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Climb Mt Bromo at midnight & 3rd class train trip

Mt. Bromo - didn't sleep - Sunday 1/12/78 - cloudy & muggy

Tonight we didn’t go to sleep. At midnight a colt we had hired came around and after a few hassles about who was going we set off for Mt. Bromo. I dozed on and off for maybe an hour. We arrived at the village of Megasari after getting lost a few times at 2.15 am. After registering at the police office and paying 50 rp we set off on our 6 km walk. It was cold but after walking I soon discarded my jumper. The first 3 km took us ¾ hour and was uphill all the way along these cobblestone streets. I have never walked anything like it. It was so tiring. We could have hired a horse but didn’t. We eventually reached the hotel. We were the first there and after lighting the lamps we had hot chocolate. We sat there until 4.30 and then climbed a little hill and sat to watch the sunrise. There must have been as many as 50 people there. The sunrise was absolutely spectacular even though we were freezing cold. It is 7000 feet high. The sun comes up over the mountains with the most beautiful hue of colours. First it was brilliant pink, orange, red then yellow. It really was marvellous. After watching the sun rise for about an hour we set off on the next 3 km to all the volcanoes and Mt. Bromo itself. As we were on the outer caldera we began the descent to this huge flat plain.

It was magnificent scenery. This huge plain of volcanic dust and sand and the volcanoes sitting in the middle. Half way down Brad hired a horse for 1000 rp so we took turns on it. After crossing the plain we began a pretty steep ascent up to the volcano. The last 100 ft of the climb consisted of 248 stairs which nearly killed us. We were now standing on the edge of the volcano looking inside where there was a big hole with smoke coming out. The volcano really stank because of the sulphur. There was a great view from the rim of the volcano. At about 6.30 we started our 6 km walk back to Megasari. I was lucky because I rode the horse all the way while Brad led it. It was a pretty walk as it had been dark on the way up.

Megasari would have to be the prettiest village I saw. It was on a steep slope with cobblestone streets and nice little houses. The cultivation was very intense, with crops growing on near vertical slopes. We then got in the colt and started to drive to Surabaya. I slept for a couple of hours and the rest of the drive looked on in horror. The driver was a maniac. When we got back to the Bamboo Den I had a shower and then we went to the station.

The only train we could get was third class at 1 pm. We decided we would go to Solo instead of Jogya. The train ride was a memorable nightmare of a journey. For 5 hours Brad, Sally and I sat on the bags between 2 carriages while Peter, Les & Tony were in the dining car. It was like a cattle car as there were so many people. There were so many people at every station. We’d say no more could possibly fit in but 10 more would hop in. After this trip we were quite exhausted when we arrived in Solo. We caught a becak to the Hotel Central and went to sleep without any dinner.

Third class train trip

Third class train trip


Mt Bromo

Mt Bromo


Mt Bromo

Mt Bromo


Brad at Mt Bromo

Brad at Mt Bromo


Horse ride back from Mt Bromo

Horse ride back from Mt Bromo


Making our way back from Mt Bromo

Making our way back from Mt Bromo

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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