Let’s recall what’s been going on with this event… The Java Overland already held a few events before, coincidently, i could join at its current event. Alright! We are now at Java Overland’s Scrutineering. The 80 series is just coming in. “They are using my car for Recce in this event. Presuming if my car could finish the trip, then all the others could too.” The car is a little damaged. Such as…The lower part on both side of front doors, the rear bumper…. hmmm…… a broken rearllight…. Well…let’s just check it out. We are at Wahyu Lamban’s workshop. They are doing a little repair on my car. They repair the spare tyre holder on the rear bumper. It’s broken and so the rear door can not be opened. They’re fixing it right away, so the car can be driven for tomorrow. A few JKs is being prepared for the moment. While the red one here is going to be used for the Overland. Let’s check out how they are working on the 80 series now. As you now, the rear bumper is damaged before coming to this workshop. We are fixing it now and so it’s ready for tomorrow. Take it easy man…The work is almost completed. I’ve been using an ordinary shockbreaker earlier… And now they equipped me with this nice one. # OME BP-51 It’s late afternoon now, What could be better than having cup of coffee at this time….? Let’s grab a cup of coffee guys. Let’s! “Yes, let’s grab some coffee people!” We are having coffee together. It’s easier using this tripod by the way… Wooowww… Hey, hold it on that side of the tripod (Men debating on how to hold the tripod properly & comfortably.) We are going to have a test ride on this car later today. FJ Cruiser! “The next day” To be honest, the purpose of me involving in this event is because i was amazed with images of the landscape on the first held event, and also because the route is not that extreme. So, i’ve made my final decision to join the group in this second event. And fortunately, I’ve brought my own car so I could drive for a little adventure and at the same time I’m having some refreshment. It’s been hectic seeing extreme offroad events that has been going nowadays. This time, Java Overland is exploring Yogyakarta, at Central Java. I actually have no idea what kind of terrain it is like here, because as far as I’m concern… Yogyakarta is only famous with tourists place like Malioboro, the Prambanan temple and so on. Well in fact….it’s not. The first day driving here pounds my heart already. Moreover, they haven’t informed me at all on how the track should look like. Thus, I brought my Land Cruiser here, that is to anticipate the terrain that i have no idea what it is like. The track is actually fun to drive. It tends to be more of a light terrain, although some of them use the winch, eventually. We are having early lunch now here. There is this man…… oooww… He is ‘The Owner’. He is the owner of
‘Fast n Low’. But there is also the Mastercraft! heey….sssh…keep it silent! Not Mastercraft.. 54 MetalCraft We are in between Group B and C…Aren’t we? Ah yes, it has a slippery kind of terrain. There is quite a large hole over there…and we have to carefully drive through it. Ok, our schedule today is to go to Klangon Hill It’s around 30 kilometers away from this point. Track condition ahead of us seems quite normal. We are currently having our lunch break until one o’clock, then we continue on our trip. We will be crossing river just ahead of us, with a rocky terrain, a bit muddy as well. The weather is a little cloudy now, but i think we are going to be just fine. After we had our lunch, we continue driving through that rocky terrain river. We are currently not in the rainy season, but when it comes to driving through this rocky terrain, it could be as challenging as driving in the muddy terrain. Our car could’ve been easily dented if we’re not careful enough driving through the rock. That night, we camp at Merapi. Unfortunately we could only see mount Merapi by tomorrow morning due to the thick fog at this time. It looks stunning! (Music by: Oasis – Stand by Me)
“Nobody knows, the way it’s gonna be” Afterwards… we continue driving right away onto the next route, and again…it has that rocky terrain and also lots of soil. I barely drive in such rocky terrain We don’t use the winch that often here. We need to drive with just the right amount of power and make the right movement in this condition. The car could get stuck over those rocks and damages on the car often happen because of hitting those rocks. Rather than damaging the car further, we eventually use the winch to get over difficult rocky terrain. We arrived by the river in the late afternoon, and we are driving through those human sized rocks! It’s quite an obstacle for me crossing the river.. its because my car is only equipped with size 33′ tryes, while the others use 35″ and 37″ tires. To make matters worse, there’s no Rock Slider in my car. So, I have to drive really careful to avoid rocks banging underneath my car. After moving out of the river… there is a rocky and uphill slope where most of us uses the winch. We arrived very late at night in our basecamp just by the beach. We just went straight to bed because we’re feeling exhausted. The day after, we start our day with a briefing from the leader, and drive onto the next route. We are distributing basic food to the locals at Wonogiri. We have in total of 155 packages of basic food, from us, Java Overland Yogyakarta Explorers… …are going to distribute those food to the locals Later in the late afternoon, we manage to arrive at Karang Bolong for anyone wishing to take pictures. We take a rest, while also waiting for the sunset. After that, we drive to the finish line, just by the border of the beach. We expect to arrive there in the evening, so we could have our barbeque night before we wrap all these up. Good evening. it’s 16:45 o’clock We’re at the finish location of Java Overland 2018 at Yogyakarta. We’re at a place called Karang Bolong Beach. We’re having a short transit here, then we drive on to basecamp 3, where they celebrate the finish of the event. The scenery is breathtaking here as you can also see there. It’s like those imaginary drawing on a canvas man! While we’re waiting for the sunset, everyone just gather and mingle. Not to forget those who prepare the fire for the coffee, Let’s have a coffee…It’s coffee time! Someone is cooking there, and they’re taking picures over there.