Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
99Trip End Sep 06, 2009
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We took a bike tour the next day. Our guide drove us through the countryside and we had breakfast overlooking Mt. Batur. There were 3 Australians and 2 other Americans from California on our Bike Baik tour. Our next stop was a Balinese coffee plantation. They showed us various fruits grown there and how they roast the coffee beans. We also learned about a special coffee bean that is used from the poop of a fox. The fox eats the bean and goes through it's digestive track, comes out through its poop as a whole bean and it's supposed to be better tasting!! Hmmm...it's also very expensive coffee. We got to taste various coffees and teas...not the poop bean coffee though. After that, we took a downhill bike tour through rice fields, learned how they grow rice. We saw many children on our ride with big smiles on their faces all yelling "Hello, hello"... Two of the Australians on our tour had candy for them. As we're on our way downhill, Kristi ran through some cinders with her bike and put on the front brakes instead of the rear and flew off the bike. The bike happened to have the opposite brake system as her bike at home. She walked away with some minor cuts. No worries... We ended our tour with lunch at our guide's cousins home. All in all, it was a nice tour.
We wanted to hike one of the volcanoes nearby while we were in Ubud so we found some info and set it up. The volcano is called Ganung Agung (Ganung means mountain) and it is the tallest and most sacred mountain on Bali. We had a driver pick us up at midnight and he drove us to our starting point. We started at 2am with our guide and our headlamps. We started in the jungle and then the climb got pretty steep up the volcano. Our guide, Ketut, told us it would take at least 3 hours to hike up the mountain. We got up there in about 3 1/2 hours, just in time for sunrise. It was a very difficult climb, straight up the volcano with no switchbacks. It was absolutely beautiful at the top and we were able to see everything before the clouds rolled in. The way back down was pretty treacherous and VERY hard on the knees. Darren's knees recovered well.
Ubud was a pretty neat town; full of art and had a different vibe. We enjoyed our stay here.
Off to Candidasa, another beach town.