ITINERARY - North Sulawesi Cycle Tour

North Sulawesi                     

Trip dates 06 - 18 June 2014
Cycle distance 638 km
Elevation 8180 m
Riding Time 36 hours
No of days 13 days
No of cycle days 10 days

JUNE 2015

Day 1
Saturday 06
When we arrive at Manado airport we値l be picked up & taken the 5 km to an international hotel. Our mechanic will assemble the bikes and we'll 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'll have a trip orientation.
Accommodation: International Hotel

Day 2
Sunday 07
Cycle day 1
72 km
Manado - Mont Lakon
On our first day痴 cycling we'll join with local cyclists and skirt 45 km around Manado to the market village of Pasar Airmadidi where we'll 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: Comfortable modern Country Inn

Day 3
Monday 08
Cycle day 2
55 km
Gunung Lakon - Remboken
Today'll 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'll yoga by the pool.
Accommodation: Comfortable lakeside cottages

Day 4
Tuesday 09
Cycle day 3
52 km
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: Comfortable lakeside cottages

Day 5
Wednesday 10
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: Beachside Hotel

Day 6
Thursday 11
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: International Hotel

Day 7
Friday 12
Rest day in Kotamobago. Kotamobago located among coffee plantations, vegetable gardens, near a lake, has a cool climate and is near smallholder goldmines which we will visit.
Accommodation: International Hotel

Day 8
Saturday 13
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: Standard cottage by beach

Day 9
Sunday 143
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: Modern good quality village homestay

Day 10
Monday 15
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, fabulous scenery. We値l stay in a homely warung makan / guest house right on the beach.
Accommodation: Standard beachside guesthouse

Day 11
Tuesday 16
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: International Hotel

Day 12
Wednesday 17
Cycle day 10
50 km
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: International Hotel

Day 13
Thursday 18
Airport transfers.
Last day of Tour.