Riding in Java is completely mental – actually, it’s beyond completely mental; easily the worst place I’ve ridden in terms of traffic and craziness. And my visa was running out so I only had a few days to make it across Java and Sumatra into Malaysia…
Only thing worse than battling through Java traffic is doing it with no clutch, as my temporary fix in East Timor was on its last legs and the clutch was slipping terribly, leaving me with no power to overtake or get myself out of trouble. Not fun!
The first casualty was my right pannier which got smashed off onto the road when a cart pulled out infront of me.
The skyline of central Java is dominated by the beautiful Mount Merapi (Fire Mountain), the most active volcano
I’d thought I’d take a ride up it, which wasn’t a good idea with a clutch on its last legs; I almost burnt the rest of the plates out completely and spent the rest of the journey to Sumatra riding painfully slow and gutlessly
Despite the crazy traffic in the cities and suburbs, Java is still a beautiful island, full of green paddy fields and volcanos
Nice little allotment for someone
Nice to get away from the crazy city traffic
Even the Javan Policemen are friendly
The day before my birthday, and 1 year into the trip, my gear lever decided to snap off at the case
Luckily I found the Siswo Brothers who fixed it for me for free! Bandung Bondowoso Autobody Paint
And they even gave me free lunch – such a great family 🙂
Febri Siswo took really great care of me and the bike, and took me on a tour of the area while it was being fixed
Prambanan – 9th-century Hindu temple (and illegal parking 😉 )
I then set off for Borobudur – 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple
Yes, I got up early to see the sunrise, for a change
Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world
Who’d ever thought you’d bump into reindeer in Java?
Lunch with Febri
On the short ferry to Sumatra I removed one of the clutch adjuster nuts which gave me just enough extra cable to make my clutch work again. I had a new one waiting in Malaysia, so fingers crossed…
Sumatra – arriving on the ferry