After we arrived back at Harris Hotel Malang and straightened our legs by the pool. Kiki came along with Roy and Luhur. She gave us a lot of gifts from Malang. Malang’s well-known apple, all this tempe chips. O my God I was so touched and I didn’t even give anything for her in return. After chit chatting for awhile she left and we promised to meet up for lunch before we continue our trip to Yogyakarta. Yufi also met the guy to return the both the KLX and the Vario, probably for our next trip (Next time we would take Cica to Pananjakan for the Sunrise) I have already mastered KLX.
Day 4. Exploring Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru.
Finally, the day that we have been waiting for has arrived. We were so excited to take Cica to Bromo. For Yufi this is going to be his 4th time visiting Bromo. For me it was my 3rd time. Last time we went to Bromo was in motorcycle in 2008, wait that was just for me, for Yufi the last time he visited Bromo was in 2011. We rode a motorcycle (I was the navigator a.k.a the passenger hahahahah) from Jakarta to Bromo, you can have a peek of the journey at my old blog http://anakku-falisha.blogspot.com/2009/08/1000-km-in-attempt-to-view-mystical.html
Still DAY 3. Exploring Batu (Batu Secret Zoo, Batu Night Spectacular, Alun Alun Batu)
So we finally got out of the Zoo. It was actually a bit scary..we tried to look for the exit on our own but it was all dark and kinda creepy hahahaha, also scared that one of Tiger was wandering around.
Next destination was Batu Night Spectacular http://jawatimurpark1.com/info.php?id=7 , I think both Jatim Park 2 and Batu Night Spectacular’s operation hours are intentionally synced. It opens right before Batu Secret Zoo closes, they fill in for each other so that tourists would still have a place to visit beside Alun Alun Kota Batu. Batu Night Spectacular (BNS for short) located on the same street as Batu Secret Zoo, a bit further up from the Zoo. I was oblivious that right opposite BNS was Rumah Sosis Bandung – Batu, I mean why do you need to visit Rumah Sosis Bandung in Batu anyway….?
Wheeew, I haven’t exactly visit this page for a long time, there are a lot of bike riding notes are missing as I didn’t have the time to write. O well, will finish when I had the chance though, in the meantime I will write the last travel we had with Cica while it is still fresh on my brain.
So, after a thorough and careful consideration plus a little bit of Yufi’s ambition to have a father and daughter adventure – leaving me out of the picture when he says “adventure”, yes I am only the hula girl hahaha, we decided to go east this time. Yes, we are going to East Java with Batu as its main destination, with Bromo as the cherry on top then Jogjakarta as a place to cool off afterwards.
At last, I have a chance to write another biking experience, the biking itself took last year, yea I know but still worth to let you guys know hahahahah
Okay so, Yufi and Pak Andri were planning to bike to Cianjur, specifically wants to explore this Curug Cikondang then to Gunung Padang to this newly found megalith site.
on 24th March 2012, we left our home at 3.30 AM after pre-loaded our bikes and all the stuff we need. We headed straight to Cianjur. We decided to drive on our own just for logistic sake. The meeting point was Giant Cianjur, where friends from Brown Sugar MTB Community of Cianjur were waiting for us. They were our host for the biking session.
After waiting for all participants for the the ride to arrive for awhile we had our breakfast then we headed to Kang Fonda’s house which was the home base for Brown Sugar Community. we got ourselves ready, loaded the bike to the pick up provided, checking things so we didn’t leave anything behind. I thought I wouldn’t be the only girl but apparently the other lady decided not to bike because she thought it would be hard for her, so she will be just following us in the safety car (well it’s one of the participant car which allocated to follow us in case some of us need to be saved)
Loading ourselves to the back of a pick up Continue reading Biking to Gunung Padang
Okay…this is way too late but hey this is my blog, I can write whenever I want hehehe…
So after not succesful first attempt, I decided to ride again to KM 0 just to prove that I am not easily yield (lebay)
Got myself mentally prepared this 2nd round plus hoping that the weather would go easy on me and I don’t care how long I would take to actually arrived at the KM 0, I would just ride.
So after the first not so enthralling experience riding at NuRa a.k.a New Rindu Alam last time, another group riding plan to Puncak area has been set up and I thought group riding would be much more fun, at least if you got lost somewhere in the area, it would be colossal hehehehe
So, that Saturday (I completely forgot when was this but this was circa January 2012) we gathered up in the usual meeting point at Gadog mosque. There were 5 people turned up, Diana and Denny, Yufi and myself, Bram and Tony. But it was merry enough to enjoy the ride.
After finally set in our destined angkot, we took off from Gadog. The weather was not too promising, but as someone who always prefer cold and rainy than hot and sunny especially for riding, I didn’t mind at all because I would definitely finish the ride without bonus of having a headache afterwards which of course something that I looked forward to hehehehehe
So after awhile being agitated in the stylish angkot (you know lowrider, big stereo box and all) for about 30 minutes or so we finally arrived at Mang Ade’s warung.
