It’s been a while since I last went for dune bashing. Fortunately I have with me, those addited-to-dune friends who is going for a dune trip every weekend. This night and morning dune trip was with one theme: “Porridge”. Literally means rice porridge that became our supper – thanks to Bro Angga our Qatar Airways pilot for the delicious Indonesian porridge. “Porridge” is also our term to mean very soft sand that can easily trap and make you stuck. We are not for side sloping or other extreme dune activities. “Let’s be safe, respect the desert, enjoy the night and sky and our warm and fun friendship”, said our marshall – Willy who without GPS know where to go in Inland Sea.
Thursday. 28 April 2011. 10pm. Sealine Beach Resort. A quiet, tranquil, a bit cold nigh was soon warmed with the arrival of our special supper – Hummer H2 chicken rice porridge.
Soon after our stomach was full, we departed, at around 11pm. It’s totally dark. No lights excepts ours. Slowly we were strolling the back of dunes, aiming for a soft part of the routes.
Driving in the dunes at night is not without risk and that’s why we were driving slowly. Unfortunately, our British prince – Land Rover LR3 – nose dived from unexpected shallow slope. A bit shaky thanks God no one hurt. But the British was overheat, bleeding, vomitting its radiator coolant.
Good thing was we have two LNG train mechanics – not sure how they are related :). Later in the morning our mechanics could fix the problem which was a non-rotating fan.
Then about few kilometers from our intended camping site, one of the car had its front tire out of place. This was normally due to low tire pressure and side driving.
When the morning break, we continue our trip. Passing several porridges, sliding down the steep dunes. Really a nice morning walk on the soft sand.
Ah, thank you brother for the trip. It can never be more memorable than making a trip with you. See you then. Be safe.