Travel Annanta dari Pekanbaru ke Bukittinggi

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Begadang dengan sahabat sejati.

Malam paripurna di Pekanbaru menjadi sesi nostalgia dalam aroma durian dan gurihnya seporsi Malon (Manuk Londo) yang tampak montok di atas piring. Inilah pertemuan yang sengaja kupersiapkan bersama seorang pengusaha durian yang entah berapa lama tak bersua, sebelum meninggalkan Pekanbaru esok hari.

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Pagi menyambut bebarengan dengan kunyahan toast buatan Toko Roti Ganda yang masih saja tersisa sedari kedatanganku di Kota Madani, tawar tapi masih cukup lezat disantap.

Dering smartphone yang kunanti akhirnya tiba.

Ini Donny ya?”, tegurnya singkat.

Annanta ya, Bang?”, singkat pula sapa balasku.

Iya, Don. Hotelnya ancer-ancernya apa ya?”, tanyanya mulai mendetail.

Bereflek cepat, aku berlari menuju meja resepsionis dan menyerahkan smartphone ke staff yang bertugas. Entah bagaimana staff itu menjelaskan kepada sang sopir. Yang kufaham, mereka bercakap dalam bahasa Minang.

Sepuluh menit kemudian, Toyota Kijang hitam berlabel “ANNANTA” menghentikan raung mesinnya di pelataran Hotel Sri Indrayani. Berucap terimakasih kepada staff resepsionis, aku beranjak meninggalkan lobby dan memasuki mobil travel di jok belakang sebelah kanan.

Snack dan air mineral yang disediakan pihak travel.

Emang ngerti Bahasa Jawa, Uda?”, penasaran karena sang sopir memutar lagu Didi Kempot yang tersimpan di flashdisk birunya.

Ah, ga begitu ngerti, Don. Enak aja didengernya”, katanya terbahak.

Ha ha ha”, tawaku lepas.

Aku menjadi penumpang pertama yang dijemputnya. Kunikmati saja setiap injakan pedal gas memasuki gang-gang sempit dan jalanan di beberapa perumahan untuk menjemput lima penumpang lain. Pada jemputan kedua, akhirnya aku menemukan pasangan sebelah bangku yaitu seorang nenek murah senyum yang hanya bisa berdialek Minang. Sedangkan, penumpang terakhir adalah seorang pemuda gempal yang didudukkan di jok terdepan sebelah pengemudi.

Suasana dalam travel.

Perjalanan sejauh 222 km ini akan ditempuh dalam selang waktu 7 jam dan melewati tepian Sungai Kampar yang tersohor itu. Jalan Raya Pekanbaru-Bangkinang bak trek pacu jalanan ala Sirkuit Monaco. Tavel Annanta ini begitu lincah meliuk-liuk diantara truk-truk barang bermuatan berat nan lambat. Si nenek di sebelah hanya sesekali tersenyum menghadapku menikmati balapan tunggal itu.

Memasuki Kota Payakumbuh, aku terus terjaga. Tak mau kehilangan momen singkat melewati sebuah scenic spot. Tak lain adalah Kelok Sembilan. Begitu terpesonanya aku ketika melintas jembatan layang sepanjang 2,5 km dan setinggi 58 meter itu. Tinggi, gagah dan mempesona siapa saja yang melintasnya.

Terpesona ketika Marshall Sastra dan David John Schaap mengupasnya dalam program TV “My Trip My Adventure”.

Perjalanan darat seharga Rp. 160.000 ini melewati 4 Kabupaten ( Kampar, Rokan Hulu, Lima Puluh Kota dan Tanah Datar) dan 3 Kota (Pekanbaru, Payakumbuh dan Bukittinggi) serta menyisakan keindahan alam yang menggoda mata.

Perjalanan yang hanya menyediakan sekali lunch break.  Toast tadi pagi sudah tak mampu lagi menahan rasa lapar, bahkan angin telah mengakuisisi lambung. Siang itu rendang hitam khas Minang menjadi teman santapku. Baru kali ini merasakan rendang di tanah asalnya.

Travel Annanta Si Kencang dari Sumatera.
Rumah Makan Uwan Labuak Bangku di Kabupaten Lima Puluh Kota.