From what I witnessed the weather was perfecto however, not so for my ride buddies. It was super foggy, limited sight and kinda misty. So we were hoping that it would clear up a bit by the time we finished our hearty brekkie.
Yufi and I realized that we left our protectors at home and none of us own a rain coat, so we decided to purchase this fashionable rain coat made out of a plastic similar to those plastic bags you get from supermarket hehehehe but hellooo…..it was the only one with reasonable price, so shut up.
The weather seemed not getting any friendlier, it was even getting thicker and faint mist was all over our face like a mist sprayed from an Evian Water mist, but it didn’t stopped us from getting ready.
After a very important discussion on which route to go for this epic, misty and muddy ride, the boys decided that we should try the famous TW3 – to us ladies it was famous for being not gowesable for rookies hahahahah but what the heck we tagged along..
The weather was awesome to me although we were served an uphill rocky road but I could do it (thanks to uphill torture in Sentul) not to mention I was riding the “wind dancer” my new Giant Trance X2😀
Anyhow, the long stretched of that rocky road was kinda killing me, made a stop here and there to catch my breath and had a good sip from my streamer, we finally got to the intersection. The weather made the view breathtaking (if you could say also super foggy and misty, no, it was worst, it was raining). After enough going gaga over what’s may come towards us ahead, we took the left turn which lead us to a single track, the gate of TW3. It was great in the beginning, I was still pedaling nicely on my bike but soon it was horror.
The track was getting muddier, more slippery and the scariest thing was you were surrounded by cliff, o well happy off roading I thought…..
What made me happy was the “wind dancer” was really easy to handle, the fact that I had Kenda Nevegal on both of the wheels surprised me – I didn’t know what it was then, but I didn’t sway uncontrollably on those muddy and slippery tracks – this compared to my Kenda Coyote tires fitted on my LG. Anyhow…..some of the tracks were not gowesable, we had to merrily tuntun our bike heheheh. The track was insane – at least to me because it is supposedly built for those MTB-ers who like to jump here and there while going downhill. The steep descending track had a sharp turn and decorated with deep cliff next to it as well as dangling trees and bushes along the track.
At some points, tuntun the bike was a wise option…we even slipped here and there while tuntun-ing the bike, so imagine the torture. Tony and Diana slipped a couple of times but they rose from wherever they slipped into happily hahahahah and also documentation was definitely obligatory.
Although it was “40% sitting nicely on our bike pedaling 60% was definitely walking” ride but everyone was showing a big optimist smile going through the track right till the end.
At last after about two hours being bashed and slapped by the muddy track of TW3 we finally arrived at the glory point…..super exhausted and super fun
Another Canon moments were taken, just to show although we were bruised here and there but overall it was all worth trying
The next leg was friendlier, I am not saying easier because the mud track was still there but at least this part was gowesable especially for the newbie like moi. The view again was the bonus, definitely soothing right to the soul (#eaaaaa) the green tea plants looked like a huge green carpet from where we stood.
We finally got to the point where our loyal angkot (of course we paid him) was waiting for us the rain seemed celebrating our arrival because all of a sudden it was cat and dogs and as if being bashed in TW3 was not enough to pump up our adrenaline, we decided to take a break at Mang Ade’s and continued to RA classic track, such a brave move aye..
The wind was blowing I think 200 km/hour (I am exaggerating, but it felt like it was tho..) because we could hear the vroom vroom sound the wind was making..again that didn’t stopped us from going on to RA Classic.
After regaining our energy, we took off. The RA Classic track was filled with gravels and rocks, wasn’t exactly easy to go through but all the way it was gowesable though…Yufi didn’t seem to like it but I enjoyed it..no super steep uphill and downhill although like other mountain tracks it was muddy and wet not to mention the rain was pouring crazily over us.
We found the famous (I later found out) a small river cutting through the track and all of us seemed to have the same thought, we jumped in right into it with our bikes and started cleaning them hahahahaha
After that we safely emerged from the track and arrived at the Gunung Mas tea plantation area, planning to continue to Gadog through that famous Ngehe’s uphill track but decided to go back through main road, as our energy was completely drained by the two tracks and rain.
Diana and Tony parted their way, they went down with angkot while me and the rest continued biking down. When we got to Gadog all we could think of was going home to have good stretch, but the bike was all filthy we had to wash them first while the owners also took a quick shower. I ate sate kikil as I was damn hungry. After that all five of us parted ways
It was a really fun session I thought, although TW3 may not be the right track for me at the moment, dunno later when I master jumping and all of that tricks (keep on dreaming..)
But it is definitely worth to come back over and over again…we gonna put this as our routine tracks for the next.
Until the next write!