Ride report – Samosir Island, Indonesia

 

 

 

In March of 2013, Stevadoo (who was living in Jakarta, Indonesia at the time) took a trip to Lake Toba.  Moto content:  He rented a scooter there so here is the trip report.

Lake Toba is in Sumatra, it’s the donut-shaped lake just above the words “North Sumatra” in this map.  It’s known for beautiful clear water and great scenery.

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Here’s a close-up of the lake.  We stayed on Samosir Island in the middle of the lake at the area called Ambarita.  The ride took us to the south and then up the mountain in the middle of Samosir.

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Here is an aerial view.  The ride started at the central top of this map and continued south while climbing the ridge.

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Mrs. Stevadoo came and seemed to like the trip.

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A ferry dock.

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The village market.

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In the foreground is our trusty steed, a 125 cc something-or-other.  It was adequate.  But the picture shows a warung or combination market / cafe sitting on the top of the mountain.  Great views!

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The roads were ok but at times you had to watch out for the rutted edges.

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The further up you went, the more the roads were washed out.

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By the way, this was our hotel.

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Here are some traditional houses we saw.

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And the mountain we climbed.

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It was beautiful.  You should go.

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