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miss mount Bromo whilst hitch hiking

swap shirts for a ride

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Wednesday 6th March.

Wander around Probolinggo and make it to bus station, next minibus in 2 or 3 hours which could mean anything. Entertain and am entertained by the old ladies at the food stalls. Buy a good cup of coffee “Kopi pakit tida gula” 100 rupiahs, and some cigarettes as I now intend to hitch the rest of the way. Leave their toothless company, they are astonished that anyone can drink Kopi without sugar.
 Walk out of town on the Ngadsari road and get a lift after half an hour with a lorry. Cram into the cab with 3 Javanese men. End up swapping shirts, I get the drivers mates shirt which is even more sour and grubby than mine. Get dropped off two hours later at a petrol station and lorry park. I think I have been travelling along the coast instead of inland, and have missed Bromo. Will have to rename it mount Disappointment. Decide to cut my losses and continue on to Bali. After about 1 hour chatting in the lorry park with the highly vulgar prostitutes get a lift with two Balinese on their lorry. Arrive Ketapang at dawn and wait a couple of hours for the big ferry. Have their sweet mung bean soup for breakfast. Get free trip on ferry to Gillimanuk by mid morning, stop there for lunch and siesta.

Posted by 1985 trip 12:00 Archived in Indonesia Tagged hitch_hike

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