Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by mumunmumun on 15 October 2013 • Destination
We skid through Sumbawa and breaking Boski’s record for the furthest he’s ever driven before, Lombok. We cruised and did some sightseeing Sumbawa on its brand new asphalt and ending the road at Sape after about 2500 meters. The roads on Sumbawa are delicious for any driver. It’s hardly crowded, it’s brand new, smooth, and the best part is that it’s located on the coast of the island, providing a scenic ride most of the way across the island.
We did get a chance to stay at the Aman Gati Hotel, located at the Lakey Beach, Dompu. This is a surfers beach with long sets of waves come rolling in the distance. A wave-watching tower confirmed me that this is a serious place to surf. I’m not sure about the technicality of the waves, whether it’s a lefty or not, how hard it is, or how dangerous the reefs are. I just happen to see some surfers take the effort to be there with their boards. Surf camps are always located in the most interesting places in Indonesia!
Amongst the landscape that we admired, we also made a pit stop to Palama Village. This is one of the villages you could visit while sightseeing Sumbawa, which produce wild horse milk. Yes, they drink horse milk here even though cows seem to be running around the place. I had a sip from a batch that was freshly milked in front of me. The milk itself tasted thin and less tasty than cow’s milk. There’s no confirmation whether ‘wild horse milk’ has certain purposes for ‘stamina’ as believed by many Indonesians, but it’s sure one source of protein for the locals in this dry and arid area, where veggies can’t prosper as well as other places of the country. During the visit, the cutest beings had to be the baby horses that had just been born not so long ago. It looked more like a sheep than it did a horse.
As we arrived at Sape Port, we parted with car number 7. T7 was to return to Jakarta and we were accompanied by one remaining car. I gave it a last hug as it has brought me so far. I got my cheek burned a bit, but it was worth it. We also parted with most of the drivers as they are to head back to Jakarta. Part of the team had left and it already felt very quiet. Sightseeing Sumbawa had ended. The trip continued. To Labuan Bajo!
There wasn’t much time to do anything on Sumbawa. It was a long ride. We arrived too late at the hotel, and had to rush the next morning to the Sape port to cross to Labuan Bajo, Flores. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to enjoy. I have never been to this part of Sumbawa before so even though we did nothing, it was the best time to really see the land from end to end. On this lag of the trip, I adored the landscape of Sumbawa. It’s not as dramatic, but similarly exotic to Flores. I hope to this drive again in the future, with the wheel in my hand and the drivers view across my eyes.
Again, with the smooth asphalt and the coastal view, the ride was a joy. One of the automotive guys even compared the route to Monte Carlo. Now that’s something. In the mean time, enjoy the little that I can share of the trip; Sumbawa’s scenery.
*This post is in accordance to the Terios 7 Wonders trip but the opinions are my own
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