Tuesday, 25 November 2014

20,000 miles and still going!

The last two weeks have been a fitting end to my final leg in Asia. There were some places I just didn't want to leave. The rain forest of Borneo and the jungle school for Orangutans has to be top of the list of all time highlights and I found it extremely difficult to walk away. I hope I can do something in the future to help these little guys. My letter to Santa this year will read:-

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Welcome to the Jungle!

Leaving the city of Balikpapan, East Borneo behind we hit the country roads and headed for the forest. My driver spoke very little English, but he had been sent to collect me from Samoja Lestari and ensure I got supplies of food etc on route.

We spoke very little on the way due to the language barrier. Instead I watched the landscape go by and took in my new surroundings once more. As we turned off the road and on to the dirt tracks, he looked at me with a wry smile and simply said "Welcome to the Jungle" in a really thick Indonesian accent. We both burst out laughing. There was no need to ask if he was a Guns N Roses fan or indeed, if he had used that line before!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

You can't win them all!

"My wife just got back from Indonesia"
"Jakarta?"
"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!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Adventure Isn't Paved (or air conditioned)

Escorts in to Jakarta
The path of true adventure is never a smooth one and after 7 months of rough roads and mountain trails, Rhonda's subframe snapped!

I don't think anyone will be overly suprised at this. I was certainly under no illusions that this was a distinct possibility. The CRF250L was not really designed with world travel in mind and so all this luggage had to take it's toll at some point. Particularly as the top box sits so far back on the bike. However, despite my concerns before leaving, I decided to leave the frame as stock and see just how much it could take. Tim from MotoBreaks (ironic name considering) was kind enough to back up my decision by purchasing a spare subframe before I left with a promise of flying out to the rescue if it went horribly wrong. That was reassuring to know and a great excuse for him to have a last minute adventure of course!!