuff looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:15 AM   #39
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Sounds completely nuts.....so, of course, I'm in.....subscribed!
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:02 AM   #40
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Yeah, what they said.

Where the hell do you get fuel? Not too many convenience stores over there like here me thinks.

Great ride! Probably the closest I will come to going over there...
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:47 PM   #41
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:06 PM   #42
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...and 2500 km of Kalimantan wilderness along the Equator.

Ok, that got my attention!
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:26 PM   #43
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:54 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by Southest US Thumper
When it comes to Indo posts I always think: Ma'af, saya tersesat, harup tolong saya!!!! Bagus!!! Let's go!
Kita sering tersesat !
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:25 PM   #45
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Fuel

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Yeah, what they said.

Where the hell do you get fuel? Not too many convenience stores over there like here me thinks.

Great ride! Probably the closest I will come to going over there...
The Fords carried fuel for the bikes in jerry cans for use in emergencies.



This is a scene from a gas station in one of the towns we passed through. The jerry cans are loaded onto the basket panniers of the moped and then distributed out into the hinterland.
The gas is then decanted out into glass litre bottles by small vendors on the side of the trail (hopefully without the addition of cooking oil or water).

We would fill up at every opportunity, when we came across fuel.
The quality was pretty dubious, and sometimes filthy. We would filter the gas through a cloth and then add octane booster & cleaner to it.
The Berg's FI never missed a beat even when run on this cocktail.
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