As usual, I got going later than planned. After a nice downhill to the Ende border, I began climbing and, apart from a few relieving downhills, continued up and up and up. Just after Watu Wiro I was brought out of my trance-like riding state when I heard my name being called. It was Laura and Willy and friends, on their way to Koka Beach for the day. I was relieved when Laura said it wasn’t much further to Watugana where they all live and where I will be staying. I stopped in Moni for lunch, then rode to the family’s house, asking people I passed where Willy lived. I found my way there and met Willy’s father ‘Moose’, who was chatting with friends on the front porch. I had a coffee and listened to the conversation for a while before going for a walk.
Down the road I met Francisco, who, after visiting Australia for three weeks as part of a development program, has returned to Moni with a plan to implement a waste recycling system, to convert the plastic that litters the country into things of value such as art work. I continued my walk up the hill and was waved into a porch of a house by a figure that turned out to be Moose. I joined him and his friends as they chatted and shots of arak were shared around the circle. After the glass had come by me five times, I thanked them for their company and went home, feeling pleasantly tipsy. I was immediately given a plate of food and tea, and just as I started eating, Laura, Willy and co. arrived. The power was out so dinner took a while to prepare but it was well worth the wait. The feast included one of their three ducks.
|Distance ridden today||47.28km|
|Average cycling speed||13.7kph|
|Total distance ridden||9,066km|