Do you want any leeches for that?
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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We started back on our second day of trekking in the same manner as yesterday but even tougher. The very steep ravine that we had come down in to to camp now had to be scaled. I found it really hard and gulped back so much boiled river water getting up there. We walked for about an hour then stopped for a fruit stop where more passion fruits, bananas and watermelon were served for us. Then we continued over more difficult ground that we had to basically rock climb using tree roots for hand holds. Andrew managed somehow to get a leech on his stomach which I thought was huge and it left a nasty little sore when it was pulled off.
We had noodles for lunch by a river clearing then we were off again where the group split and those who were trekking for 3 days continued without us and we made off in the direction of the river. More treacherous ground to cover hanging on to vines as we tried to keep upright on our way down steep ground. Finally we got to the river where we quickly changed in to our swimming stuff ready for the culmination of the trek – the tubing. Today’s tubing was different to yesterdays as this time we were all strung together on 4 tubes. So six of us went down the river together and it was such a relaxing and refreshing way to finish the trek we were all so relieved to get in to the cool water and soothe our aching legs.
When we got back to the hostel we all had a quick lunch before getting changed and climbing aboard the mini bus that Thomas had kindly arranged for us to take us back to Medan so we could catch our early morning flights the next day. The bus was in pretty bad shape, all of the vinyl on the seats was totally ripped up and the windows had to be forced to get them open which we needed desperately as we were sat on top of the engine and there was no air conditioning
The trip to Medan was hairy to say the least and Ewa and Graeme at more than one point were screaming for him to slow down. We were made aware that the pair of them didn’t exactly know where they were going especially when we stopped at the side of the road to an apparent stranger to ask directions, this also turned out to be another brother. This was getting hilarious. Medan appeared dirty, smoggy, overpopulated and basically horrible on the outskirts but as we got nearer what we guess was the centre near the huge mosque, which was beautiful, it was a lot nicer. As we got to the same mosque we realised that we were in the right area so breathed a little easier the nightmare was nearly over. Then as we started to draw away from a set of traffic lights the engine failed and we just all looked at each other and thought that you couldn’t make this kind of thing up. The guy in the passenger seat got out to push and after a few attempts we got going again. Shortly after that the door at the side of me suddenly flew open and a man in a crash helmet jumped in to the van and on to the seat beside me, I was scared half to death but then just fell apart when the passenger seat brother announced this new arrival as another brother!
We arrived at the Angel Hostel in Medan and took the first room we could get, a cell for 50,000 Rupiah again Ewa and Graeme took a nicer option next door. We all went out to dinner at a nearby food court as a final goodbye and a great end to a fab couple of days, they even insisted on picking up the tab, we really must be starting to look like proper paupers, maybe it’s because the beard is back. Still, thanks guys it really was a lovely gesture and we hope you enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in Bali and beyond. Keep in touch!