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August 22nd, 2011 | Asia

Labuanbajo to Ende… A Ride to Remember…!!

After a quick breakfast consisting of two cups of black coffee and a banana pancake, I left Labuanbajo just as the sun was beginning to light up the sky… With Simon’s warnings about biting off too much in a single day still ringing in my ears, I pointed the Big Fella east and let him […]

August 22nd, 2011 | Asia

Just got a little ahead of myself…!!

I am in the process of completing a few postings on what went before I kissed the tar in Bajawa…!! Judging by the activity on my website yesterday, you all enjoyed seeing me “man down”…!! Ha…!! You can now read all about “The Long Haul to Bima… Parts 1, 2 and 3”… (Told you it […]

August 21st, 2011 | Asia

Houston…!! We Have a Problem…!!

Just in case you all thought that riding through the wilds of Flores was a piece of cake…!! There was more than the usual excitement out on the road today…!! There I was, minding my own business on the wrong side of the road, on a hairpin bend, when this little scooter appeared in front […]

August 20th, 2011 | Asia

The Dragons of Rinca…

Simon had come down with a cold, and decided to sleep late, leaving me to look for a boat out to Rinca on my own… I dressed by the light of the early dawn, and went to see if there was any coffee brewing in the hotel kitchen… The Wisata Hotel was a favourite stop […]

August 19th, 2011 | Asia

Ferry to Flores…

Before going to bed the previous evening, I had chatted to the hotel manager about the ferry to Flores… “The ferry leaves at 8.30am, so you will need to leave the hotel at 6.00am to reach it in time…!!” he had said… “But it’s only 50 odd kilometres to Sape…!! Why do I have to […]

August 17th, 2011 | Asia

The Long Haul to Bima… Part 3.

Sumbawa…!! The name sounded more African than Indonesian to me, and looking out at the scorched and mountainous landscape from the deck of the ferry, I was reminded of parts of northern Ethiopia and Sudan…even southern Egypt…!! This island was clearly very different to those that I had already passed through… Java, Bali and Lombok […]