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Bali to Bima June 2019
« on: June 11, 2019, 05:46:09 am »
Been a while since my last post. Took a break from many things after my divorce and wanted time to clear head. Many changes in my life happened since March last year but suffice to say its been a wonderful growth experience. OK enough of the Yoda moments, onto the ride report. Mrs and I wanted to a ride to see more of Indonesia especially on back of a motorcycle and parts that neither of us have seen before. Indonesia has over 17,000 islands so lots to explore but for this trip we would focus on riding from Bali through the island of Lombok and onto the island of Sumbawa. Time allocated was 9 days and we chose 1 - 9 June 2019 to do it as as it was public holidays to celebrate Muslim new year so good chance to see people as everybody went home for Labaran and Eid al-Fitr. We decided to use a scooter (reliability, cost, blends in, parts and repairs etc). Weapon of choice was a 125cc Honda Vario 4 stroke. 2 up, hammering it between 70 - 90 kph we averaged just over 40km per litre so consider that when you look at long distance where 90 is about as fast as roads, traffic and geography allows.

Below is the basic route - outbound in green all way and inbound in red for the return. Mrs had to fly back from Lombok so the last day ride was myself taking bike back to Bali. Plan was to both fly into Bali and meet up. I would arrive first, fetch the bike then collect Mrs from airport and we would hit road immediately.
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 06:32:21 am »
Day 1: Delay at airlines meant I had to change planes and I arrived in Bali 2 hours later than planned but still with enough time to collect bike and pick up mrs from airport. Collected the bike, did the inspection and then rode to airport. From there it was a quick hello, ride for 1.5 hours to the port town of Padang Bai and our hotel which was located right next to illegal cock fighting ring. Dinner in town before early night.
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 07:16:43 am »
Keep the posts rolling  :sip:
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 08:10:45 am »
Day 2: Early morning up and off to the port to catch ferry. Just over 2 hours later we were on the ferry and heading across towards the port of Lembar on the island of Lombok. Bikes are packed in then cars then more bikes in every available space. While I offloaded, mrs went upstairs to get us seats and arrange lunch. Its about 4 - 5 hours trip so mix of sleeping exploring boat, netflix and just relaxing as you slowly cross calm seas. With a shout over the intercom it becomes a dash to your bike. The trucks and cars want to get off quickly and bikes are in the way so you quickly want to get going. Loaded up, set the gps route and headed off the the main city of Mataram. Mrs head about a place that sells most amazing pork and so we decided to make it our evening stop for dinner on way to our hotel in the beach town of Sengiggi
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 08:14:05 am »
some more pics of day 2
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 08:25:49 am »
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 09:12:12 am »
subscribed. Also wish to do this someday.

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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 09:27:56 am »
Not critical. For navigation we used Google Maps and with local SIM card we had signal almost the entire trip. Downloaded Google translate and a few basic words and your good to go. People are friendly and if they can't speak English they will go find somebody that can. There was not much to see in terms of attraction on this route but the road and scenery is what we were chasing (and ticking this off our bucket list). The next island over is Flores and much more natural.beauty and on the plan for next time.

If you want to do trip like this let me know and I will help where I can
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 09:49:34 am »
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Thanks for sharing and looking forward to see the rest of your trip  :thumleft:
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2019, 10:49:03 am »
Thanks for posting your report, appreciated. Good to read about other places for a change.
 

