Updates from the road: The ASEAN Rickshaw Run
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Updates from the road: The ASEAN Rickshaw Run

Two weeks ago I profiled the ASEAN Rickshaw Run, an adventure involving the hair-raising process of getting a rickshaw from Jakarta to Bangkok through muddy swamps, scary mountain roads and crazy amounts of traffic.

Well the race got under way on October 16 and there have been plenty of live updates and photos to check out on the Adventurists’ website and associated Facebook pages since. From numerous breakdowns to run-ins with the police, friendly locals and all the adventure of life on the road these are often an entertaining read.

Here are a few snippets.

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Pic: The XCats

Asian Warriors
16/10/11
Dignitaries, A press conference and a PoliceĀ  escort through Jakarta – it was all going rather well. Then we broke down after 5km. Was a minor radiator issue and now back on the road, battling the traffic and heading for Merak port

So…?
16/10/11
‘I’m on a boat’ to Sumatra. Turns out driving in Indonesia is quite easy – there are no rules!

Iguana Cantabria
17/10/11
Good 12 hours on the road, 4 spent at mechanics. Bike is finally not overheating and spitting boiling water on the back seat. Hoping for few more km tomorrow, 200 today only about 4,000 to go!

Savillians
17/10/11
Day 1, 180kms, 3 breakdowns already, speedo doesn’t work. We’ve christened the steed “jungle pig”. Morale is good, spirits are high. Convoy parters machine “the Bagus (good) goose” is overheating constantly. Standard rickshaw run basically.

Sambal Sandwich
18/10/11
Got into Palembang past midnight yesterday, roads were horrible coming in and we had to do almost 5hrs of night driving. Luckily we stopped at a small town and got foglamps fitted with 100W bulbs…

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Pic: The XCats

The Adventurists
18/10/11
Loud pop. No forwardy forwardy. Time for a cup of tea.

The Adventurists
19/10/11
Popped a piston it seems. Smashed into 29 bits no less. They tell me it is related to the lack of compression and forward motion. I’m not convinced. Will have her up and running in a jiffy.

Savillians
20/10/11
Day 5, 328 long wet kms. A backpack takes flight from the roof but is recovered an hour and a half later. Clutchless bagus is repaired with truck parts and cable ties. Sadly kat’s phone is stolen but this creates an opportunity for a joyride in a police car.

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Pic: The XCats

Team CoolBeer
20/10/11
last night got arrested, Deer Hunter scene followed, prison, dug a tunnel got out and now we’re on the Road again. Old Kadaffi loves it!!

Sambal Sandwich
21/10/11
Barely made it in last night as a massive storm broke. Flipped the Rickshaw but everyone’s OK, needed some bodywork and we’re going to to try and get all our rattles tightened today. Its been painful and tiring, can’t wait to hit Medan… the people of Indonesia have been ridiculous warm and hospitable, offering us places to sleep and advice on how to stay safe on the road. It really warms my heart and keeps us going.

So…?
22/10/11
we’ve enlisted the help of an entire village. Crossed equator too

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Pic: Just Give team photos.

Asian Warriors
22/10/11
Arrived last night after 450km 11.5 hour drive. Drove through the ‘Gorilla’s in the Mist’ type mountains and then once more a coast road…

Sambal Sandwich
23/10/11
Engine finally gave way, think we blew a piston, no one in this small town could or was willing to fix us. A local policeman and his mates put us on a truck to Medan. It was a sad decision to make and we’re bummed about it but had no choice. Hopefully someone can fix us there. We are 5hrs away. KJ and I are still in the rickshaw on the truck, Anand’s beside the driver. Mood is sombre, spirits are low but we’ll try to not let this beat us.

Asian Warriors
23/10/11
0 km’s today and about 5 Bintangs so far. Watching the Rugby. Thankfully the prayer calls from the Mosque opposite, which somewhat drowned the commentary in the first half, has now stopped

Iguana Cantabria
23/10/11
arrived here on the back of a truck, blew engine about 40 km out. Dropped bike with ppl that say they’re gonna fix it and put on boat to Malaysia, we’ll see what happens when we go to pick it up on thursday…

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Pic: Just Give "Breakdown #2 - Spent the night at a mechanic's shed on the side of the road...had to sleep in the rickshaw"