Son had told me he would come by at 8am. My watch told me it was 8.55am when he arrived. I had been getting increasingly frustrated as I felt the day warming up and knew that I was missing the relatively cool morning riding window. But, at 8.50am, I was struck with the thought that maybe there is a time change between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. There was – Son wasn’t late and I was able to rid myself of my frustration just before he arrived. Son led me on his scooter to a shop where I could buy a SIM card. It was a good thing he was there because the shop wanted an Indonesian ID. I said bye to Son and set off for Kefa.

West Timor is clearly wealthier than its eastern counterpart. The roads are in good condition. Windows have glass. The way to Kefa was hilly. It is astonishing how many false summits there can be. I got a free iced tea at the warung I stopped at for lunch. I was curiously watching a guy make one for another customer (I had no idea what he was making at the time). When he noticed me watching he made one for me and said I didn’t have to pay for it. In Kefa, I decided to splash out and stay at Comfort Inn where I could make use of good internet, receive free breakfast and recover in comfort. I received a very warm welcome from Yvonne who gave me a free coke on arrival.

Getting stopped by curious strangers

Getting stopped by curious strangers

Accommodation $ Hotel
Distance ridden today 92.09km
Average cycling speed 15.4kph
Total distance ridden 8,721km