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Aristi Prajwalita Madjid: Biking across nations

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, July 29 2009   /  12:47 pm

JP/Anton MuhajirIf she had waited for permission from her parents, Aristi Prajwalita Madjid might never have left on a two-month solo bike ride from Kota Bharu in Malaysia to Nha Trang in Vietnam. The 33-year-old talked about her 980-kilometer debut international bike trip - a trip she knew would be challenging but never imagined might be dangerous - during a recent visit to Bali for a local Bike-2-Work bicycle community event. "Actually, my parents did not realize *I was making an international bike trip*, not even at my departure from the airport. They knew that I was going to ride a bike, but not across countries," the dynamic, laidback woman told The Jakarta Post. "But then they finally found out when *national newspaper* Suara Pembaruan wrote about it," she added, chuckling over her memories of her "white lie". "Soon after, *my parents* asked me to send at least a tex...