We woke up during the night and heard rain starting. When we woke up in the morning again it was raining even harder than during the night. The rain look liked it was here to stay for a while. We went to have breakfast and check email to see what the plans were. Sam (owner of Spice Roads Bali) had emailed us to say that there were floods in Kuta and the guys (Ajus and Minggus) would only arrive around 10:30am.
Minggus had gone to the airport to fetch our bags, he had to stand in a long queue to get our bags, but luckily all went to plan and they handed over our bags without much hassle. The guys arrived at 11:30am and we got going by 12pm.
We were driven up to the Abang Puru (Puru is Temple in Indonesian) above the Lake View hotel about 5-6km away on a small windy road. There we would start our day’s cycling and head off on small jeep tracks. These tracks were only used by scooters, it was amazing to me that conventional city scooters with road slicks were used on these off road muddy tracks.
We rode down through rural settlements, these huts formed part of the Abang village on slopes of Mt Abang. We got to one section where we turned off into a river bed, such sick trails, loving it! Again I was amazed to see scooters riding along this river bed, if you saw where we entered the river bed you would understand my amazement.
We stopped at the bottom of the trails as we left the mountains, there we tried some mangosteen and winko coconut snacks, the place / area name was Menange.
Ajus and Minggus suggested we get into the minivan for the next leg, i lets Barbara get transported to the next start point. I decided to ride the next 15km on my own. The guys said there were a few climbs, they were not kidding and i rode up multiple climbs pushing my limits and heart rate to the max.
Barbara and Ajus got out of the van to start the ride just before the top of a climb, I joined them and we rode the last 3km of the climb. I tested the tow rope system that I brought along to tow Barbara with, this consisted of two climbing quick draws and a bungi cord. It worked a charm and I towed Barbs about 1km.
After the climb we started the long descent (Bali consists of long ups and downs) towards the coast. We rode downhill for maybe 20km, then we hit a main road that ran along the coast. We stopped in a small town for late lunch in Tulamben on the coast, them headed out at about 5:30pm towards Amed where we would be sleeping 20km away. The coast road consisted of rolling hills and strange local sights / architecture. Most of the houses had no paint and due to the fact the cement used has volcanic sand everything was very dark grey. Can’t say it’s the prettiest scenery with grey buildings, black volcanic temples and litter EVERYWHERE!
We turned off the main road and headed towards Amed where we would be staying at the Wawa Wewe Hotel. It was dusk when we arrived, there was just enough light to see how beautiful the place was that we were staying. We checked in, booked a massage and had a shower.
The massage was down at the sea front, so while getting the massage we could here the waves breaking in front of us, so peaceful. The restaurant was closing early, so after the massage we went to have some dinner and a Bintang beer.
SIDENOTE: Bintang beer would become a theme for the holiday in Bali, in Thailand it’s Chang beer!
After dinner we went to bed and both did some reading, we both had really good books. I am reading the Secret Race by Daniel Coyier and Tyler Hamilton about cycling and doping. Our body clocks are still not synced with Asia, so we kept reading till about 11:30pm when we would usual be asleep by 10pm.