After a somewhat creative breakfast at our hotel in Kefa (egg on toast with jam), we were ready to hit the road one more time on Timor. While we were loading up the bike, we were approached by a young Indonesian who turned out to be Stef Ndun from the island of Rote. He seems to have a knack for collecting overlanders in Kefa and is aspiring to join us on the road one day. I wish him all the best and would hope that he manages to get out there himself one day. It is about time that we see more travelers of non-European decent.
The road was good to excellent for most of the way and traffic was very light until mid-morning. Because we want to try and catch the ferry to Flores on Sunday, we decide against major detours and headed pretty much directly to Kupang. Around 11 am, coming down from another lovely mountain town on a limestone cliff (Soe), it started getting seriously hot. It is the end of the dry and everything is brown, heating up fast and there is little shade most of the way.
At 1 pm we have made it to a recommended Hotel in Kupang, desperate to get out of our gear and get some food into us. Once again we failed with regards to our spending discipline, going for a double with AC over a twin with a fan for $5 NZ more. Somehow it is harder to keep strong if everything is so comparatively cheap anyway.
On the other hand, cost for food really have plummeted. For lunch we went to a warung recommended by the Lonely Planet guide and spend 42000 IDR, or about $4.50 NZ for the two of us including drinks.
The afternoon was spend hogging the hotel WiFi – all in style with some afternoon tea free of charge. We have really been craving some youtube lately and got our fix. Needs must.
Dinner was another great experience: We went to our first night market. These kinds of open air temporary food courts are popular all across south east Asia. The local version had loads and loads of fish, barbecued to order over eucalyptus wood fires. For some reason, I felt more like satay skewers myself today, also barbecued to order and utterly delicious. After some small sardine found its unfortunate way into Nina’s dish, she luckily found consolation in the desserts provided by another cart.