Kevin and Kerstin: Auf Wiedersehen und gute Reise…

The more friends they meet, the more "goodbyes" they would say. Kevin and Kerstin Holford in Yogyakarta. Image: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

The more friends they meet, the more “goodbyes” they would have to say. Kevin and Kerstin Holford in Yogyakarta. Image: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

They ride “Liza” from one country to another, traveling from one continent to another. Without trying to overstate things, I think they are the most awesome couple I’ve ever met.

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

IT’S already more than a year since Kevin Holford and his wife Kerstin Holford left their home in Waldaubach, Hessen, Germany in June 24, 2013.

They are currently in the midst of their motorcycle tour worldwide.

Along the way they have covered tens of thousands of kilometers, visited dozens of countries in different continents.

They have traveled across Europe, East Asia, and now, Indonesia of South East Asia.

Kevin Holford and I, in Ciamis, West Java. Photo by Farid.

Kevin “vowed” to let his beard grow longer and thicker. He wouldn’t shave it off until he had finished the trip and returned home in Germany. Kevin Holford and I, in Ciamis, West Java. Photo by Farid.

“Day 64 in Indonesia …… we arrived on Bali …. finally!” Mrs Kerstin wrote on her Facebook wall, Thursday (August 7, 2014) at about 7.12 PM.

At the same time, the 48-year-old woman also posted a picture of ferry loaded with motorbikes, crossing from Port of Ketapang in Java Island to Gilimanuk of Bali.

A BMW R 100 GS named “Liza”, motorcycle that Mr Kevin and his life partner used to travel around the world, spotted front row on the ferry.

“Can you spot the odd one out?” Mrs Kerstin wrote.

"Liza" is lifted into the ship by crane. Image by Kerstin Holford

Ropes tied around the bike and “Liza” is lifted onto the deck. Image by Kerstin Holford

Back in June, 2014, their Indonesia journey was started from the Province of North Sumatera (in Sumatera Island) after crossing from Penang, Malaysia.

They rode east for days through Trans-Sumatra highway connecting 6 provinces of the country’s second-largest island.

Riding their own motorbike, allowed them to stop anywhere and everywhere they like.

“I usually only ride at an average speed of 50 or 60 miles (kilometers) per hour”, Mr Kevin said.

Indonesian menu. No Germany's Wurst & Brotchen, no Joghurt, no sandwich, no wine... Photo: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

Indonesian menu. No Germany’s Wurst & Brotchen, no Joghurt, no sandwich, no wine… Photo: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

Their trip was then continued to the most populous island in the world, and home of 57 percent of Indonesia’s population: Java.

Ferry carried Mr Kevin and Mrs Kerstin and their “Liza” across the Sunda Strait through the biggest ferry ports in Indonesia, Port of Bakauheni to Merak, which linking Sumatera and Java islands.

I met Mr Kevin and Mrs Kerstin in Ciamis, West Java on Monday (July 7).

And they were still in Java, when, at least two (probably) “important” things in the couple’s life happened.

First, their country Germany won the 2014 World Cup Final after beat Argentina 1-0.

Second, Mrs Kerstin celebrated her 48th birthday on July 22, 2014.

One more thing: they also felt the heated atmosphere ahead of Indonesia presidential election 2014…

In Java Island, they visited Dieng Plateau in Banjarnegara and Wonosobo regencies; Borobudur Temple in Magelang Regency; Yogyakarta; and East Java’s Surabaya and Mount Bromo.

Kevin, Kerstin and "Liza" and East Java's Mount Bromo in the background. Image: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

Kevin, Kerstin and “Liza”, and East Java’s Mount Bromo in the background. Image: Kerstin Holford/Facebook

Now they are in Bali Island, one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations.

“We probably only stay in Bali for one week”, Mrs Kerstin said, adding that another locations on their to do list are the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara (Lesser Sunda Islands).

Among the most interesting places in those two provinces they will visit are Gili Islands (Gili Meno, Gili Terawangan and Gili Air) in West Nusa Tenggara, and Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara.

About two weeks later, from Indonesia’s neighboring country Timor Leste, Mr Kevin and Mrs Kerstin will ship their “Liza” to Darwin, Australia.

Besides Australia, they are also scheduled to conclude their Down Under tour in Tasmania and New Zealand.

Kevin and Kerstin, Auf Wiedersehen und gute Reise... Photo: Kerstin Holford

Always smile because each problem will be resolved soon: motorcycle won’t start, traffic jam, poor road infrastructure and other obstacles… No problem. Kevin and Kerstin, Auf Wiedersehen und gute Fahrt… Photo: Kerstin Holford

They still have a long journey ahead of Mr Kevin and Mrs Kerstin, which may take more than one to two years: countries of South America, Central America, Mexico, the USA including Alaska, and Canada.

The last two continents awaiting their presence are Africa and Europe.

In Africa, the ride will start from South Africa, and countries of the western coast of Africa.

Only three countries left before they return home to Germany, if they subsequently enter Europe from Morocco of Africa: Portugal, Spain, and France.***

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