Out on the other side of "there's nothing"
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Advice for the day: "The road is flat and tarmacced"
Our plan was to ride the last 50 km along the coast, then to follow a small road up through the foothills of the mountains before joining a bigger road, towards Jakarta. Happy with our news we set off: Obviously the road was hilly immediately, mostly up. (It's incredible what you believe when you want to!) And as we reached a plateu the road disintegrated more and more until it was just big puddles filled with rocks and then later just big puddles, without rocks to make them resemble a road. Riding along in this terrain is slow, hot and tiresome but quite nice as i almost go into a trance just planning the next few meters onwards and upwards. This supposed coastroad took us up past the rubberplantations and their villages, through jungle and eventually up to the edge of a deep canyon.
As it was, in the far west end, after almost disappearing for a long stretch, the track suddenly turned into a building site and then emerged as a perfect road to the hustle and bustle that actually does extend from the far west. The beach eventually reappeared and we finally saw this very good road that most people thought that was finished and flat and tarmacced all the way. The emergence of the good road happened at the same time as our track towards further mountains appeared. Towards solitude, and beautifull canyons but also towards more potholes and yet another area off our map. So after spending most of that morning on that sort of track allready we chose the luxurious route.