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THE VISION
On this trip two program options are available, namely, a 9 DAY OPTION; and a 6 DAY OPTION.

I want to share through cycling, with like minded people, my love, knowledge and experience of Indonesian life and culture.


THE ROUTE
Distances and terrain
The route will cover a distance of approximately 500 km with an average of about 85 km per cycle day. I’ve planned the trip with EXPERIENCED AND BEGINNING cycle tourists in mind. There will be Short Ride Options for beginners.

For the most part the route will take us over smooth, uncrowded but fully bituminised roads. The only really busy segment will be rentering the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi's one and only large city. W
e’ll avoid morning traffic by leaving at the crack of dawn on the first cycle day.

On five of the six cycle days the route will contain seriously undulating ascents and descents, the latter everyone will enjoy. On the sixth day the route include 30 km of undulations, the rest being flat. .


CYCLE DAYS


DAY


ROUTE


KM


TERRAIN


DEMAND

1 Makassar – Malino 80 First 30 km flat
Next 50 km undulating ascent
First 30 km E
Last 50 km H
2 Malino 40 Steep ascents and steep descents Beginners will find the ascents H
3 Malino-Sinjai 80 Undulating descent M – H
4 Sinjai – Cape Bira 102 40 km undulating ascent
62 km descent and flat
Initial acent: H
The decents will be E
5 Cape Bira – Bisappu Waterfall - Jeneponto 110 Initial 5km ascent followed by 70 km mostly flat coastal, 4 km ascent, rest undulating Ascents will be H
Flat sections E
Ascent at end E
6 Jeneponto - Makassar 90 50 km undulating. 40 km flat.
TOTAL KM 500

I expect experienced riders will ride all the way while beginners will take the Short Ride Options.


SHORT RIDE OPTIONS FOR BEGINNERS


DAY


ROUTE


KM


TERRAIN


DEMAND

1 Makassar – Bili-Bili 30 First 30 km flat
Next 10 km gently ascends
First 30 km E
Last 10 km M
2 Malino 20 Steep ascents Beginners will find the ascents H, The decents will be easy
3 Malino – Manipi 40 Undulating descent from Malino to Manipi Beginners will find this H because although the road generally descends there are some challenging initial ascents.
4 Sinjai – Cape Bira 40

OR

62
Option 1
40 km undulating ascent

Option 2
62 km descent and flat
The initial ascent to Tanete will be H. The descent and flat section will be E.
5 Cape Bira – Bisappu Waterfall – Jeneponto 110 Option 1
Bira - 42 km - Bulukumba.

Option 2
Bulukumba - 48 km - Intersection for ascent to waterfall.

Option 3
Bulukumba - 54 km - Waterfall
By this stage of the trip beginners should have the strength to climb the initial 5 km out of Bira.
6 Jeneponto – Makassar 90 Beginnners will be encouraged to ride the 90 km.


PLACES AND ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST
• Makassar, the historical centre of the spice trade and the gateway to eastern Indonesia.
• The Find Your Sweetheart Waterfall and Teh Nikkoh Tea Plantation in Malino.
• The centre of Indonesia’s wooden sailing boat building industry at Tana Beru.
• Swimming, snorkelling, diving and relaxing on the white sands at Bira beach.
• The Bisappu Thousand Steps Waterfall.
• Salt making and fish farming in Jeneponto.
• Traditional rice farming villages.

• Beach at Jeneponto.



DAILY PLAN
The general daily plan will be to be "on the road" by 6 am and to have reached, or nearly reached, our destination by lunchtime. In the late afternoons a short Yoga session will be available for those interested. Dinners will be at about 7 pm to allow you to get to bed early.


INDONESIAN DRIVERS
Drivers in South Sulawesi are generally more respectful towards cyclists than their Australian counterparts. Away from Makassar, the drivers are mostly commercial drivers who know the roads and how to behave on them.


THE PEOPLE
There are three major ethnic groups in South Sulawesi - the Buginese, the Makasarrese and the Torajas. They each have their own language and culture. There are small numbers of Chinese in the bigger towns. The major religions are Islam and various denominations of Christianity and there is good harmony amongst them.

