05.09.2017 - 05.09.2017 95 °F
09 May 2017
Up early - great night sleep!! Breakfast and it was time for Moto 101. I've really wanted to learn how to ride a moto but most islands are just too busy. Sudar took me down the small dirt road to the main road and showed me how to start, stop and go. It's pretty simple though turning around proved to be my nemesis. Brenda, Jim and I all had our own motos and Linda and Wayne rode together. Before the beach....we had to get gas. The benzine (petrol) station was just up the road and there was a long line of motos to fill up.
That done and we were off. We knew the route should go past Happinezz but when we go there, there was a wedding at a house down the road which blocked the whole road. That would never happen at home. So it was turn around, then left, left and another left and we were off. We found the turnoff but the road up the hill had two small cement lanes which proved a little difficult for first time moto drivers but we made it.
Finding Sunset Beach made it all worthwhile...one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Strange to say, since we live in the desert, but anywhere on or near water is my "happy place". I was happy here. We spent the morning swimming along the beach. Lunch was ordered from one of the half dozen warungs. A little more swimming and it was time for JIm and I to head back. I had to make sure I don't get too much sun.
On the way back, we checked with Joyce and found that the flight out on Wednesday had three seats available. Book them!!! 320K Rp - about $25 plus extra for baggage over 10Kg. But..the tickets can't be bought online - only at the office at the airport and only when the office is open. Island time....
Before we had to turn in the motos, Wayne and Brenda headed back to Sunset Beach for some "Sunset" photos.
For dinner, with Wayne and Linda's recommendation, we headed towards the Fish Market at the harbour Around a large field, people set up small stalls to sell and cook fish. Behind each stall, on the field, they set up their own dining area: Large plastic tarps with long low tables.
Jim and I had Squid Karimunjawa (recommended by his nephew Joe Burke)....it was delicious. We also tried some Ayam Satay (chicken). Brenda had a fried banana and Wayne and Linda had snapper and a type of lobster.
Our plans set for the next day....snorkeling.