Bike-Ride to Australia 6th-March-2012

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!

Swimming pool with diving board
Time for an early morning dip

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.

Productive Evening

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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