Hujan mulai turun ketika perjalanan memasuki Kota Bukittinggi melalui tepiah Kabupaten Tanah Datar. Aku mulai bersiap untuk turun, karena Travel Annanta bertujuan akhir di Padang. Aku diturunkan di Jalan Veteran, tepat di sebuah pertigaan dengan Monumen Tuanku Imam Bonjol yang berada di tengahnya.

Tiba di Bukittinggi.

Menjelang gelap, aku haru menuju ke Hotel De Kock.

Annanta Travel from Pekanbaru to Bukittinggi

Staying up late with a true friend.

The last evening in Pekanbaru became a nostalgic session in durian aroma and a savory portion of fried Malon (Manuk Londo-a type of quail) which looked plump on a plate. This was a meeting which I deliberately prepared with a durian businessman that I didn’t know how long we didn’t meet, before leaving Pekanbaru tomorrow.

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Morning came together with chewing toast from Ganda Bakery, which remained since my arrival in Madani City (other name of Pekanbaru), tasteless but still quite delicious to eat.

Smartphone ring which I was waiting for finally arrived.

Is this Donny?“, he shortly said.

Annanta Travel, Sir?“, I briefly replied and asked.

Yes, Don. What is an easy landmark to find the hotel?”, he asked in detail.

Quickly reflex, I ran to reception desk and handed my smartphone to the staff on duty. Somehow the staff explained to driver. As I understood, they spoke in Minang language.

Ten minutes later, a black Kijang (Toyota’s varian) which labeled “ANNANTA” stopped its engine roar in Sri Indrayani Hotel courtyard. Saying thanks to reception staff, I left the lobby and entered travel car in right rear seat.

Snack and mineral water provided by travel agency.

Do you understand Javanese language, Uda (mention for brother in West Sumatra)?“, I was curious because driver played Didi Kempot’s song which stored on his blue flashdisk.

Ah, I don’t really understand, Donny. Just tunable to listen it“, he was laughing.

Ha ha ha“, I laughed off.

I became the first passenger who he picked up. I just enjoyed every step on gas pedal into narrow alleys and streets in some housing complexs to pick up five other passengers. On second taking, I finally found my seat couple, a smiling grandmother who only could speak Minang language. Meanwhile, the last passenger was a stocky young man who seated in the front seat next to driver.

Situation in travel car.

222 km journey would be taken in 7 hours interval and through the famous Kampar River. Pekanbaru-Bangkinang highway was like a street race track like Monaco Circuit. Annanta Travel was so swiftly moving among heavy and slow-goods trucks. Grandmother who sat next to me only occasionally smiled to face me while enjoying this single race.

Entering Payakumbuh City, I kept awake. Didn’t want to lose a brief moment when passing a scenic spot. It was none other than Kelok Sembilan. I was so fascinated when I crossed this overpass, along 2.5 km and as high as 58 meters. Tall, dashing and charming to everyone who passes it.

Fascinated when Marshall Sastra and David John Schaap peeled it off on a Indonesian TV program “My Trip My Adventure”.

Overland journey for USD 11.8 passed 4 Regencies (Kampar, Rokan Hulu, Lima Puluh Kota and Tanah Datar) and 3 Cities (Pekanbaru, Payakumbuh and Bukittinggi) and leaved a natural beauty which is tempting to my eyes.

A trip which only provided a lunch break. This morning toast wasn’t longer able to withstand hunger, even wind had acquired my stomach. That afternoon, Minang’s typical black rendang (West Sumatra’s typical meat with spices) became my dining companion. This was the first time I felt rendang in its origin land.

Annanta Travel, “The Fast” from Sumatra.
Uwan Labuak Bangku Restaurant in Lima Puluh Kota Regency.

Rain began to fall when the trip entered Bukittinggi City through Tanah Datar District. I started to get ready to got off, because Annanta Travel have last destination in Padang. I was dropped off at Veteran Street, right at T-junction with Tuanku Imam Bonjol (Indonesian national hero) Monument in the middle.

Arrived in Bukittinggi.

Towards dark, I must head to De Kock Hotel.