Road to Pangandaran

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 17, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I suppose that I have better get use to an Indonesian style breakfast without my western style cereal or porridge, whole grain toast with avocado and settle for some fresh fruit, fried rice and noodles, spicy vegetables, white toast and jam plus an inferior coffee / tea selection.

Piled into 2 vans with plenty of room for all and we were away just 10 minutes after the appointed 7.30 am departure time bound for Pangandaran some 6 or so hours away.

I was surprised that we only covered some 230 kilometres today which took us about 7 hours driving time.

The traffic today was not as bad as Jakarta but still horrendously heavy. However I have observed since I have been here in Indonesia that:
- the drivers are courteous.
- they let other road users in.
- don’t use their horns like some other Asian countries.
- not always obey the traffic lights and drive oh so close to each other that I am surprised that I have not seen crashes.
- plus the vehicles are so clean.

Then there are the guys at the minor intersections or in parking areas who with either their red flag or more likely whistles stop the other vehicles on the road to let you out. Of course in exchange for a coin / note or two.

Besides the young children / babies and their smiling faces, it is so far the rice paddy fields that have caught my eye. I would love to stop and do a photographic study with the reflections between the rows.

An hour’s break for a buffet lunch at 11 am where you select what you want to eat, then pay accordingly for the type and amount of food. Mine including a sweet tea came to 41,000 Rp (just over NZ $5 or US $4).

The road was good, windy towards the end and I’m glad that I was up the front. Taking photos was a real challenge:
- their was a crack across the windscreen directly in front of me.
- the front windscreen had two bands of tinted glass so my field was limited opr else I would have this grey strip in my photo.
 - the side windows were also tinted.
- there was reflection galore.
- the road was lined with trees so to find a gap between the trees to take the photo was the challenge.
- the van was always on the move and most of the time the road was winding.
- to make things even worst, the sun was either in front of me or to my left so I was looking into the sun.
- vehicles are like at home are right hand drive and I was sitting up front in the front passengers seat.

Considering all of the above, I am very pleased with today’s photographic efforts. Hope you agree and especially with my "shot of the day".
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