Would you ride a bicycle in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption?
This Indonesian woman does. She sports a wide brimmed hat, a rain poncho and a face mask in an attempt to keep the ash off as she rides her bicycle on an ash-covered road through Yogyakarta after Saturday morning’s eruption of Mount Merapi. The summit of Merapi is about 10 miles from Yogyakarta’s commercial district.
Here’s a guy riding his bike through Yogyakarta through the thick ash. Mount Merapi or Gunung Merapi — ‘Mountain of Fire’ in Javanese — is the most active volcano in Indonesia.
In the United States, we’d call these cyclists hard core, avid, dedicated, and maybe even a little crazy. In Indonesia, these bikes are likely their everyday transportation.
Click on any of these images for a slideshow of more Mount Merapi photos.