Early morning in Garut
It get bright early here.
On display at the lobby.
After breakfast its time to leave soon.
First a pit stop at the local 7-11
As we get ready to ride...
Peddlers stop by.
On the bike .
Riding through the village.
We make our way up again.
A bit of open space...
Then buildings again.
We'll ride quite a ways up to see the sights.
Pipes with hot water from the springs.
One of the craters.
We didn't want to walk down in full gear so after a short break...
... we head down to the pass.
Quite a bit.
At the pass.
It would be a nice view if there was no fog.
A short break here.
More peddlers .
Rings and leather jackets.
And he actually made a sale , ha ha ha
Headed further down a bit.
The viewing point.
We can see quite a ways down.
It just doesn't show well on film.
We continue on our way.
...and take in the great views.
It was so good we had to stop...
Right by the road side...
but it was worth it .
Passing more villages....
And larger towns...
Not too busy though.
Transport for kids to school...
and we continue on our way.
low tech :-)
The roads were generally good.
Add in cool weather ,and it was riding heaven.
Locals with their own toll system.
We just ignored them.
We stopped to take a pic of the boundry marker.
And the surrounding village.
Nothing like the big cities.
But life is hard everywhere.
A short distance down the road.....
We saw these beautiful rice terraces...
With the river in the center.
Every inch of land is cultivated.
We try to appreciate everything along the way.
A stop for lunch.
Very tasty food everywhere...
And nice surroundings.
Afer lunch , along the way we stopped here...
The border between East Java & Central Java
Memories in Kota Banjar.
Ancient Java writing.
A last look.
The cities official border.
More markers along the way...
Its already evening here.
Passing a bit of open space.
With a lot of green...
Towards late evening we reach our destination of Banjarnegara.
A bit of night riding.
check in , eat and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
We finally see our surroundings.
Quite a big hotel.
Early morning RV
Then its time to move.
Nice quiet roads .
Views along the way.
Really nice in the morning.
Mountains and hills everywhere.
A stop at this bridge...
For the views....
Of the river on one side...
And the paddy terraces on the other.
A lot of sweat went in to making everything green
Rocks from the river are broken in to small stones by hand.
Concrete roads are also repaired by hand.
This is the reality in many parts of the world.
We are headed to an interesting place today...
Passing villages and towns...
Along the way we stop here...
That bare area and large spread out soil is the site of a large land slide...
...in Dec 2014. Many people lost their lives here.
Back on the bike ...
Passing great views.
...as we go up more highlands.
This part of Java was relatively quiet.
Workers waiting for their lorries...
But the views man.....
Nice and spread out.
We let the group go ahead and we took our time to capture these shots.
Further up the road.. photo op...
The convoy riding in Indonesia.
Really good riding today.
And good views.
Look at that !!!
Each settlement is a village.
You can see 3 in the pic.
One mosque means one village.
My ride :-)
Kids were excited to see us.
Really nice riding...
Every piece of land is used.
See the 6 of us in the distance ??
We're headed to a site of an ancient Indian city.
More views as we ride up the Dieng Highlands.
Small towns along the way.
Soon its back to the open road.
So we're headed to the Arjuna temple complex.
Built in the 7th century.
In the highlands... with no roads etc...
A break at the temple entrance.
Then its time to hoof it.
Here we are.
Foundations at the outskirts.
The path to the main attraction.
Candi Arjuna ..
There is also a man made lake in this place.
Pure manual labour.
Just like in Cambodia.
Our guide Adi.
Everyone took the oppourtunity to explore.
like a boss...ha ha ha
Empty interior of the temple.
The main temple. Arjuna's candi.
Carving of Brahama ?
Carving of tired riders...
In their second childhood .... ha ha ha
A last look .
A short ride later...
We stop here.
These are all volcano craters.
The coloured waters crater . - Tlogo Warno
With the sweet smell...
...of rotten eggs...
See the bubbling waters,
Hot and sulphuric.
Makes for nice colours though.
This is why we ride.
Another short ride.
We come to this crater.
Poisonous gas detector.
See the hills all around...
Thats the rim...
...and we are in the center of the crater.
Yellow = sulphur.
Thats the rim of the crater.
We're going to the smoky area.
The smoke is coming from here.
Boiling hot water.
A 100sq foot pool
Hot and sulphuric.
This is the colour of our ride.
and the vapor....ha ha ha
We were told that people come here to commit suicide.
There are much better ways to go.
Back on the road.
Passing more villages.
We're headed to a very interesting place now...
One of the highlights of the trip.
We go around the outside first.
To the rear with the direct sunlight.
For the best view.
We made it.
The way up....
The best shot.
As we walk up.
We take in the historical splendour that is Borobodur.
Just like Angkor Wat.
Its quite a way up.
To the top level.
Each bell shaped structure has a Budha inside.
Mountains in the distance.
We all loved it
Look at that view.
Right at the top of the temple.
On the other side...
You can just make out the outline of the volcano.
And in the distance behind the cloud is Gunung Merapi.
A long day riding.
We asked a local lady to take a group photo.
And before we left... The perfect shot.
After a full day its time to rest.
More adventures tomorrow .