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‘Bisa bernang?’ (Can we swim?)
‘Tidak!’
Snapping the arms together, we understood there are crocodiles here.
Ouch.

The plains in Timor

The plains in Timor

The countryside in Timor feels more like Australia. It looks drier, and the vegetation less rich. I think Timor soil has the same root as Australia’s, and it makes for a more familiar feeling. Timor is also very poor. People say it when they talk to us. There is no industry and they see little help from Jakarta. We cycled through flat plains before the coast lined with little straw huts and road shaped straw huts at the back. I asked what the round huts were for – food storage – corn.

Today it is Clement’s turn to be sick and not bursting with energy. I think his race across Flores gave it to him, and he just needs a bit of time to recover. We stopped earlyish and are staying in a police station. They offered us the local wine to try, but we just collapsed into bed.

Hut between the trees

Hut between the trees

A watery environment

A watery environment

Huts

Huts


I didn’t sleep well on the boat, and spent most of the day procrastinating before stopping at 3 to have an afternoon sleep before an evening sleep. Then Clement wrote. His boat arrived at 5 in the evening – not 5 in the morning. We had an evening of catching up and preparing for the cycle through Timor.

Resting place

Resting place

After eating two meals and fixing my flat tyre in front of a large audience at the harbour, I cycled, stopped and ate, cycled, stopped and had my hair cut. I then cycled, stopped and ate, and stopped to sleep. I was not ready for the hills ahead. Time for a rest.

Tomorrow Clement and I will start our cycle in Timor proper.