[Timor-Leste] The day our off-roader went off the road

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

Timor-Leste is full of adventures and thrill-seekers can just pack up their basic necessities and go on an outdoor adventure in its natural element. During my visit to Timor-Leste, the group was packed into two 4WD off-road vehicles and we had a most exciting time heading towards the mountains to the west of Timor-Leste in the direction of Maliana and Maubisse. 


The mountainous tracks were narrow and rough, and at night we drove through fog, rain, and mist. I had my heart in my mouth at times! Then during one particular route, the 4WD I was in slipped off the road! We quickly got out of the vehicle and we had to repair the road to get the 4WD back on track.



It was quite fortunate that we slipped off the right side of the road, because to the left…




I cannot imagine if we rolled off the left side of the cliff!


We didn’t have any shovels with us so we had to use our hands to dig and pat the mud, and we even formed a human chain to transport huge rocks to pump up the part under the front right wheel of the car.



562081_410892698944973_131620790205500_1222950_1334964943_n543317_410911268943116_1382562321_nI wasn’t running away, I was just getting to safe ground because the driver was making an attempt to get the car back on track.


After two failed attempts, we finally succeeded in getting the car back on track! You could feel the sense of relief that rippled through the air and the loud cheers of joy when that happened. That’s us after successfully getting the car out of trouble – hooray!


During the whole time we were getting our hands dirty and working the road, we started to draw a crowd of locals who came to watch us. The Timorese are generally very friendly people, but the ones that were there then simply stood aside and talked among themselves as we struggled to build the road. After we got out of trouble, some of the locals casually walked to their lorries and TOOK OUT SHOVELS!


559616_410895558944687_131620790205500_1222962_526640536_nIf they had offered to lend us those shovels, we could have had a much easier time getting the road done! Anyway, I’m just glad that we got out safely and note to any who are going for 4WD outdoor adventures, please bring SHOVELS!


For the rest of the photos of this literally off-road experience, view here.

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