10+ km walk up Campuan Ridge in that heat

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 17, 2012

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Today is swap over day. With Ellen and me on a trip that is made up of 2 shorter trips, it was a free day for us.

Yes, it is always sad to say goodbye to new friends but with the internet they are in many ways never far away.

What to do with my day off? Not into shopping at all. Having read in Lonely Planet about two walking tours decided to see if I can navigate my way around them.

It was as expected hot and I sweated like a pig. Afterwards googled and found that today’s temperature was a cool 26 C with just a 66% humidity.

So my combined walk covered artist village of Penestanan & the views from the Campuan Ridge. The maps and notes were correct, just need to read them very carefully.

Beginning at the Royal Ubud Palace, headed west along Jl Raya Ubud and down the forested gully to the Campuan Bridge (where 2 rivers meet).

Hard left into Jl Raya Penestanan and up towards the artists village of Penestanan.

Retraced my steps to cross the Campuan Bridge again and then left into the driveway by the Ibah Luxury Villas.

Passing Gunung Lebah and followed the cobble pathway up to the ridge line. On either side were fields of tall elephant grass which is traditionally used for thatched roofs. Yes, I saw later an old man making these roofing panels and the resulting photo of him at work is just passable.

Passing the village of Bangklang Sidem to some rice terraces that were glistening in the sun.

Along this unpaved no exit road were many artists studios open for passers by to call in. I noticed most of their works were very modern. I wonder how they made any money with so few passing walkers, cyclists let alone vehicle traffic. Answer is they sell them to shops and stalls in town.

Over Sungai Cerik and up into Payogan village.

Back to a main street leading towards Ubud with even more galleries, restaurants and small boutiques.

In Ubud and a late lunch at Café Lotus. Yes, a nice relaxing view over a Lamb Burger: grilled mince lamb, seasoned with paprika, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, coriander and mint served on a sesame bun topped with chopped tomato, onion and mint - with French fries as an optional extra. I know … a lamb burger? It was nice and certainly not a McD's quality. That at 60,000 Rp and a Pineapple Juice at 25,000 Rp came to a total just a shade under 100,000 Rp (NZ$14 or US11). Good advice Ray McVinnie.

A refreshing swim in the hotel pool revived me after the 10+ km walk.

We then headed out to the Gianyar night market to try some of the local cuisine. The setup is like most markets, very informal with to me the usual many “cheap and nasty” junk type items for sale. Foodwise, naturally I looked for the busiest stall and carefully chose my dinner of noodles and chicken for only 10,000 Rp (NZ $1.40 or just over US $1).
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