We had no idea to expext of the Trans Sumantran Highway. With a map that is consistantly confusing, plots cities wherever the cartographer "remembered them", and no height profile, of course every ride becomes a bit of a guess.
What the map shows though is 1 road connecting the North (populated) to the middle (populated and oil) part of Sumatra with the Trans-Sumatran Highway. We thought, let's give it a try, if it is horrible we can always escape it with a bus. So to put it in Singlish: "See How First!"
Here is some idea, of the worlds most beautifull Highway!!!
The local version of the infamous Tubing
Sidespan scooters...the mode of transport in cities and through mountains...
Actually on the road to the highway...a bridge that has seen better days
And somewhere in the middle of the rice fields you see a lot of tourist shops, and 20 guys with T-shirts in there hands (and very fast under your nose) and you realize....a the Equator
We are back in the Northern Hemisphere!!
With fewer cars on the road then on way to Shek-O, or a country cycling path in the NL. This roads cuts through mountains over rivers and through endless shades of green of all the rice paddies.... Absolutely stunning.
Today we crossed quite some villages almost half the time and I can say that our "Hello" indicator has gone up to about 1 / 50 meter. So for a 125 km trip that is about 5000 hello's in different varieties. The bodies are fit enough to cycle a full day now, though the hello's need a little training still....
Interestingly in he Morning it was Hello Mister to both me and Whiskey, whereas in the afternoon we both became "Hello Miss"....strange.
When riding into town here, I aksed someone for a hotel, the nice fellow showed me the way and was also just on his way to his weekly English class..... So he wanted to introduce me to his students and wanted me to come straight away. I managed to negotiated time for a shower (15 min max.) and there I was in a room of 20, being cross examined about my trip. I have a hard time explaining to some of my friends why cycling from HK to Singapore is fun... So in broken English...that was quite a challenge.
Now it is 2 more days till lake Toba and what remains of the tourist industry there.