Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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It was great though. Our big hairy ginger relations (no jokes about my beard will appear here) entertained us fully. We were lucky enough to see two babies during the feeding session at the wonderful Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary. We let the crowds pass and shared some pretty intimate moments with some monkeys which had appeared to gather up the scraps left by the Ginger ones
Some relaxing back at the lodge before heading off to the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Here we climbed a canopy walkway to view the dense jungle from up high. There was not much activity amongst the trees so we set off on one of the less well marked tracks hoping to find life. An hour later we emerged, muddy and sweat covered with only reported sightings of centipedes, a black squirrel, giant ants and a leech. You could really feel the jungle however and the knowledge that there were thousands of organisms deeper in was probably enough for today. Every tree root looked like a snake so I was only able to switch off when we got back in the car.
Then it was a 100mph drive to catch feeding time at Lebuk Probiscus Monkey Centre. These monkeys can only be found in this part of the world and we loved what we saw. See photos (I think there are about 100 from today) for how extraordinary these creatures are. To add to our experience there were some Pied Hornbills knocking around. I was lucky enough to have one land on my arm which is one of the best things that has happened in my life! I do like birds. There were also silver leaf monkeys, which are funny wizened furry black monkeys who amazingly produce tiny ginger babies which look like tellitubbies - we saw one which was only 10 days old
Short on cash we realised we would need fresh funds to pay our bar bill at the lodge so we made the 30km dash to Sandakan. Again my hypnotic driving sent G, C and Pols to sleep. They did wakeup a bit when a local man jumped out of his truck to slam his fist into my window. Maybe I should not make rude signs when beeped at, especially when approaching a red light.
The meal of garlic and spicy prawns set us up for the return leg and after a bumpy loop of the backend of town we arrived back at the lodge just in time to see the second half of Man U vs Everton. What more can you ask for? Orang-Utans, Monkeys, Hornbills, Garlic Prawns and Football. Excellent!
Miles Cycled: 0 but we trekked a few through the jungle