Sunday, April 30, 2017

Motocross (Off-road riding) in Bintan with BACmotocross!

As the title suggests, we brought our love for off-road riding to Bintan! Having said that, just like how beer-lovers will never stop at one beer, we will not stop at one trail! One trail, one country at a time :')

Day 1 - On-route from SG-Bintan (Free & Easy)

It definitely wasn't the easiest to travel on a Public Holiday weekend, but it was one of the most affordable and best PH I've ever spent out of Singapore. It wasn't god-like pricey like the air-tickets, out to target people that reaalllyyyy needed a getaway. We needed one too, on a quaint little pretty island. There we were, embarked on a 2-hour ferry ride to Indonesia!

We stayed in Bintan Hotel Nirwana which was recommended by our lovely BACmotocross host, Harry! It was clean, spacious and definitely better that what we've expected. It is near good food, helmet stores, night markets, 24h supermarket for all our indomee cravings, and 150,000IDR (~15 SGD) massage for 2 hours. Whatttt?!

Most importantly, Harry was very accommodating with our requests. He've helped to oversee the booking of our hotel, the pickup from the ferry to the hotel, as well as the guides on ride-day! Thank you Harry (if you see this!)

We walked on 200m out of the hotel to a recommended seafood dinner place, Bakar Bakar by the locals. It was surprisingly yummy and cheap! You get to pick your own fresh catch, and for the amount we've ordered... It only made out to 7SGD per pax. Definitely recommended for those that are staying in Tanjung Pinang!

Day 2 - Off-road riding along Tanjung Pinang with Bintan Adventure Club!

Breakfast was served in the hotel, for the price we paid per person per night inclusive of a breakfast spread (coffee, eggs, protein, carbs included), it was so worthy! We got picked up by our driver to their workshop, just slightly less than a 100m down the road - Literally a stone throw away to the 24h supermart! Put on our gears and off we went!

Our guides helped to dismount the bikes from the lorry to our starting point at some end of the island -- They made it look so effortless, fast and easy. It wasn't a wee bit light at all, at least for me when I fell, I struggled to pick up the bike especially when I was caught in the mud! Caught some parts of the ride with my camera while we were taking a short break, let your eyes feast on our journey :) Some videos which we've captured showed our entire trail and views that we saw.

Our Xiaoyi battery did not last though. Lesson learnt for such outdoor adventures in future - prep extra charged batteries and SD cards for storage!

Our guides were amazing. They are experienced guides that will help us along the way, especially when I've fallen countless of times (trying to pick my bike up or trying to help me while I break the fall) -- Thank you!! Also for capturing some of us riding in action, or we might not have such beautiful memories :)

Key here is to have experienced and patient guides that are willing to guide you and follow you throughout the entire ride time. We spent a total of 10 hours out in the sun together, battling the heat through the full gears and soaking up the magnificent views of Tanjung Pinang island. They also brought us to trails gauging on our ability to ride. Thank you for trying to bring us to these places, knowing that we've missed the beach because of a stuck chain and sprocket, till next time! We will be back sooner than we know!

The biggest shout out to love, that rode along side with me, if not behind, watching my back and watching out for me (during the trails and off the trails). To your never-ending nagging like "down gear, go up this slope use gear 1!" and the constant "can you slow down?! can you brake?!" -- Thank you for being that guardian angel that nobody else would be. And it's a dream come true to ever ride beside you, not once as your pillion because I knew one day I could do it. This day, and forever more.

To us, and to us being safe on the roads and beyond.

All in all, it was a very memorable 3D2N Bintan Tanjung Pinang stay. It was definitely my first visit to Bintan and it has wowed me with the sights, people, view and ever more. Definitely not the last! Feel free to drop me a message if you'd like to know more on our experiences, I'd be glad to help!


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