Location : Start: Dusun Kapot, Desa Siding, Kecamatan Siding, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia ; End: Kampung Gumbang, Bau, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Thanks to the accommodating folks of Kapot we were provided with 4 boats to Kampung Padang midway village to Gumbang. We had to switch to plan B as the original route which we took to come in was just too difficult. We had unanimously agreed not to use this same route on the return leg but rather via the Kumba River to Padang and there on to Gumbang on foot.
Although the boat ride did save us a lot of energy the time consumed was still slightly over 3 hours due to the dry season and shallow water. Normally, it takes only 45minutes. Most of the time passengers had to alight to help push through the pebbles.
Perhaps, the boat should have been built 10ft longer to give it more buoyancy. Ibans from Ulu Ai are more adept in boat designed for such condition.
Anyway, we still made it to Dusun Padang safely and I quickly ran over to say hello to Salleh an old friend here and also the Pak Dusun, Sigul. Had a quick chat with them as the Gumbang guys were in a hurry to continue the journey by foot.
3.5 hours later we were greeted by the welcoming party led by KK Atok just on the outskirt of the village.
An anointment and cleansing ritual was performed by Anyan for all the homecoming heroes before proudly marching to the baruk for some thanksgiving.
It’s good to be back, what a journey what a memory! Thank you Gumbang, thank you Senebeh. We may not be Bidayuhs but we were just as proud to be able to set foot on the land of your ancestors and come back safely. We will never forget your concern for our safety and your hospitality was priceless.
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