The people in South Sulawesi are welcoming towards foreign visitors and are especially friendly towards cyclists. You may have read about sectarian based violence in Sulawesi. What violence that occurred did not occur anywhere near our route and in any case such violence is now a thing of the past.


THE CULTURE AND LANGUAGE OF INDONESIA
The rural parts of the southern part of Sulawesi is peopled mostly by Buginese and Makassarese. Makassar is a cosmopolitan city with influences from all over the world in evidence. The culture of the region has been shaped by six centuries of Islam. The lingua franca and national language is bahasa Indonesia. In the towns there are sprinklings of other ethnic groups such as Chinese and Torajans most of whom follow Christianity. There is good religious harmony between the different religious group.


FOOD
The tour price includes all meals. Food in Indonesia is generally tasty and often chilli hot. Food in Sulawesi is no exception, the difference being that it features lots of fish and a local beef casserole dish called Coto. The chillies can be avoided if they don’t agree with you. Outside of Makassar the variety of food is limited because there are no cold storage facilities available and most people eat at home rather than ‘out’. Along the way we will come across (usually) young women and girls at fruit stalls selling fruits in season, such as mangoes, watermelons, rambutans and durian. Bottled water is available in most places. And most regions have their village cake specialities. On the trip there will be an effort to provide modified standard Indonesian food. There will be no attempt to provide Western food because besides being hard to get, outside of Makassar, the expectation is that the trip will attract people who want to experience Indonesian life ‘as it is’.


ALCOHOL
In some of the places that we pass through, for religious reasons, alcohol may not be easy to purchase.


CYCLE AND REST DAYS
We’ve planned an 9 day trip through the culture and countryside of South South Sulawesi. We plan 6 cycle days, one full rest day on the beach at Bira and an easy day in the cool Malino Highlands. The remaining day will be spent in Makassar on pre-trip organization, preparation and orientation.


YOGA
Daily led yoga sessions will be provided in the late afternoons, before dinner. Those interested should bring yoga mats and belts.


SWIMMING
Swimming will be available on 7 of the 8 mights. Pool and ocean swimming in Makassar. Pool swimming in Malino. Beach swimming at Bira and Jeneponto.


ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation will range from a four star modern hotel in Makassar to traditional wooden stilted beach cottages in Bira, to a colonial hotel in Malino and a commercial travellers’ guesthouse in Sinjai. Accommodation will generally be ‘twin share’ meaning two single beds per room. In some places for an extra charge, it will be possible for participants to book single rooms or rooms with double beds. In some places only double beds are available. Rooming allocations will be done on a rotational and sensitive basis for same gender ‘singles’.


BEDDING EQUIPMENT
Riders should bring mosquito repellent, mosquito nets and sleeping sheets, just in case.


SUPPORT VEHICLES
If the group size exceeds 11 we plan to use two support vehicles with drivers who have some facility with English, plus a cycle mechanic who will provide technical support throughout. The vehicles will be for luggage and spells ONLY for those who really need them.


GROUP SIZE
We’re planning on a group of 16 cyclists hopefully from all over the world.


BIKES AND SPARES
Bring your own bike and own spare parts. It does not matter what brand, shape or size it is. The important thing is that it is comfortable for YOU and it’ll last the distance. We will not be supplying bikes. Bike Friday (BF) is featured in this website because I ride one and Lynette from BF has been most supportive in the development of this site.


SUPPORT STAFF
We will provide a bike mechanic (Pak Yanto) and a logistics manager (Mbak Inong).


6 DAY TOUR OPTION
A 6 day option is available. The itinerary for this option is the same as that for the 9 day tour with the difference that people taking this option will cycle 4 days and return to Makassar on Day 6.


SAFETY AND SECURITY
We will be obtaining approval from the Indonesian police authorities to hold this event. In case of any emergency the support vehicles will be available for rapid transport to Makassar. You will be asked to provide evidence of travel and medical insurance.

At any point in the trip we should not be more than 1-2 hours from medical assistance. The Indonesian ministries for Police and Tourism will be informed of this trip before it begins and reports will be made to local police authorities as it develops.

We will be bringing a well stocked first aid kit.


WHAT TO BRING LIST (WTBL)
We will provide you with a WTBL in the months before departure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
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OTHER RIDERS
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SITE LAST UPDATED: 13 October 2009

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