Sumatera Island - Indonesia
12 day trip, 3451 Kilometers
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Sumatera makes up one of the 5 major islands of the Indonesian Archipelago, which consist of more than 17,000 islands. It’s situated on the western part of Indonesia with total land area of 473,481 km2. From July 1st – 11, some members of Trooper Nusantara set out to explore some parts of the island on a car which is renowned as being “as tough as truck yet comfortable as sedan”. Five Chevrolet Trooper 1st generation ranging from 1985 to 1991 models bravely roll on an unchartered road of southern to central part of Sumatera with the aim to strengthen the brotherhood of Trooper Nusantara members. The expedition was nicknamed TJS 2011, short for Trooper Nusantara Jelajah Sumatera 2011 (literally means Trooper Nusantara Sumatera Expedition 2011). By the way, Trooper Nusantara, affectionately called TrooNus, is a community of Trooper enthusiast based in Indonesia, membership is open to anybody who loves and owned Chevrolet Trooper.
In a quiet midnight of July 1st, 5 Troopers comprising of 20 persons ranging from 3 to 65 years of age departed from the outskirt of Tangerang on the western site of Jakarta going west to get to the ferry port of Merak in the eastern tip of Jawa to cross the Sunday strait to Sumatera. The ferry ride took almost 4 hours and we landed in the ferry port of Bakauheni of the Province of Lampung. We took the eastern coastal road as the condition is better. Apart from poor road condition, we also have to be aware of the unreliable supply of diesel and petrol along the road in most part of Sumatera. Hence, each Trooper has one or two Jerry can sitting on the roof rack filled with fuel for emergency need.
After a home cooked breakfast in a small restaurant in the outskirt of small town called Mataram, we rolled out to our first planned overnight stop in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatera Province, some 400 km north. It turned out that we had to spent the night in a losmen in Tulang Bawang, southern Lampung due to mechanical problem experienced by 2 cars, one with broken rear right hand axle and another with fuel pump. Yet as always, the spirit of togetherness is as strong as ever. The rest of the group patiently waiting for the cars to be fixed, just like the infamous Three Musketeers catch phrase “One for All and All for One”.
to be continue.......