My husband has been thinking of a road trip to Java for the last couple of months. We have been delaying it due to our financial circumstances. This is our third road trip. We did our first road trip about 3 years ago, then the second one about a year ago. First trip was to Jawa Timur Park for 10 days and the second one was to Bali for 2 weeks. We enjoyed many stops also along the way. Meeting our friends along the cities where they live and mostly enjoy the local food.
Suddenly it just felt that it was a good time to go. After a few days’ consideration and arrangements, we finally decided to go on a very short road trip. We had to deliver 2 puppies to my parents in law in Sukabumi, a city 140 km or about 3 hours drive away from Jakarta. We always choose to go there as early as 3AM as the traffic is best at this time. We have to pass through some markets along the way and sometimes it can get quite jammed. If we go during daytime, it may reach up to 6 or even 11 hours! Such huge difference, so we always travel when it is still very dark.
So, we left to Sukabumi on Tuesday, 5 September 2016. We spent the day chatting, cooking, and just hanging around together. The kids had their last day with the puppies. We spent a night there and leave at the crack of dawn the next day starting our road trip.
6 September 2016 5.13AM
Leave Sukabumi. We choose this hour as suggested by Garth’s uncle that if we leave later, all the factory labors will already start to pile up the road and we would be stuck in jam. Thankfully we did, along the way we saw some factory labors entering the factory and starting to pile up and even cause some small traffic jams. It was also cool to see as the sky lights up from pitch dark to bright early morning. I always love the color of the sky during time changes like this and in the evening.
From Sukabumi we head towards Bandung, we passed a mountainous area where we saw some Campolay fruit. Very vibrant yellow in color and hanging in a bunch. We stopped and asked the seller what kind of fruit it was. We have never seen anything like it before. She offered us a piece to try. The taste and texture of the fruit is like a mixture between ciku or sapodilla and avocado. The seed is smooth like ciku’s seed but as big as durian seed. There was more than one seed in each fruit. It is sold in a bunch for 20,000 Rupiahs.
We stopped for lunch near Tasikmalaya eating Sate Maranggi. One of the best I have ever tasted.
We passed many paddy fields and I wished to have another slower pace trip where we can talk to the locals to learn more about farming. Some bridges also has such beautiful view.
We arrived to our 345 km journey from Sukabumi to Baturaden at 4PM.
First thing we did was to check out the hotel. We just picked one that looked the best. When we went to look for other hotels, it started raining, we decided to have an early dinner before checking in to any hotel. Pringsewu is a very famous restaurant with tons of small banners all along the roads in Java. We tried that restaurant and found the food is quite costly but the Pringsewu in Baturaden has such nice facilities and a very beautiful garden. It has a playground, a rabbit feeding area and a small oyster farm. The service was really good and friendly too. I like that they have like a homemade chicken soup that is suitable for my kids. The staff entertained us by a mini magic trick show with cards that I get to take home and balloon twisting.
After dinner we went directly to check in to the hotel. Honestly I was a bit disappointed at the quality of the room that we got, it was not as nice as the room showed previously. I had to just accept it as I thought of a room with a bath tub will entertain the kids for some “ensuite swimming”. We stayed at Puri Wisata Hotel, I chose Deluxe 1 type of room, the room cost 255,000 Rupiahs with a 10% membership discount. The membership is free, so I just made one not even knowing if I will ever come back again or not.
The kids had their fun time in the bath tub. Then we all slept early. The weather in Baturaden is just cool, not very cold. Probably about 20 degrees Celcius.
That sums up our first day road trip.
At this time when this post is written US$1 is approximately 13,000 Rupiahs.
I have been working on this post to publish from about two weeks ago. I actually planned to make this whole trip in one post, but the longer it gets, I just have to make it into 3 posts. Hope you all enjoy it!