From Pontianak to the next hotel destination, it is about 750 km, calculate 8-10 days to reach there.
Route planning is no problem, it is in princip only a single road to Sampit, if you do not want to find all the small gravel roads.
First 50 km is quite easy cycling and very flat. Then I have to fight on like a bad guy, no long slopes, but very many and steep. During a forenoon I counted that there was a slope up every km and of course also downwards. To this, the weather, it is very warm and also very humid.
On the third day of my cycle route to Sampit, I have to ask for a ride. A truckdriver that will pick up palm oil fruits will be my rescue. I ride with him to 25 km from Baru.
From Baru the landscape has changed and it is more flat and from here I take myself to Sampit by cycling.
On the outskirts of Baru I had a fun an amazing meeting. A French girl, Blondie ,has with hers kick scooter,model larger cycled all the way from France and her goal is like my own Balikpapan.
Has difficulty understanding which outstanding performance she has done and also alone.
The landscape has for the first few days been hilly, green but also very much oilpalm plantations.
The rain forest is everywhere and it is dense. Unfortunately, I also see how the rain forest is destroyed to create new oil palm plantations. Wetlands are dried out and then the ground is burned.
This means that the animals that lives here, Orangutans, do not have anywhere to obtain food. and their habitat is destroyed forever.
Too many of the orangutans die, others, especially the kids are caught and sold as pets. For me a cruel and unworthy handling.
I arrive at Sampit the seventh of March and book two nights at a fresh hotel on the of town.
Two days of rest, laundry of dirty clothes, shower and preparation for next hotel destination, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) Nyaru Menteng.
See Yeah Later
The Global Cyclist