I plan Cycle Indonesia trips as cultural immersion adventures on bikes.
Indonesian cultural and language instruction is integrated naturally into the cycle rhythm of the day.
We're in non-tourist Indonesia so riders are able to experience Indonesia as it really is, not as
something that's been put on to make money from foreign tourists.
Daily rides are 60 - 100 km, depending on terrain, accommodation, things to see and swimming. Rides are planned with flexibility to
allow for spontaneous stops for exploring, talking with locals, waterfall sitting and local activities.
The support vehicle drivers, who've been with me for 7 years, speak English and a mechanic attends to mechanical mishaps along the
way, washes the bikes daily and keeps them in top shape.
We did our first group ride in South Sulawesi in 2009. Since then we've increased our routes to include Central and North Sulawesi,
Bali and Flores.
Roads on all of the routes are sealed. In Bali and Flores they are in good repair. Small sections of road in South and Central Sulawesi
are in need of repair.
I organize the food before trips start. It is local style Indonesian - rice, fish, vegetables for main meals. Village cakes and
fruits-in-season at the stops.
Vegetarians and gluten free riders are catered for.
Fresh water is readily available as is electrolytic sports drink Pocari Sweat. There's an ice box to keep drinks, including beer, cold.
Accommodation (twin share) in the cities is international class. Along the way it is in family guesthouses that usually includes AC, sit
down loos, showers and sometimes hot water. In Flores some of the accommodation is in seminaries and nunneries.
Single supplements are available.
Although most of the riding is near the equator much of the cycling is 1000 - 2000 feet above sea level so temperatures are not a
problem for those who have prepared themselves before the trip.
I do not plan trips with any weather forecasts in mind because they've been proved wrong too many times and riders have found cycling in
the rain to be fun, cleansing and refreshing.
Most riders find MTBs the most practical bike to use. Some riders bring their own, others choose to hire bikes.
All over Indonesia the locals are amazingly friendly, drivers are thoughtful and considerate and the police are always helpful.
I've been cycling Indonesia since 2001 and still get a huge buzz out of it.