Tuesday, 11 November 2014

You can't win them all!

"My wife just got back from Indonesia"
"No she went by plane!"

I thought I would start with some light entertainment after the stresses of the last week! This was the best I could come up with!

The subframe is now fixed and stronger than ever (I hope) thanks to Syndicate Motors Kalimalang and my Garmin is now fully functional again. However, thanks to the Ferries here being totally unreliable (they put back the sailing date several times), I am now unable to take Rhonda over to Borneo as I am just a little too behind schedule to risk it. If I don't make my shipping for Australia in time then I run the risk of missing my boat from South America to Antarctica further down the line. It's all got a little tight all of a sudden and something had to give! There is certainly never a dull moment!

All is not lost though. I have decided to leave Rhonda here in Jakarta and fly over to Borneo so I can
meet with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation near Balikpapan. This is an opportunity I don't want to miss, although I will now be missing lots of lovely off roading.  I will at least have more time to stay with the Orangutans in a protected rain forest area managed by BOS. I will help out here for a few days, before flying back to Jakarta and then travelling down through Java to Bali.

It will be sad to leave Rhonda behind but I've had to roll with the punches on this one and my priority is to see the Orangutans and help the foundation if I can.

RX King Club
I should imagine I'll be offline while I'm onsite so no need to panic if there are no posts mum! I will update as soon as I get back to Java.

My time in Jakarta has been wonderful. I have met some great people. Riding in the city during the day is chaotic at best and so I decided on a night ride to meet some of the local bikers on Saturday night. The city is still surprisingly  busy at 1am. Coming from the UK I found it strange that I wasn't surrounded by drunk people! Instead, at this time of night you will find lots of bikers lining the streets, brandishing their club banners or riding around enjoying the lack of traffic jams! It's also a lot cooler of course so I loved it!

At the harbour at 2am
I met Honda classic clubs (mostly CBs), RX King clubs (for some strange reason I have fallen in love with this bike) and sports bike clubs to name but a few. Everyone is so friendly and were pleased to meet a biker travelling through their city. As ever, the Indonesians don't hold back when it comes to welcoming you in to their community.

A night ride in to the harbour was next on the list and with no one around it was a great opportunity to check out the big wooden boats that silently dock here, waiting patiently for their next load. It as a magical place at that time of night but I was glad to have my escort, Adi with me I must admit!

Jakarta also has an unofficial race track where bikers will meet on a Friday night to run the 2km of tight, fast corners! It's very entertaining to watch as young lads get their knees down and slide around the corners on everything from scooters to sports bikes! Adi and I decided to do the loop ourselves on Saturday but at a much steadier pace!! It was just nice to say Rhonda had done it but I'm not a knee down kind of rider!

Core members of Pride
One of the sad things about this trip is having to say goodbye to new friends. I have met so many wonderful people along the way and Jakarta is going to be a particularly hard city to leave behind. Forget the noise, the heat and the permanent chaotic traffic jams. What I will take away with me is the newly forged friendships that I hope will continue as I make my way further down the road to my next destination. That and the memory of great food!

Dono, who made his home my home.
Thanks Dono, for putting me up and taking me to the pictures for the first time in a long time! Oh and thanks for helping me find chocolate cake!!!  Thanks Adi for being a good friend and having a beer with me when I needed it and thanks especially to the members of Pride who contributed the next line of my song (The littlest Hobo)!!!

See you all next time!

PS - Get well soon Askhar (second
from the left) who is recovering from a particulary nasty broken leg. I told you not to argue with those trucks!!!!


  1. Glad to see you doing fine .......best wishes and keep safe

  2. How can I get one of those lovely orangutan T shirts Steph? Mike J-B

  3. as seeing the orangutans was one of your main aims of the trip I am so glad you found away round the lack of time left before you have to move on. xx