The first day I traveled for 8 hours. I went up north to the crater of Mount Bator and its gorgeous views of the volcano and the valley below. There is a coffee plantation that does tastings. I tried Bali coffee, ginger coffee, ginger tea, lemongrass tea and hot chocolate. Their shop is very overpriced. I was shocked that I could bargain, even though there were set prices. I walked away with a package of ginger tea with 75% off the marked price! I traveled down a cold and steep hill on a windy road. On my map the way down looked short but in reality it took over 2 hours. About 4 hours into my trip I couldn't stand it any longer and started listening to my iPod, which helped pass the time.
I stayed the first night in Amed, a coastside village littered with guest houses, restaurants and diving shops. If you are not a diver (which I am not) there is absolutely nothing to do there. The second day it rained and I sought shelter in a magic looking restaurant/hotel. The owner said no one had come for 3 days and all he could offer me was tea, a banana from his garden and homemade chocolate cake. I accepted all three and read a book about cultivating Kombucha and an interesting article which claimed that a cure for AIDS had already been discovered in 1990 (apparently using electric current to kill the virus). After lunch I proceeded to fall asleep on the couch to the sounds of the rain.
Arriving in Candidasa (another beachside town) later that day I found a place to stay based on the recommendation of a quirky German couple I met earlier that day. The owner's name was Gary and he was a joke-cracking Australian. He said the bed was so comfy that I could jump on it. I took him up on the offer! I ended up staying two nights there and visiting a hidden beach was down a very poor road that tested my motorbike abilities.
Because I decided to extend my trip from three days to four, I needed to call people back in Ubud so that they didn't worry. Community is a beautiful thing and I am honored to have established two here. I had to call two separate sets of people to let them know of my change of plans. I am so grateful for the gifts that I have received on this trip!
It was amazing and very empowering to take this trip. People would ask me who my driver was and if I was traveling with people. When I said I was on the motorbike and by myself, the common reply was a thumbs up and admiration! Guess I am a little adventurous even by Balinese standards.
Photo caption: Terraced rice patties are a common yet always beautiful sight in Bali. This photo taken on the way from Amed to Candidasa.
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