I’d been sweating about the road back up the mountain ever since I came down it. There was a particular steep bend with powdery dust at the bottom, which was going to require a 90 degree turn in the middle of a loose, rocky gradient. Since I was still running stock gearing on the 690, I knew I’d have to be going relatively fast in first gear to get up the slope, but how I was going to pull off a 90 degree hillside pivot at that speed remained somewhat of a mystery.
Ah well. I was on an isolated beach opposite Jaco Island, right on the tip of Timor Leste, and there was only one road in and out. What had come down would have to go up again.