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Continuing my ride on the island of Flores, from Riung I cross a series of mountains as I travel south. I was expecting the road to be ok as this route was suggested to me however that is not the case. The road is about 40% acceptable tar and 60% very poor surface. However it is scenic and a pleasant day so no complaints.

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Once back to Bajawa I returned to the southern route I rode over from Labuan Bajo on and back to the superb corners and good hotmix surface. It is a fantastic descent from here to the coast, 100’s of corners and great views. Whilst riding along this path down to a church caught my eye so I decided to turn back and take a look. I rode down and found this nice view at the rear so sat there awhile with my favourite type of lunch break a picnic, however in this case best I could arrange was a couple of bread rolls and a guava juice. Simple is ok for me, I felt at ease here.

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You might be able to make out the mountains in the distance and that is where I was staying tonight. Another fantastic set of curves to get there which I just managed to finish before an afternoon rain storm. Perfect timing!

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I stayed in a total dump last night with only cold shower and bare bed, no choice, but Ruteng is a large town with good hotels so am in comfort with a nice restaurant. I have marked the bad road in blue. There are a number of mountain villages with traditional houses still in use. I set off in the morning to visit one. The road was being repaired and just as well, the final section of road was the worst I have encountered here so far. Sorry no photos of that bit came out but like riding over a bed of those large stones on right of photo.

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Todo village however was nice view. I enjoyed a nice ride back to Labuan Bajo with a series of friendly encounters. Stopped for lunch and the restaurant owner runs off an brings back a menu with Google translated to English for me. Quite a few trucks loaded with people, these guys were offering me a beer. And all the roof riders saying hello too.

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The temperature soars as I drop down towards Labuan Bajo so I stop to keep my fluids up and as before soon as I say hello people want to talk and take selfies. The people of Flores are far and away the friendliest I have met in the world. What a great experience riding here was. If you are interested to ride here then I suggest you plan to come sooner rather than later.

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The main southern road is in good condition for the most part but where it is damaged there is no repairs so in a few years it may not be the great surface it is now. Also as more tourists arrive seeing them won’t be a novelty for locals as it is now so come ride here soon to have the movie star treatment. Sorry no photos of the lizards, fate decided I wasn’t going on any boat cruise as I got food poisoning at the end of the trip which while unfortunate at least it did not happen during the ride.

Hopefully I have some wi-fi soon to post this. As always, thanks for reading.

(You might like my ride in Northern Sumatra)

PART TWO

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  1. "Test"
    I've been posting but nothing seems to stick.
    P.S. great write up.

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