As I left town I was confronted by a sculpture of a hand pulling the two-finger salute towards Ende. I didn’t stop to investigate what it was for. A little further on I started seeing senior high school kids on their way to school, dressed in an orange uniform reminiscent of the jumpsuits worn by criminals in American movies. The road took me along the coast, every so often ducking inland over hills. About 46km into the day, the road swung inland and for the next 13km became a steady climb. It flattened out for another 10km before undulating into Boawae. When on the outskirts of town, a heavy rain came without warning. I got drenched but didn’t mind as I was already drenched in sweat. I made my way in the rain to Hotel Sao Asih and promptly discovered their website’s advertised prices are inaccurate by more than three-fold. With the rain well and truly set in and no other dry accommodation options around, I had no choice but to accept the new price ($AU13 per night). Right now I am resting on the hotel balcony. I have been invited to a neighbours place for an evening coffee. After that I will search for dinner.
|Distance ridden today||90.64km|
|Average cycling speed||14.7kph|
|Total distance ridden||9,256km|