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Belly Of The Earth

15,385 km so far. Crossing the Tengger Caldera, which contains within its walls four newer volcano cones and the Sand Sea, felt like we were on another planet. The caldera is 10 km in diameter, and its base is covered entirely in black sand and ash that has been spit out by Bromo and the […]

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A Thoroughly Stupid Day

15,342 km so far. In 15 months of travelling, with many days that could compete for stupidest day, none were more stupid than today. It started out with the disheartening news that to enter the Mount Bromo park, we would have to pay the equivalent of $25 each. I was sure I’d read that it […]

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Bromo Or Bust

15,326 km so far. Note: for those of you keeping track, we have adjusted our total distance today to reflect an error we found, where one ride was added twice. When we set off this morning, we knew the ride would put all the work we have done on this trip to the test. We […]

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Recharging

15,351 km so far. Historically, we have been terrible at rest days. Instead of resting, we tend to expend our energy doing chores, sightseeing, and walking. It takes discipline to rest. Today, we were remarkably successful at just doing nothing. Having found the excellent Hotel Transit Pasuruan, a brand new hotel, conveniently located right near […]

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Three Flats And A Bad Road

15,351 km so far. Yeah, today’s title kind of gives the game away. Today was rough. This is the third day in a row that was supposed to be an easy ride, but didn’t end up that way. We did eventually make it to Pasuruan, but it took far longer than it should have to […]

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Tired Of Travel

15,289 km so far. I think the heat and the traffic and the sheer busyness of Southeast Asia are finally getting to us. It’s hard to get up in the mornings, hard to keep pushing ourselves forward, and hard to remember why we’re even doing this in the first place. Stephen’s note: I think it […]

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Know When To Say When

15,210 km so far. Last night we made a decision. Despite Jane not feeling her best, we would add almost 20 km to our route today. Rather than riding along the highway the whole day, we wanted to take small roads through the countryside. This made our goal for the day 114 km, to take […]

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Hell Is a Highway And We Are On It

15,134 km so far. Since the plan for today was to go 85 km on the highway, we kind of knew it would not be any fun. Right we were. Hey ho, it’s all part of the experience, and cycling on Java certainly is an experience. The highways across the island are not really highways […]

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Back On Track

15,042 km so far. It is a relief to be back on our bikes. It has been far too long since we last rode more than a few kilometres around a city. Today we headed out of Yogyakarta, starting our trek to Bali. Fields Of Green Almost immediately we were in the countryside, where rice […]

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Avoiding The Tourists

14,974 km so far. Borobudur, a longish bus ride from Yogyakarta, is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world. It is also Indonesia’s biggest tourist attraction and a must-see on any visit to the region. Which is precisely why we decided to skip it. Given the choice between spending the day exploring […]

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