Road Rallies and Moon Caves
Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
45Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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Up to catch the 8am bus to Miri. Affendi picked us up and took us and saw us to the right bus. Our first clue should have been the seats. Big, wide, cushy seats. Yeah this is nice. No windows that open on the bus but that is okay, we got air conditioning and the front seats with plenty of leg room. This going to be nice. Oh so how wrong we were. The second clue should have been the tools brought on board. The third the over abundance of luggage, we could not get our bags under the bus so had to take them on board. Still no problem, put them in front of us. Okay we head out about 30 mins late and pick up another family, they have 5 kids and twice as many boxes. There goes the leg room, one of the daughters sat with each of us. The one who sat with me curled up like a cat and went to sleep. We also had to go back to the garage, not sure for what but we finally get started. We head out on smooth roads. Until the right and turn onto road rally hell
Went to Niah Caves the next day, about an hour ride in a bumpy mini van with Luke our man vs. wild guide. We get to the park and his parting words were don't take a swim because of the salties, get some water and go that a way. 3 other backpackers from our hostel went with us. We went in as a group since it was cheaper. We were told you had to take a boat across the river for one ringget. We get to the river and get on the boat and he takes us about 20 feet across the river. If you were an Olympic long jumper you could have jumped across. I think with a running start most people would make it. We It was a pretty nice walk until we got to the traders cave and had to start climbing, the rest of the trip once we entered the caves was either in the dark, on slick planks or stairs, or all three. Traveling thru the caves was fun and there were bats in the cave just hanging around, they looked like little pigs. We made it thru the main caves and hiked up to the painted cave, which was a bit disappointed because they had the area fenced off and you could barely see the paintings. It was made up for when one of the other hikers saw a flying squirrel fly into the cave, we were able to locate him in the upper part of the cave and it after that it was a stare down. 5 of us waiting for him to come out and him just staring down from his perch. To say the least we lost. Saw no more of him than his tail. We headed back thru the caves to the park entrance and saw a sign for longhouses, we had some time to kill so we headed to the longhouses, evidently not to many people use this patch, it was all on planks and they were sections missing and trees across the planks
After getting cleaned up we took a taxi to a place Jessie seen on the way back from the caves, the Banana Leaf Rice, restaurant and café for Indian food. I had the mutton which the waitress said was world famous. It was good but im not sure about the world famous part. This was my first meal I ate with my hands and it takes just as long with hands as with a fork. After dinner we waddled back to the hostel and watched Jessie's movie Entrapment finally. .