In chapter one of this story I mentioned how we ended up deciding going to Mount Bromo, which wasn’t really our initial plan! How the adventure started and how my super scooter gave me a really good time!
With a decision made that I will not be able to reach Mount Bromo, and decided instead to head back from where I came. This wasn’t also an easy task, many things happened after that…
So there you go, Chapter II of the adventure to Mount Bromo!
There was no way we would reach Bromo on our own…so we decided we’d head back to the village. Worrying about that 15 minute descend we had and how will we be able to climb it again, we got a phone call from one of our friends asking where are we…a bit too late I’d say…so we told them we’re heading back to the village.
Driving back, we got stuck in the sand again, this time was the worst, with the whole wheels buried deep in the sand, you could leave the scooter and it won’t fall down! I had to dig around the wheels to be able to push it out again…Decided to walk and let my partner drive, but that too was impossible because her fingers were freezing.
What I didn’t mention was that it was really foggy…not the city type of fog, it was clouds, as seen from above the mountain…It was FREEZING!
So at this point, at around 3:30 am, another decision was made, and that was we are going to wait here until the sun rises, and then we’ll be able to properly see the tracks and follow them back to the village, and it will be a bit warmer too!
During our 3 hours and 30 minutes wait, there were no other motorbikes passing us by, just a couple of 4WD cars that we saw in the distance. Apparently this way is only done by cars at night, because it is “a bit hard” to do it with motorbikes in the dark…We chatted sometimes, and walked aimlessly back and forth to warm our bodies at sometimes…We both wished we didn’t have the scooter with us and we’d definitely be walking back to the village now!
Lost and Found
I don’t know what time it was, but there came a point when both of us were standing still, staring at the mountains that we could not see earlier, and watching the sun rise from behind them! It was a breathtaking view!
Later on I would learn that we were lost between Jantur Mountain (+2703m) and Kursi Mountain (+2581m), with the sun rising from behind Jantur Mountain.
And although it was not the clearest sun rise I’ve ever seen because of all the clouds we were standing in between, but it was definitely one of the happiest moments in my life. A moment of hope, a moment of warmth running into my spine; that I won’t freeze to death! I’ll find my way back!
We stayed there till almost 8 am enjoying the increasing warmth and the views…and just as we were thinking we should start moving before it gets too hot, some motorbikes passed us going in the direction of the village. And our guide was one of them!
He stopped and came to talk to us; luckily my partner is Indonesian so she could speak to him. He said he looked for us when he noticed we were missing but he couldn’t find us, and that was when he made one of the group call us and we said we were going back to the village.
We explained the problem with my scooter, and so he offered to take us to Bromo, but this time my partner would ride with him and I drive solo. Sounded perfect to me!
But that was still no piece of cake! Almost falling several times, and pushing the bike through thick sand, but at least now I was able to see where I’m going and look for places with thinner sand…
After about 40 minutes of driving through the sea of sand, we passed the active crater of Bromo, it is possible to get close, climb to the crater and walk around it. But neither me nor my partner were up for any hiking right now!
Bromo, Here I come!
A little longer in the sand and then we met asphalt! God how beautiful that smooth feeling was! But of course it won’t last for long! We started climbing up the mountain again, as steeply as ever, with traffic (yes traffic jams!) because of all the cars and motorbikes that were up the mountain and were now descending, and the road cannot possibly work for both directions. It is either too narrow or one side is awfully broken that a car or a motorbike cannot possible drive on it.
The climb was well over 40 minutes including lots of stops while waiting for the cars going down to pass by. It was well dangerous too! Sharp turns with the cliff too close to be safe! I tried my best to avoid looking down and kept driving on the safe side whenever possible.
A couple of hundred meters before the peak of the mountain, there is a left turn, with a road that is nice and smooth, going down again. That is the way that all motorbikes came through! And that is the way I shall take when going back!
Finally on the top, the views were really well worth all that trouble!
And honestly when I think of my trip to Bromo, now that it is all over, I am really glad that things happened the way they did! I did get a totally different side of the Bromo adventure than any of the other visitors!
Yes I did miss on the sunrise from above the mountain which is the main attraction that people go for, but I did get a beautiful sunrise somewhere else, I did get loads of adrenaline, which is a chemical that I am slightly addicted to, and I also got a better story to tell!
“Yes kids, I was lost in the desert for almost 4 hours, but I made it alive…” Sounds heroic doesn’t it?
When we re-met with our group that evening, they also had stories to tell! For instance, my favorite was that we were not the only that got lost! Another motorbike got lost, but only for a few minutes…And another motorbike had three accidents in a row, thankfully all of them were on the sand so no real injuries occurred to any of the passengers!
On a side note, I didn’t meet up with the other Mojokerto interns I was excited to meet up with above Bromo, of course I didn’t! I was on top of Bromo only with 3 other people at that time! While usually the view point has at least 300 people at sunrise time!
So have you ever been to Bromo before? How was your experience getting there? Did you ever get lost in the desert or in a place where you couldn’t see anything around you before? What happened next?