Click here for an interactive map of our route in Sumatra. Ride Diary Week 2: Bukittinggi to Bengkulu A bit more than a week (10 days) but no point in doing a week 3 blog post for only 3 days. We ended up flying out of Bengkulu to extend our visas in Yogyakarta and carried on cycling from there. It was a much more pleasant place than Bengkulu to hang around for a week during processing.
Key to Hotel ratings: £ = budget (less than 10 pounds) ££ = mid (10-20 pounds) £££=expens
It has now been 10 months since Matthew and I left our teaching jobs and although I love the freedom that this career break brings, I sometimes miss the classroom. Sumatra has been quite challenging in some ways but we were delighted to visit two different schools during our time there. Both visits were the result of spontaneous invitations and lifted our spirits as they came at the end of two tough cycling days. Duri
After a day of cycling extremely busy roads and dodging
We will post weekly accounts of our journey through Indonesia. Partly because we have noticed a distinct lack of web pages on bicycle touring here, so we hope that this may be of some use to people considering a visit. Click here for an interactive map of our route in Sumatra. Ride Diary Week 1: Dumai to Bukittinggi
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Be warned, Indonesia is a full on assault on all the senses for sure - which was a real surprise. We had prepared ourselves mentally for China, but Indonesia is up there with it in terms of being hectic, polluted in parts and in us standing out like a sore thumb.
In summary, bike touring is feasible here. We have a tent and camping equipment just in case and we probably could/should have used it. But we sure do like hotels that are affordable and thankfully these have so fa