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