Well folks, we did! After years of saying “We should do that again” and “Wouldn’t it be great to have another trip?”, Papa and I have gone on another cycle tour. But first, some background. During the summer of 2014, the two of us cycled nearly 500km around the Outer Hebrides, an island chain in northern Scotland. After that, we were itching to get out on the bikes again and do another trip. And now we’ve done it! We cycled 60km, to a campsite just south of Bogor in Central Java. Indonesian camping is a bit different than we are used to, but we still had a brilliant time!
As always, we ate loads of great food on the trip. We stopped at warungs for lunch on the outward and return journey, and ate noodles and gorengan for lunch and supper at the warungs on the campsite. Our traditional breakfast of porridge brought back many happy memories of camping in the past. Delicious!
The closest tent to us was occupied by 5 students from Bogor, coming up for a night out. They hung out with us for the morning, playing guitar, chatting and eating. For breakfast, while we dined on porridge and raisins, they ate noodles and chicken nuggets that they deep-fried on their camping stove! Papa and I were severely weirded out. They were a funny bunch, trying to teach us Sundanese and setting up a double-decker hammock. Crazy days.
The camping/cycling experience
Of course, a highlight for me was just being back on my bike and sleeping in a tent! I love the whole experience, and while it was a bit different, it was still really fun. Getting up to the campsite involved pushing the bikes for 2 hours up a gravel road up the side of Gunung Salak. It started to rain when we were halfway up, and we had to get sorted in the rain. The cycling was a bit tough, with loads of traffic and pollution, but I think that made it more exciting and rewarding.
- Coasting downhill for 10km on the cycle home.
- Watching the sunset over Bogor.
- Meeting new people over tea and noodles at the warung.
- Going to sleep in the tent, listening to the crickets and guitars.
- Getting our washbag stolen by a monkey (we got it back eventually).
- Stopping for coconuts to rehydrate – yum!
- Seeing a massive herd of deer in the Bogor Presidential Palace.
- Cycling back into the compound to be greeted by cheering Mama and Rosie.
Thank you Papa for such a great trip! I loved spending time with you doing something we love. What more could someone ask for. Love you!