Border crossing at Entikong

We were given only cursory attention on the Malaysian side and our passports were not even stamped.

Nor was anything done with the carnet

A hundred meters further on at Entikong, all of the usual international protocol applies.

We were directed to take the bike off to tone side, after which I expected we’d proceed past one of the booths and get our documents stamped. After 15 minutes of waiting, it became clear that wasn’t going to happen.

Wed actually just been told to park the bike, but it was away from the normal entry.

1. Go to visa payment window on the right. Pay in RM, IDR or USD.

2. Proceed to customs window. They sent us into a separate processing room, where we were given the immigration form and sent back out to complete it.

3. Submit completed form, get visa.

4. Put hand luggage / backpacks through scanner.

4. Reverse bike back out into main route and wheel it through to police checkpoint. Answer questions about destination and purpose.

5. Wheel the bike a short distance to army checkpoint, more questions.

6. Army asked us about carnet, then we had to produce bike documents and to back into customs to get them processed. This was complicated because the carnet had not been completed properly at previous border crossing.

7. Back to army checkpoint with completed documents, then finished.

Total time: 1 hour. It could be done in half that time if I’d known what to do.


Tayam to Nagyar Tayap

4:00, 189 km

This may the best road I have ridden in Borneo. No mud, no holes, no unexpected gravel as you round a corner. And hardly any trucks. Actually not much traffic of any kind.

Just follow the white line.

The hardest part is figuring out where to go after you get off the ferry. It’s. Turn left, 100 m, then turn right, then follow the white lines all the way.

Pontianak to Tayam

1:50, 108 km

Most of this route is backtracking out of Pontianak to the Tayam turn.

The only route at Tayam is to put the bike on a very small ferry. Refer to the GPS track ad the entrance to the ferry is not obvious. You have ride down a narrow bike-only path between houses.

Refer to separate post about the ferry.

Loss of odo – reason

This morning when lubing the chain I noticed a possible reason for the loss odometer and trip computer.

The cable running to the rear wheel sensor had been crushed. There was a corresponding dent in the swing arm. This weird because its on top of the swing arm – how could that get such a hard knock, especially with the luggage fitted?

Anyway I made a quick and dirty repair, expecting that I’d be back in business with odo and trip computer. No luck. Still dead.

When the problem first arose, I assumed it would be the front speed sensor and I wiggled the cable. Remarkably, it did work for about another 20 km.

So maybe I have a failure in both speed sensors?

Entikong to Pontianak

4:15, 285 km

I don’t recall seeming any Pertamina, so fill up in the Malaysian side with prmium fuel.

This route is effectively signposted and is pretty easy. Turn left at Sosok, and right before Tayam.

Road from the Tayam turn is mostly OK and has some fun curves towards Pontianak. However the first Hal has some nasty patches of mud.

I saw three trucks bogged up to the axles.

I was bordering on panic at the first bog hole because all the oncoming trucks had left only enough space for a scooter to pass. This is common. An Adv bike with luggage is a lot wider than a scooter! And this on mud – centimeters of clearance.

Lucky this mud is not the slippery greasy kind.

Traffic crossing the bridge at Pontianak is very heavy. And don’t think you can weasel through it – every centimeter has already been occupied by a scooter.

If possible travel into the city in the afternoon and out in the morning, it will make a big difference. But watch out for impatient 4WDs and trucks trying to drive in the wrong side.

Not enough testing

The penny dropped yesterday: the USB power supply on my bike does not have enough juice to keep my phone going continuously. It is proper motorcycle unit, but obviously not a very good one.

This has caused me to lose a lot of GPS tracks and to get lost a few times.

I will modify it when I get home, but its a problem right now.

I need to find out the operating current of the Lumia 920 phone and make sure the USB power supply can provide that and a bit more, so i can recharge the battery and used the GPS apps at the same time.

No ABS, when I really needed it

Two days ago on the way to Bintulu, I got a real soaking. The ride was two hours and more than half of it was in the rain. Some if it was the “real deal” – afternoon tropical downpour.

My luggage was getting transported in Brad’s Hilux do I was riding light. I’d follow cars when I could find one travelling at a suitable speed. I don’t consider 35 km/h suitable, so I still needed to overtake some cars.

After the worst of the rain, I was following in a car’s wheel track and I saw it go through a big splash. Naturally I slowed down in advance I was on a corner so I was easy on the brakes. But not easy enough…the bike started sliding.

That was a total white-knuckle experience. It turned out OK, but it certainly focused my thoughts for a few seconds.

It is precisely for that situation I paid extra for ABS. If only it was working…