I made a second trip to Mt. Bromo, Java, Indonesia last week. Unlike the first trip, where we went at the end of the wet season/beginning of the dry season in April, this trip was made smack in the middle of the dry season. Although the trails were dry, the tradeoff was the dust, and that Bromo Classic trail, which rides across the sea of sand, was too soft to ride.
This trip, most of the riding we did was cross-country, adventure-biking, done downhill style. Short downhill sections, followed by a vehicle transfer uphill to a different trail. After our 3 day trip though, we all felt that we spent too much time in the car for the amount of riding we did.
Unless you like riding a lot of downhill and don’t mind spending time in the car to be shuttled uphill, a better way to do it would be what we did the first trip (see the video below). We stayed in a primitive homestay at Cemoro Lawang (not recommended, try to find a hotel or upmarket homestay), and on some days, either started the ride from the accommodation, or ending there. Transfers on the vehicle were far less than on this trip. Best time to go would be the April-May, which is the end of the wet season/beginning of the dry.
If you are wondering why there are so many photos of me, and none by me, it’s because the memory card on my Sony RX100 crapped out and I didn’t bring a spare. Duh!
Here’s the video from my previous trip to Mt. Bromo: