This is a replay of the trip we had on the 9th of February (see below...). This time we're slightly better prepared, got all the food and the gasoline enough for all the people and cars for at least 2 days. And..... 2 days indeed :-). We left on Saturday morning, and didn't come back until Sunday afternoon. Quite a long off road trip, with light to moderate, then hard and finally unpassable track. Seven cars & 14 people were involved, 4 TLC FJ40, 2 Suzuki Sierra, and 1 Suzuki Escudo (4WD). At the beginning, the track is quite modest, we’ve been there and conquered it (on the 9th of Feb). But when we reach the new area, we go a bit slower, more careful, and took wrong turn here and there. The aim is still the same, we were trying to find a passage way used by an oil company about 10 years ago to go to one of their rig site. Off course now everything is covered by trees. Lucky enough, the oil company left a trace by planting a unique tree along the path (we call it Akasia tree in Indonesia, don’t know the name in English…). But through out the years, this tree now can be found scattered around the track, makes it a bit difficult to find out which way is correct. Around 19:00, we reached an obstacle almost impossible to passed. After 5 or 6 broken wooden bridges (yep we do the hard work of re-building them, enough for our vehicles to pass through), the track in front of us had been washed out (by water) creating around 3 meter deep hole and around 2-3 meter wide for about 30-50 meter long. We almost gave up, until we find out a way to pass through it by climb up the hill on the left side and run over (and cut) some dead trees (most of them were burned during the big forest fire last year). So off we go, wasn’t easy, but we finally passed it around midnight. Then one of the FJ had problems with the brakes or axle or locker, not sure that time. So we stopped for a while and try to fix it, but later on seems it is OK, then continue. All of us were exhausted by 3 AM in the morning. So we camped out for the night (errr morning actually..:-) in the forest. Nobody had the strength to build a tent. Just SLEEEP !! Some of us slept on the road under the stars and the bright moonlight. I prefer the tiny cabin of my Sierra, not fancy of seeing snakes and its friends play around my feet…brrrr.
In the morning after praying and breakfast, we’re in shock to know that around 150m in front of us there is a BIG HOLE in the ground, looks like a big meteorite had strucked the earth! Well of course not, it’s another landslide, but BIGGER! Whats left was a 25m deep hole with 10 to 50 m wide and length. I cannot even see the end of it!
There is no way we can go over this one. Jeeez, its actually only about 750m more and we might see the nice big river, and around 5km from there is the big asphalt road (according to our GPS). But now the hope is gone, no choice, we have to come back…. Defeated once more…:-(.