ITINERARY - North Sulawesi Cycle Tour

North Sulawesi                     

Trip dates 21 January - 01 February 2012
Cycle distance 716 km
No of days 12 days
No of cycle days 10 days

Togian Option
Trip dates 01 February - 06 February 2012
No of days 6 days


Day 1
Saturday 21
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
Sunday 22
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 Lakon volcano Accommodation: Gardenia Country Inn

Day 3
Monday 23
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
Tuesday 24
Cycle day 3
52 km
By this day we値l have developed a healthy exercize, 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
Wednesday 25
Cycle day 4
65 km
Remboken - Amurang
From Remboken we値l cycle16 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
Thursday 26
Cycle day 5
111 km
Amurang - Kotamubago
Starting in Amurang and finishing in Kotamubago this値l be our most challenging day. The first10 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 Fun Ramah

Day 7
Friday 27
Cycle day 6
55 km
Kotamubago - Lolak
We値l drop 37 km from Kotamubago 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 8
Saturday 28
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 Rasmi 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: Bintauna

Day 9
Sunday 29
Cycle day 8
70 km
Bintauna - Antenggola
The 70 km from Bintauna to Antenggola 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 10
Monday 30
Cycle day 9
103 km
Antenggola - Gorontalo
The first 45 km following the coast from Antenggola is mostly flat 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 river valleys to the provincial capital and neat little city of Gorontalo. We値l stay in the international standard Hotel Quality.
Accommodation: Hotel Quality

Day 11
Tuesday 31
Cycle day 10
50 km
On our final cycling day we値l make excursions to the 500 year old Portugese Fort Otanaha, the vanishing Lake Limboto and finish the day at a local beach.
Accommodation: Hotel Quality

Day 12
Wednesday 1
Airport transfers.
Last day of Tour.

Togian Option

Day 1
Wednesday 1
Gorontalo - Kadidiri Island
The support vehicles will take our bikes back to Makassar. We値l take a minibus from Gorontalo to Marisa where we値l have lunch before taking the jetboat, 4 hours, to Paradise Dive Resort on Kadidiri Island in the Togian islands. There値l be time for yoga and a swim before dinner at 7 pm.
Accommodation: Paradise Dive Resort

Day 2
Thursday 2
Kadidiri Island
We値l do the things that people usually do at dive resorts: diving, snorkling, swimming, resting, eating, drinking.
Accommodation: Paradise Dive Resort

Day 3
Friday 3
Kadidiri Island
Same as per Thursday.
Accommodation: Paradise Dive Resort

Day 4
Saturday 4
Kadidiri Island - Ampana
We値l have up until mid afternoon on the island, we値l then take the jetboat , 2 hours, to the little town of Ampana on the mainland where we値l spend the night.
Accommodation: Ampana

Day 5
Sunday 5
Ampana - Tentena or Poso
We値l take a minibus westwards along the coast to Poso. On the way we値l deviate into the mountains of Central Sulawesi to visit Tentena at the northern end of pristine Lake Poso. Depending upon flight times (Poso-Makassar) we may spend the night in Tentena and travel to Poso the next day, or, we値l continue the journey to Poso on this day.

It would be possible for people to stay on longer and have a good look around the lake.
Accommodation: Tentena or Poso

Day 6
Monday 6
Tentena or Poso - Makassar
Regardless where we stay Sunday night we値l take the plane from Poso to Makassar where we値l pick our bikes up from our drivers who値l have brought them down from Gorontalo.
Last day of Tour.