Cikalong to Purbayani 98km (25km lovely smooth tarmac, 25km roadworks, 48km broken & smashed tarmac)
What do I worry about on a long distance bike ride? Not much. Things that are important include: have I enough water, which way is the wind blowing, where and what am I going to eat next, where will I sleep tonight. Other than that, what else is there? I have everything I need.
On the bike each day I wear: Earth Sea Sky silk long sleeved top, baggy fit....it used to be tight. Ground Effect Hi viz vest Earth Sea Sky shorts with NZO cycle undies. Gound Effect Fingerless bike gloves Keen Sandles with cleats Bivouac Buff...to stop sweat in eyes My cycle glasses supplied by Shattkys in Hastings I wash or rinse these clothes most days after riding, and put them on again the next day.
I also have another pair of Keen sandles, cotton long sleeved Shirt, baggy, and NZO shorts, and Bivouac cap for evenings. Everything else is redundant.....half a pannier full. I have a cooker, unused in Indonesia, first aid kit , sleeping mat and a tent. All unused. I have electronics sufficient to recharge my phone etc. including a Solar Monkey recharger, a Pack towel and minimum toiletries, a Head torch, and bike lights...twice I've been late and its got dark.
Bike Tools consist of a Topeak multi tool, a pump, and a few bits and bobs. I have two water bottles, but use bought ones as well.....I'm sleeping in a silk liner and have my own mossie net that I've only used a couple of times. I occasionally put socks on in evenings to keep bugs off my ankles. I do have light weight longs but have yet to resort to them. I haven't bothered with repellent and occasionally use some sunscreen. I have a bottle of Squirt chain oil for Fiona. I'm using Maps.me, for navigation. I download maps for each region. It works well.
So what else do I need? Well I should have downloaded an Indonesian/English dictionary....didn't even think of it. Or some of you IT guru's could design an app for me. How about something that uses the inside of my cycling glasses as a screen, and when you look at a foreign word, it translates into English, so I'm looking at a menu, and the app tells me what Lotek is in English. Another app....similar to those little fish that they put in their ears in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. The fish translated any language into English, instant understanding. Now that would be great. Get onto it Mr Dubisson. You and I could be rich.
I have my Samsung tablet and phone, which double as cameras and have a Kindle app for reading material. I use my inReach, emergency locator and tracker everyday, and I can also txt Ju with it, once a day.
So no TV, no fridge or other appliances, no car or fuel costs, no arm chairs, no washing machine, no ironing board. No post, no bills, no junk mail, no lawns to mow or gardens to weed. My meals are cooked for me for $1 each time, I don't have to do dishes. I walk out of my room each morning and it gets cleaned for me. Yep. No worries.
I did have a few problems to solve yesterday. The road repairs were a challenge. At times golf ball size stones in deep sand made cycling hazardous. And it seemed as if they were working on the up hill sections. A couple of times Fiona just couldn't get traction, and I ended up walking some pretty nasty slopes.
Sometimes, the road was more pothole than tarmac, and one of my Gotlieb panniers threw some bolts. Left it hanging from one clip. Not a good look. I did some running repairs, and later found a bike repairer, who had a huge tin of nuts and bolts. A bit of a search through it, and the panniers are better than ever. I was pretty done in by 90km, and started asking about Losman (accommodation). Got pointed to a small fishing village. What a gem. Off the beaten track. I'm the only client in three hotels. Everyone else is local, fishermen, store owners. I can't help myself. I stay two nights.
Spent the day sitting on the beach, watching the fishermen navigate their matchstick (bamboo) boats through huge waves, and up on to the beach. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to witness and share a day in such an incredible place, and I'm feeling a lot more rested than when I biked in to the village. I suppose I'll need to cycle out again tomorrow. I've got a week to get to Jakarta. No worries.