Now, as I was asking around for directions to Ajibata, I was told to take a "kereta". I was in a small village, way off the main transport route, and there was definitely no train station in town, now were there any train tracks. I was pretty confused. So, I asked them where the "kereta" was? They pointed vaguely at a cluster of motorcycle taxis with their drivers hanging out waiting for fares. At that point, I assumed I had asked the town loony for directions, so I looked around to see if others would confirm this. The other people sitting around nodded in confirmation. I asked if it was possible to take an "angkot" and they pointed up the road? I was told no, but I could take a car. This was getting stranger and stranger. In these small villages, there are no taxis and while some people do car hires, they usually only go long distances. I can't quite convey the degree of confusion I felt, but it was something like being in the twilight zone. Everyone else saw the invisible train and non-existant car hires, but I didn't.
In stepped Jhan, a local who was handing out flyers for the hotel where he worked, "fishing for tourists" in his words. He heard my JKT accent I guess, since I learned street bahasa, I tend to use a lot of slang that is specific to JKT. He spoke English and cleared up the confusion. In Sumatera... (ready for it?)
mobil- mini bus
??? (compare with the list above)
So, what the locals were really saying was that I could take a motorcycle (hence the crew of ojek drivers and their bikes) or a local mini-bus, which ran along the main street where they were pointing. Thanks for clearing that up Jhan! I ended up staying at his hotel as it happened.