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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2019, 03:30:36 am »
Day 3: After a quick breakfast right next to the sea, we loaded up and hit the road. About hour in we had front wheel wash out in corner and down we went. Few scratches and mrs had her first roastie. Always the trooper she insisted we get back on and going again. Stopped at small local pharmacy for some cleaning fluids and antiseptic before putting rain coats on for some rain as we took the road around side of Mt. Rinjani. Original plan was to try ride dirt road up far as we could onto mountain but the ferry times and the crowds to board meant we would be pushing time especially in Sumbawa. Rains stopped as we came down off the side of the mountain and entered the port where a quick 30 min wait saw us on the ferry heading towards Western Sumbawa. Its a quicker trip (around 3 hours) but you wait about hour for turn to offload as the ferry port has only got two docks one for loading and one for offloading. After getting off the boat we hit the road for the 2 hour ride to our next stop for the night, the surf town of Maluk. Miscommunication saw us not be able to get to our hotel for the night (have to go by boat, no roads there) we had to find alternative in a part of Indonesia with few accommodation options suitable for foreigners so those that exit are either booked or ridiculous in price. As this place is popular with surfers they usually book months in advance for few weeks at a time. About 15 min ride out of Maluk mrs spoke to owners of a new hotel that was being built and they have small cottage ready. We took it and after offloading our stuff and grabbing shower we headed to Maluk to a restaurant owned by a friend I made when I was riding this area a year before. Was great to catch up with him and his family, have a great meal (nice home made idea of mixing Indonesian food with western food). After dinner took mrs to clinic to get her roastie properly cleaned and treated before we took a slow night ride back to our hotel. Sound of waves ending the day.
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2019, 03:34:17 am »
more pics day 3
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2019, 03:47:51 am »
Day 4: breakfast on our front door overlooking the sea. Quick pack and we hit the road for the toughest section, the back roads to Sumbawa besar. I did it a year before and parts of it in rain made Sani pass look like highway but year later a lot of it had been paved. I saw one beautiful paved part that the year before I had to get up and walk my bike up the mud path with rain pouring down and a bulldozer towing cars up the steep incline...now all paved with beautiful smooth highway. Welcome but sad same time. Some beautiful views of coastline, oceans, pristine white beaches, corn fields, forests, jungle, mountain roads running parallel to rivers, small villages. About 15% offroad meant slow going on loaded scooter but a good day and one of those rides to just enjoy the scenery. Arrived in Sumbawa Besar and being Ramadan everything was closed food wise. We drove around but found nothing until small door revealed a Chinese run little restaurant. A good meal and mrs having a long chat with the owner before we headed to our hotel. Only one good hotel in town, overpriced because its only one and long overdue for a proper clean and refresh but shower was hot, room was clean(ish) and after a long full day riding we just wanted to relax.
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2019, 04:21:10 am »
Day 5: Had breakfast, packed up, checked out and hit the road. Our plan was originally to go onto Bima itself but we decided to go to the neck of Sumbawa and swing south wards towards small resort area called Lakey Beach. Reviews seems mixed so we decided to give it a try and break the journey up. Roads were great but Sumbawa was very dry but least 1/4 of the route ran up and down hills along side the sea. Sort of garden route and while you cant really race on a scooter was still fun to give it horns and automatic does have a certain charm where you can just open up whenever and never worry about gears. There is a local brand of mini market called Alfamart that is a welcome relief. Sort of like mini Spar but without the veggies and great selection and ice cold fridges wherever you are. Some towns seems to have as many of them as they do Mosques but as we went more east they seem to vanish past a certain point. Given the religious time of the year we did the trip in and that many local food stalls were closed Alfamarts are a great backup.

We stopped on the way to Lakey so Mrs could get something to eat (Bakso - type of meatball). I had been fighting bad flu the previous few days and was still not over it so had little appetite. We arrived in Lakey Beach late afternoon and to be honest it was a let down. Very very run down, no money left and filled with half finished or quick/cheaply finished mini hotels. The mines run by internationals used to pump money in and these type of places flourished but when the governments stepped in and made these mines local the money dried up and the result if broken up roads, broken paving, run down or broken buildings. We managed to find an OK looking bar / restaurant and sat down for early dinner as around us the bar filled up with Aussies to watch rugby. Being in a pub during Aussies football with a bunch of drunk Aussies most of which were very old surfers that come here to surf and feel young again not really our thing so we paid our bill got take aways and went to our overnight spot. If you're a surfer on a budget or like quite old run down ex Mozambique-just-after-the-war style places, enjoy. Two people tired after long day of riding to find out that single hose serves as shower and no hot water, run down neglected building and a big noisy ac is not ideal. Its ok if you expect it, not if you are sold something else by the marketing. We spent the night and resigned ourselves to early checkout. Not many pics, was just nothing worth taking pics of
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2019, 04:40:07 am »
Day 6: Woke up, packed had breakfast and said goodbye to our host. Friendly local surfer guy that really tried hard to make us feel welcome but was just not our cup of tea. We hit the road for the ride to Bima and the roads certaily gave us some incredible views as well as the traffic. Lots and by lots I mean a solid line of about 5 km of cars and trucks and bakkies loaded from cab to roof with locals heading to the beach. We were getting out in time. Found an Alfamart, had refreshing iced drink and then rode the last hour into Bima. We were both hungry so KFC (yes we are all human and sometimes you just want the colonel!). Being the only KFC on the whole island of Sumbawa means its popular and packed. It took 45 min to get order and a table but man it was welcome meal. Checked into hotel, offloaded and hit road for the ride to the eastern port and then a quick stop to check out Pantai Lariti. A popular destination where sand bank at low tide allows walking to small island until high tied covers it up again. Road into it was single lane made for bikes so the chaos of busy roads with cars meant start stop traffic with cars wheels just riding the edge of the road...after getting into jam after jam I told mrs to jump off and walk and took scooter offroad through the little koppies and it amused the locals no end to send a "bule" (foreigner meerkating on a scooter going offroad. We cleared the jam, parked our scooter among the 2000 others and walked to the little island. Watched sun set and then it was the mad rush to get back up a winding mountain pass (imagine Swartberg pass but tarred running for hour). Last 45 min was in dark but good headlights, good roads and following the locals on bikes in front of you, we arrived safely back in Bima. Found local spot to get dinner before heading home for shower and bed.
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2019, 04:43:51 am »
Day 6 more pics
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Re: Bali to Bima June 2019
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2019, 07:06:52 pm »
Great stuff Tifua

Keep it coming, awesome to see reports like this from afar :)