– The adventures of a solo round the world cyclist –

Day 261 (Timor-Leste Day 14)

After a very enjoyable ride to Hatubuilico, I am feeling a little down. It is mostly to do with the stress I feel in having to organise parts for my bike, compounded by the stress (or lack of ease) in being in a place where I can’t talk to anyone. It was great having Prush to speak to and have dinner with in Maubisse, but here I’m on my own. I called Antonio and got him to act as a translator so I could find out what meals are included in my stay at the old Pousada, and how I can go about finding a local guide for my hike up Mt Ramelau. Having a guide is important if you want to show respect and courtesy to the local people. The mountain is culturally significant and to go up alone is to risk insulting the gods that watch over this place and inviting negative repercussions for the villagers. I am (bucket) showered, fed and warm, so I can’t really complain too much. I think I’m just ridiculously tired. Last night, construction work was being conducted right outside my room. It went on all through the night and I found it impossible to sleep. Here should be quite different. It is very peaceful in this out-of-the-way village. Gentle music is floating through the valley as I write: beautiful Christmas carols.

Mountain villages

Mountain villages

Accommodation $ Old Pousada
Distance ridden today 29.19km
Average cycling speed 7.7kph
Total distance ridden 8,477km

2 Responses to “Day 261 (Timor-Leste Day 14)”

  1. zantte

    Such an opportunity to truly understand how humans comunicate without words. Looks like you are such a nice guy, you will be fine! The Old woman always provides right?

    Reply
    • Budgie Escapee

      Yes I’ve already discovered how much can be said without words! While it’s very possible to satisfy ones basic needs through sign language, one very frustrating thing is that I’m not free to satisfy my curiosity with endless questions about what I’m seeing. I often just have to come up with my own interpretations about what is going on around me.

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