Lake Toba, Samosir
20.09.2011 - 20.09.2011
Today was one of those days when you get to the point that you want to do something, just to break the sequence of do nothing. For example, I’ve been here 1 night and one day, but all I’ve done is walk around Tuk Tuk, and did some laundry. So this morning I felt like being productive, in a touristy kind of way, and go see something; plus I need some exercise. So what did I do? I decided to rent a bicycle and take a ride to Ambarita and Simanindo. Ambarita is 2km outside of Tuk Tuk, and Simanindo is 16km. A pretty big goal for the day, a round – trip of 32km on a bike. I'm just too crazy!
I left at about 10:30 and began my pedaling escapade towards the Northeastern part of the island. I arrived to Ambarita in no time, stopping off for maybe 20 minutes to see the unexciting stone chairs, which were in use at the time of viewing.
The chairs were used for communal meetings, and passing judgement on criminals. In the third picture you see a block in the middle, which was used for head chopping.
There were also some traditional Batak Karo houses in the museum with some traditional motorbikes parked in front of them.
Then I was off again, this time a long journey was ahead of me. After pedaling and panting for 5 or 6km, I pulled over, because there was a hill that looked mighty interesting to climb. I don’t know, call it an “Indiana Jones” moment or something, I just wanted to climb that hill. Who knows, there might have been a long forgotten city just over the top and I would be the discoverer. On my way up the hill, there was a cow in the distance that wouldn't stop staring at me. It had this look on its grass - chewing face like, "What the hell are you doing? There's nothing up there but grass." Guess what? The cow was right, once at the top, all I found was more grass, lots of grass; and a very distant view of my bicycle at the bottom of the hill.
On my way back to the guesthouse I stopped along the side of the road to rest, because I was exhausted and still had 10km to go. As I was sitting there these kids came up and we tried to talk, but they decided that wasn't going anywhere, so they tried to steal my bike. I'm just kidding!
I ended up giving the one kid a ride up the hill, as he sat on the top of the frame.
As I got closer to Ambarita, I noticed an interesting plant growing in someone's yard, so I pulled over; I needed another break anyway. The plant turned out to be a cacao plant. This is what your chocolate looks like before you unwrap it.
I made it back to the guesthouse, but I was totally exhausted, and had to take a couple days off to recoup.