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I looked over the rock and ten sets of beady eyes were looking back. Then all of a sudden the flying slugs skipped away across the ankle-deep water between the mangrove roots. They were everywhere, and they were so cute. The whole day was fantastic exploring this tropical water paradise. Caves, snorkelling and enjoying the company of our new ‘kaili’ (local Sulawesi people) friends. We didn’t cycle much though.

Sunrise at Paradise beach

Sunrise at Paradise beach

Will left after an initial snorkel to get to the bright lights of Palu for a hotel break. Clement and I were taken to ‘the cave’. We expected to walk along the beach. Actually, we swam around the rocks, waded through mangroves with roots protruding vertically from the shallow, clear water, and scaled small headlands. It was a beautiful stroll in this paradise playground, teeming with life from the sea, the beach and the forest.

Mangrove walk

Mangrove walk

Wading

Wading

When we finally left around 4, after another snorkel and a wonderful lunch, we scaled the steepest sand road of my trip for 5 very hard kilometres in the pounding sun. It was beautiful.

This was steep

This was steep

Coastal road

Coastal road

We didn’t get far today, and are tired from the non-cycling activities. A day in paradise.


With ten people watching in the hut in front of the idyllic beach I set up my hammock. I fail – the ropes are too close, then too far. Everyone laughs. Matthew, the great two left-handed adventurer laughs it off. Well, tries to.

Cleaning our place to stay

Cleaning our place to stay

Then Clement pulls out the photo of me and Will bare chested together on the tiny Equator monument. Will bans that one from making its way on the internet. You’ll just have to imagine how intimate it looked on such a tiny concrete block.

The equator

The equator

Today was equator day, Clement’s 35000km day, and a day of coconuts and the most amazing beaches. Our resting point tonight couldn’t be more beautiful – a bay with a big white, sandy beach, lined with coconut trees and crystal-clear, mirror-calm waters. We watched the sunset sitting in the water as the clouds merged and transformed before our eyes.

What a warm welcome in the village. Again, we had an evening with amazing food and people. Thank-you!

Beautiful road

Beautiful road

Our evening beach

Our evening beach

Approaching our evening spot

Approaching our evening spot

Our kaili friends

Our kaili friends