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Confusion on the Open Sea, Reflections on the Boatride

My I told you so moment...

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At breakfast today in Bali, we had time to reflect on the boatride yesterday. Steve said, "Mom, I think this is one of those times when it is okay to say I told you so." We had a good laugh as we remembered all the confusion of the boat ride from Gili Meno to Bali. boat-parkir.jpg Our buddy Robert, jack of all tourism trades on the island had assured us it was an hour and a half boat ride. Well, not quite. We knew we were off to a slow start as we waited almost an hour for it to arrive at Gili Meno in the hot sun with all our stuff. It had already picked up people at Gili Trawangan and at the beach we were informed that they had more than their allloted 20 people with tickets to get on. After our luggage was safely in the hull, we made a stop at Gii Air to pick up and drop off people which was in the opposite direction than Bali. (sort of the circle route) Our next stop was Lombok where at least 20 more people were standing on the dock waiting and it was a small dock, not much bigger than one would see at a cottage. There were already 2 other fast boats docked there so there wasn't anywhere for our boat. After some maneuvering, (many attempts back and forth), he was able to nudge (hit) the front end of the dock just enough to let people off from one corner of the bow. Next confusion ensued as the crew of 5 discovered that 2 people getting off did not have their backpacks. They kept taking a few backpacks out of the top of the bow hold hoping they were the right ones, but each time, the guys would nod "no" and they would do it again. Well, this went on for 20 minutes while everyone on the dock waited to board. Finally the bossman took charge and headed to the bow. The other one who took matters into his own hands was the guy who lost the backpack. He jumped back on board and with the crews help, he climbed into the hold and proceeded to take out all 30 or so peices of luggage until finally his and the other guys were the last ones out of the hold. Great relief was seen all around as they were afraid they had off loaded it at one of the other islands. The people on the dock were finally ready to load. Now we were packed in with surfboards, men, women, kids and babies for the trip across the Lombok Strait to Padang Bai in Bali. It was standing room only for a much longer than one and a half hour cruise. In trying to dock at Lombok, the boat had hit the dock so hard that they had actually broken the door and it wouldn't shut anymore so the water sloshed in the lower deck where people were sitting the whole way across the white capped sea. No one had the luxury of staying dry. When we arrived at Padang, our fearless captain on his walkie talkie again misjudged his sight on the dock and crashed it three times until we finally came to an approximate (good enough now everybody jump off kind of spot). Sea Marlin From Gili Meno to Bali Indonesia

Sea Marlin From Gili Meno to Bali Indonesia

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Posted by treknbrod 08:29

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