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23 – Devouring Chicken in Langsa, Pangkalan Brandan, and Medan

August 26, 2018 – 8:32 am
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Thursday August 26, 2018
5:00 a.m. Room 102, Khalifah Hotel
Idirayeuk, Aceh, Sumatra
The plan is to ride down the road to the town of Langsa today. It’s not terribly far to Langsa, and there appear to be a variety of hotels there, so I wasn’t anticipating a difficult day. However, I’ve woken up to the sound of rain. If it were heavy rain, I might have just …

22 – Fishing Harbour in Idirayeuk

August 22, 2018 – 10:01 pm
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Wednesday August 22, 2018
5:00 a.m. Room 102, Khalifah Hotel
Idirayeuk, Aceh, Sumatra
(250,00 rupiah/$16.50 US a night – expensive; air conditioning; private bathroom; TV; nice bed; but the room is old and cramped and crowded)
When I left from Lhokseumawe, I had two possible outcomes for the day. One was to ride around sixty kilometers and find a hotel in a random town along the way way. The …

21 – The Road to Lhokseumawe

August 20, 2018 – 6:45 pm
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Monday, August 20, 2018
7:00 a.m. Room 10, Wisma Pase
Lhokseumawe, Sumatra
(170,000 rupiah/$11 US per night; big room; big bed; furniture; TV; air conditioning; nice bathroom; clean; modern; quiet; fast WiFi and strong cell phone reception)
From the time being seven in the morning, it’s clear that I am staying in Lhokseumawe today. I had a fair amount of trouble cycling the sixty-five kilometers to get here yesterday, …

20 – Stomping on Cockroaches

August 17, 2018 – 6:31 pm
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Friday August 17, 2018
7:15 a.m. Room 46, Hotel Fajar
Bireuen, Sumatra
I’ve definitely stayed in worse places than the Hotel Fajar. In fact, the hotel itself is really large and has a lot of facilities, such as seating in the lobby, tables and chairs outside, a parking area in the rear courtyard, water dispensers, and a drinks cooler. However, I opted for the cheapest room at 120,000 …

19 – No Bridge! Crossing the River by Raft

August 15, 2018 – 1:17 pm
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Wednesday August 15, 2018
6:30 a.m. Room 10, Kana Wisma
Meureudu, Aceh, Sumatra
Well, I’m afraid it is that time again, the time for a graphic account of being very ill. This has been a very bad one so far, but I also got a bit lucky. The lucky part is that I made it through the entire day of cycling and getting a hotel room and getting …

18 – Fixing My Bike and Other Gear in Sigli

August 13, 2018 – 11:55 am
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Monday August 13, 2019
6:30 a.m Ramshackle Room, Wisma Dian
Sigli, Sumatra
I was woken up by the call to prayer this morning at around five a.m. I felt like I should sleep longer, but I wasn’t able to. So I got up and went about my early morning routine. That involves taking down my mosquito net and setting it aside, plugging in my kettle for hot water, …

17 – The Coast Road and a Construction Camp

August 12, 2018 – 9:13 am
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Sunday August 12, 2018
6:20 a.m. Ramshackle Room up the stairs at the Wisma Dian
Sigli, Sumatra
(100,000 rupiah per night; big room, two single beds with hard wood frames and hard mats; junky table; plastic stool; no sheets or blankets but supplied towels; private bathroom with occasional water flow; very dirty)
The skies looked perfect when I woke up in Banda Aceh for my planned departure. The owners …

16 – Rain and More Rain in Banda Aceh

August 9, 2018 – 9:23 pm
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Thursday August 9, 2018
4:30 a.m. Griya Arida Hotel
Banda Aceh, Sumatra
The plan is to get back on my bike this morning and head out of town. I’m still drawn a little bit to the paradise tourist island of Pulau Weh, but unless I get a sudden irresistible urge, I don’t think I will be going there. But you never know.
I was just sitting here considering my …