We'd had to delay our biking exploit by a day due to unfavourable weather and though Cam and Keith werent up to it anyway, another foray up to a readily apparent very high waterfall was scuppered by climes more akin to Scotland. Succumbing to apathy for the want of better options, I was saved in part by a knock on the door which turned out to be Viv, half of the Cornish duo I had spent time with at Bukit Lawang. Laurie had had a chance sighting of me and so it was great to meet up with them again later upon tackling a stroll around the 4K Tuk Tuk peninsula, finding something approaching true friendship in a later quest out to their posh and cheap as chips lakeside bungalow, before eating at a small but excellent restaurant staffed by young chicks doling out an impromptu serenade. The voices were so sweet it was a crime to have to interrupt them for tea. A heartfelt farewell to all then, with the local girls promising to come to my room to serenade me again, I wouldnt have put it past them, before a tricky traipse home on an unlit road to find my resort Bagus Bay similarly dark and dead at 10pm.
Next day I rose to find the clouds still unwilling to give up their uncharacteristic grip and so out of ideas, a day fell to waste just playing pool, chess and using terribly slow and expensive internet. I went back round to see Cisca, the sweetest girl in Toba who had fed me my lunch the day before and let me off with the promise of 1000 Rupiah in the absence of change. The 3 table shack was shut up though, and so I just left it with a neighbour, it was all I could do and that went for Toba too. I'd had to hang around anyway since for my next intended move onto Pulau Nias the boat serving the more convenient southerly port of Teluk Dalam ran only 3 days a week. Cam and Keith had already booked the same itinerary and so it was cool to be heading off with the 2 snowboarding surf dudes, aiming to take on surfings biggest right hander in the world. An exotic wonder amongst a world of marvels, time considerations came a poor second to this place.