Bali By Bike Day 3

We spent a rest day in Amed and the stay was relaxing but a little uneventful. I had originally planned the stop because there is excellent snorkeling right offshore but it rained pretty much constantly while we were there. It lightened up enough for a short ride further east and a cup of tea but pretty much confined us to the bungalow the rest of the day. The picture below is of the Amed coastline.

amedcoast

We woke up for our third cycling day to the cacophony of Amed residents, namely the roosters and the pigs. Right over the fence by our bungalow is a bunch of pigs. At first I was sure it was a slaughterhouse given the volume and intensity of pig screams every morning, but we climbed up and peered over only to see a few pigs chilling in a pen. Why on earth do they need to make so much noise? On top of this you have the roosters. Balinese love cockfighting and every house on the block has at least three cocks in tiny little cages waiting for the next match. The guy at our favorite restaurant in Amed, Guns N’ Roses, told us that Amed hosts a cockfight every day and that the fights also take place at all the major religious ceremonies. The loser of the fight is traditionally cooked up for dinner as part of the celebration. What this means for us is that we are surrounded by hundreds of roosters who seem unaware of whether it is sunrise or not and cock-a-doodle-do’s can be heard several times a minute sometimes in perfect unison with each other. The funny part is we were actually staying close enough to the ocean to hear the waves if only they weren’t drowned out by pig screams and rooster crows.

When we awoke there was still cloud cover and we were pretty sure it was going to rain any minute, but by the time we ate breakfast and packed up the skies were blue. Here is a shot of the road out of Amed with Gunung Agung towering overhead.

gunungagung

At one point Kyle looked over and said “man those clouds are dark.” Sure enough there were menacing clouds and we really didn’t want to do another day in the rain if we didn’t have to. I joked that he was going to jinx us. Seeing as how he likes to notice the clouds right before the sky opens up on us and reminds us our endless summer is not always summer. We then came upon this aloe field and thought it would be a good time for a break, but not too long since we were still worried about the rain.

aloe

templecarving Bali is an extremely small island and our 5 day bike tour covers only half of it. Today was our longest day and we only biked a whopping 60 km (37 miles). It was a great 4 hour ride, mostly flat on a well paved road. I expected more ocean views but the road was primarily inland just enough so that you couldn’t see the water. We managed to have sun all day despite the ominous gray clouds clinging about the volcanoes above.

At last we arrived at Air Sanih. In Indonesian the word air means water and Air Sanih is the site of some beautiful spring-fed ocean-side swimming pools frequented by the locals. The town itself isn’t even a town really, just home to about three restaurants and two guest houses with a cool temple nestled right in the middle of everything. We did manage to find some ghetto-luxury in the form of a beat up old bungalow right on the ocean. So far it appears we only have one rooster as a neighbor, hopefully I can actually hear the waves tonight.

porch

If you use a GPS you can download a GPX file of our ride here. (right click – save target as)

Here is the elevation profile for our ride


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2 Responses to “Bali By Bike Day 3”

  1. Patricia said:

    So enjoy your pictures, comments re: Bali. Am putting a Bicycle/Kundalini Yoga Tour in Bali, in Oct. Any input on where to buy good “comfort bikes” for beg/intermed. riders? Have friends in Chicago who have lived there & do tours. Any suggestions w/be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and Blessings, Patricia


    June 8th, 2010 at 10:25 am

  2. Kyle said:

    Getting bikes in Bali is pretty easy. You can check out our post on how we found our bikes here http://rollglobal.com/balibybikegear/ Any of the bike shops we mention should be able to outfit you.
    There is also a classifieds website called http://www.balifinds.com where you might be able to find some used bikes. Some rental shops in Ubud have quite a few bikes and you might be able to purchase or long term rent for a reasonable price. Polygon makes some good quality bikes that are relatively affordable in the $150 to $300 range. The bikes we got were about $100 and required some work during our tour to keep them going. The quality of the tubes and pump that we got was not up to par. I would recommend bringing a good compact pump with you rather than relying on getting one there. Racks are available but if you are planning on carrying your own gear while you ride you should bring panniers, as they are scarce and quite expensive. I hope this helps get you started we will be happy to answer any specific questions you have as well.


    June 8th, 2010 at 11:30 am

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