ITINERARY - North Sulawesi Cycle Tour

North Sulawesi                     

Overview
Trip dates 13 - 25 January 2013 Places Remaing on Tour
Cycle distance 715 km 4                    
No of days 13 days
No of cycle days 10 days

JANUARY 2013


Day 1
Sunday 13
Manado
When we arrive at Manado airport we値l be picked up & taken the 5 km to the international standard Novotel Manado. Our mechanic will assemble the bikes and we値l be able to give them a trial ride before our first yoga class and a Minahasan fish dinner at an ocean-side restaurant where we値l have a trip orientation.
Accommodation: Novotel Manado


Day 2
Monday 14
Cycle day 1
72 km
Manado - Gunung Lakon
On our first day痴 cycling we値l join with local cyclists and skirt 45 km around Manado to the market village of Pasar Airmadidi where we値l ascend through valleys and hills to the mysterious Megalithic Waruga tombs. 4 km further ascent we can cool off and relax in the swimming pool at Sawangan. We値l climb another 12 km to Lake Tondano where we値l lunch in a rustic lakeside restaurant and then 15 km on to luxurious Gardenia Country Inn overlooking the still active Gunung Lokon volcano.
Accommodation: Gardenia Country Inn


Day 3
Tuesday 15
Cycle day 2
55 km
Gunung Lakon - Remboken
Today値l be a day of short exploratory excursions from the Gardenia. First we値l climb Gunung Mahawu volcano, 8 km round trip. Then 20 km there 'n' back to thermal Lake Linow followed by 15 km through lush countryside to Remboken (hot) pool resort where we値l yoga by the pool.
Accommodation: Sumaru Endo Hotel


Day 4
Wednesday 16
Cycle day 3
52 km
Remboken
By this day we値l have developed a healthy exercise, food and sleep regime. We値l circum-cycle Tondano Lake and surrounds, starting in Remboken, 8 km across rice-fields to Langowan, another 6 km to Kakas and 38 km around the lake with traditional fish farmers at work with their nets. Back at the resort we値l yoga and soak away the late afternoon in the thermal pool.
Accommodation: Sumaru Endo Hotel


Day 5
Thursday 17
Cycle day 4
65 km
Remboken - Amurang
From Remboken we値l cycle 16 km across rice fields to Kakas and Langowan where we値l stop for a cuppa and cake and enjoy the clip clopping of the pony traps which are a major transport mode. 12 km on we値l get a buzz out of the scenic 29 km descent from Kawangkoan to the road intersection at coastal Tumpaan and then another 8 km to our comfortable beach cottages at Amurang.
Accommodation: Kambiow Beach Cottage


Day 6
Friday 18
Cycle day 5
111 km
Amurang - Kotamubago
Starting in Amurang and finishing in Kotamobago this値l be our most challenging day. The first 10 km to the Kotamubago turn-off are flat. It値l be followed by 101 km of quiet road that ascends relentlessly through hills and valleys of coconut palm plantations intermingled with clove trees and chocolate gardens and cool climate vegetables such as onions, chillies, carrots, cauliflowers.
Accommodation: Hotel Senator


Day 7
Saturday 19
Kotamubago
Rest day in Kotamobago. Kotamobago located among vegetable gardens, near a lake, has a cool climate and is near a national park which we値l endeavour to visit.
Accommodation: Hotel Senator


Day 8
Sunday 20
Cycle day 6
55 km
Kotamubago - Lolak
We値l drop 37 km from Kotamobago through wet rice fields, pineapple plantations and coconut groves to Inobonto near the coast and then an undulating 19 km past the small town of Lolak 1 km to the beachside fishing village of Molosin where we値l stay at an 'improving' wisma by the sea.
Accommodation: Wisma Molosin


Day 9
Monday 21
Cycle day 7
82 km
Lolak - Bintauna
This値l be the first of 3 challenging days. The terrain between Lolak and Bintauna is a series of coastal mountain and river valleys. We値l stay with Ibu Rahmi in her daughter痴 quite large Italian husband designed village house just outside of Bintauna. Muslim domes begin to replace Christian church spires reflecting the changing religious base of the population.
Accommodation: Ibu Rahmi's village house


Day 10
Tuesday 22
Cycle day 8
70 km
Bintauna - Antenggola
The 70 km from Bintauna to Atinggola is similar to the previous day, challenging river valleys and substantial hills. We値l stay in Ibu Ria痴 homely warung makan / guest house.
Accommodation: Ibu Ria, Antenggola


Day 11
Wednesday 23
Cycle day 9
103 km
Antenggola - Gorontalo
The first 45 km following the coast westwards from Atinggola is undulating to Kwandang after which the road heads south climbing seriously to the (new) province of Gorontalo and a magnificent lookout over the north coast after which we値l drop down through forested river valleys, have lunch at a Nasi Padang cafe and then on to the provincial capital and neat little city of Gorontalo. We値l have dinner and stay in the international standard Hotel Quality.
Accommodation: Hotel Quality


Day 12
Thursday 24
Cycle day 10
50 km
Gorontalo
On our final cycling day we値l make excursions to Museum Sukarno, the 500 year old Portugese Fort Otanaha, the vanishing Lake Limboto, sooth our bodies in some local thermal pools and finish the day with a traditional Gorontalo lunch in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Quality


Day 13
Friday 25
Gorontalo
Airport transfers.
Last day of Tour.