Jeffrey posing with his motorbike at the Indonesian Embassy. Image: Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy

A world-acclaimed Indonesian solo motorcycle rider recently made a five-day stop in the sultanate for a “Ride for Peace” mission.

Jeffrey Ronny Polnaja entered Brunei as a second leg stop on November 28 through Sungai Tujoh, Belait, after riding in Malaysia from Pontianak, West Borneo.

The 57-year old is currently circumnavigating the world along the equator and across tropical countries dubbed “Equatoride: Stitching the World, Ride for Peace”.

Jeffrey briefing the media during a press conference at the Indonesian Embassy on Monday. Image: Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy

The mission entails non-stop traveling across 25 tropical countries between 23.5° North and 23.5° South in two years from 2019 until 2021.

“Through this mission, I hope I can promote worldwide peace, and strengthen people-to-people ties, especially at this moment between Indonesia and Brunei,” said Jeffrey during a briefing at the Indonesian Embassy on Monday.

Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Dr. Sujatmiko hoped Jeffrey would continue to become a goodwill ambassador to help promote Indonesia as a peaceful and vibrant country to the world.

(L-R) The Indonesian Ambassador Dr Sujatmiko shaking hands with Jeffrey after the press conference. Image: Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy

While in Brunei, Jeffrey participated in a number of events to raise awareness of peace and established new friendships with Bruneians.

Last Saturday, he shared his experience and tips on safe riding during the International Capital Bike Week at Dermaga Diraja Waterfront and Pusat Bandar.

He also had separate sharing sessions with Indonesians residing in Brunei, locals and spoke on a radio show.

Jeffrey departed Brunei on Tuesday and is continuing his third world expedition to the Philippines, Timor Leste, Australia, Pacific, South America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asian countries before concluding his journey back to Indonesia.

His first round-the-world journey started in 2006 until 2015 where he rode to 97 countries and went through 420,000 km of paved and unpaved roads.

Jeffrey (R) with other bikers during the International Capital Bike Week at Dermaga Diraja Waterfront and Pusat Bandar. Image: Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy

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