On yer bike !
Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
19Trip End Aug 20, 2012
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Set off by bicycle through hilly back lanes, small villages and rice paddies - a great way to meet the local people and take in the views along the way. We ride for about 3 hours, making stops for magnificent photo opportunities and a rest if needed. There are plenty of opportunities to visit some of the small and intricately carved temples and our ride concludes at Sangeh, home of a centuries-old temple nestled in a grove of towering trees.
Head for the hills and the village of Sidemen by minivan (approx 2 hrs).
Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets completely away from the tourism the island is famous for
Another bright morning and just sitting having breakfast with Graham from Australia, toast papaya pineapple and honey pancakes ! Now where are those bikes !
Sorry for the lack of entries but we have now headed into the centre of Bali and we are completely cut off from the outside world, no news, nothing, not even basics like milk !!! (Moira really missing this !!!)
The cycle ride was cool, a 7-8 mile trip at the top of the mountain all the way back down to Ubud, downhill all the way, no pedaling just crusing !!! We were really in the middle of nowhere, westerners not seen rarely, It reminded me of india, children running to wave and shout hello, farmers at subsistance level working with layered rice paddy fields all round.
An amazing ride which ended back in the middle of Ubud, the final 200 metres however being back up a vertical hill that non of us could cycle, in fact just pushing the bikes nearly caused heart attacks !!
After a wander through the hustle and bustle of Ubud we were then transported by minivan to the middle of the Island and Sideman. Now this is in the middle of nowhere. Our hotel like an oasis in the middle of the mointains, a delightful infinity pool with far reaching views accross the rice fields to the mountains beyond. Our room delightful, with an outside bathroom, very strange undressing and having a shower or sitting on the loo with just rice fields for a view. Careful not to spend to long on the loo or you will get sunburn !!!
The evening saw our host bring in a local dance and rythmic tribe who entertained us for quite a long time, before it got interactive and one by one we were invited to get up and dance on the stage with them!!! Lucky for us we had a few beers for courage (and some of the local brew that they brought with them)- talk about distilled strong ! It was a sweet flowery drink which Chis ended up drinking the rest !!! Moira the reluctant dancer ended up wowing us with her amazing dance.
Back to bed remembering to close the mossy nets... night visits to the loo were fun, in the dark what were we actually sitting on !