Posts Tagged ‘Lombok’


‘Where did the 4 cyclists go? When did they leave?’
Down the steep hill I had just climbed to get to the last coordinates I had for Clement and his friends.
‘Did you see 4 cyclists?’ I asked at the important cross-road.
‘Yes! Yes!’ They pointed empfatically in one direction.
And so I tracked them down. They weren’t expecting me for another 2 days, apparently.

Beach

Beach

They were lazing in a gazebo on the side of the road – very surpised to see me. Clement had met up with 3 friends in Denpasar, and they had slowly been making their way across Bali and Lombok. We slowly went in search of a beach to sleep at – while my feet were itching.

The road to our meeting point was moderately unspectacular – there were a few nice views in the morning light.

Morning light

Morning light

We saw our first locals that, as far as we can see, are actively destroying their environment (people that live there – not big companies that consume and leave). The people were burning coral to make a white powder like cement for construction. They not only collect the loose coral that washes up on the shore, but blow up big chunks with dynamite and bring it to shore. I don’t know how long this process can be sustained.

Don't destroy the coral

Don’t destroy the coral

Tomorrow Sumbawa – alone once again. I will race on and see Clement again in Timor.


John – an animation guy from New Zealand and David – the manager of the hotel – made it hard to get away (in a nice way). John has done some amazing animation projects with Mauri themes, which stimulated the thinking juices for what my next life will be. I was thinking about how close this next life is as I scaled some minor hills to get to the boat to Lombok. The final island hopping has begun in earnest.

John, David and me

John, David and me

My dawdling has to stop. When I roll out the map, I see the many islands to cross and the many hills to climb. And the many boats to take. Today I cycled with a mission – to reach the boat to Lombok, and take the 4 hour trip. The little climb next to the volcano was pretty.

Going over a small pass

Going over a small pass

Volcano

Volcano

I think I’ve been spoiled by the volcanos of East Java. The views were nice, but, the remoteness was lacking. Westeners were zapping around everywhere on their motorbikes and the divers were out in force. I went to look at a beach and saw the divers stumbling forward to shore – like zombies invading the planet.

Tonight I find myself sleeping in the waiting room at the harbour on Lombok. Tomorrow I might catch up with Clement and his friends.