Bike-Ride to Australia Tuesday 6th-March-2012. Merak to Jakarta. 76 miles. I thought breakfast was at six this morning. So I was up, all packed and ready to leave straight afterwards. Only to find when I went to the restaurant, breakfast wasn’t for another half hour. Now, normally I would have been a bit peeved! Not today. It gave me time to go for an early morning swim. Best make the most of this pool while I can!
Holiday over. It was time to hit the road again. And with my new gloves, I felt like a proper cyclist. I’ll be buying lycra shorts next before you know!! There’s a lot more traffic on the roads here. It reminds me of India. Or maybe I’ve just got used to quiet roads. Although speaking to the man in the café that I stopped at for lunch. He said once I’m past Jakarta, the roads are a lot quieter. We’ll see. I hope he’s right.
When I reached Jakarta, the traffic was even worse. It was gridlocked! And as usual, I got lost! And even if I wasn’t lost, the traffic was so bad I couldn’t move out of the flow. I was hoping to get through Jakarta and reach another town. But with the traffic the way it was, I was just wasting time! So I just called it a day and found a hotel. I’ll get my bearings overnight and try again in the morning.
At least I’ve now booked my flight to Australia, but boy was it hard work! The price went from £100 to £184 after adding taxes, fuel surcharges, luggage, and food. They even charge a couple of pounds to pick a seat, any seat! But it’ll certainly be the cheapest flight I’ll ever get to Australia!
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