06/02/2013 – 333 days/28865 miles

I headed up through the Dieng Plateau, a beautiful and quiet area, not too far outside of Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta, and often just called Jogja).
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The name Dieng comes from Di Hyang, which translates to “Abode of the Gods.” There is a complex of Hindu temples on the Plateau, which are thought to be from around 600-700AD, and it is thought that originally there were up to 400 individual structures.
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Unfortunately, the temples seem to have been turned into too much of a tourist attraction (even moreso than your typical temple), and there were quite a few people out trying to make a buck…including the Teletubbies, Donald and Daisy Duck, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse…dumb…
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Not far outside Yogyakarta, I visited Borobudur, a Buddhist temple from the 9th century, and the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It was abandoned during the 14th century, as the people of Java converted to Islam.
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My next stop was just a quick night in Surakarta, also known as Solo.
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Solo would probably be a nice place to spend a few days, but unfortunately, I didn’t have the time. I only got to sample of small bit of the wonderful street food that you could find here.
While walking around the city, I found this massive tree
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this rather grim park
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a game of soccer in the street
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and this mini-carnival in another park
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which had some pedal-powered rides
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I have a small new issue with my bike…the left hand combination switch is starting to go out (much like when the right side completely quit in Malaysia and I couldn’t start my bike). At this point it isn’t that serious…the high beam, hazard light, and info button no longer function, but the ABS/traction control, suspension adjustment, turn signals, and horn all work…we’ll see if I can maybe pick up another free switch from a dealership along the way…

I’ve been feeling a bit sick on and off for the last week and a half or so. Tonight I told myself that if I still feel sick in the morning, I’m heading straight into the doctor to figure out what is wrong…fingers are cross that I either feel fine or at least find out that it’s nothing serious!

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