They grow coffee, tea, spices, and different fruit. All are on display and we happily try everything.
We sample hand rolled cigerattes, several types of fruit and coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and something called Luwak coffee. Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of a cat like animal, the Asian Palm Civet.
It's very tasty but not worth the $100 per 1/2 lb price tag. That's some expensive shit, literally. Back into the minibus, isn't this a bike tour?
A short ride to the staging area for the bikes. Ahhh, the bikes. Not in great shape, but ridable. The tour guide gives me a bike but some toolbox from Germany wanted the bike because of the color? I cave. We are off with a super annoying American family, no wonder the rest of the world doesn't like us. They didn't listen when our guide gave us info, wore their iPods on the ride and whinned about the local culture not being Christian, just annoying! Jason and I did as we do and made fun of them in private and shared several laughs with the girls. Gee Jason and I can be amusing at other's expense. Probably the best part of the day was as we rode through different villages little kids ran out of their homes to wave and tell us "hello" and give us five as we rode by.
We also got to venture out into our guide's rice paddy and learn about the growing rice (alas, all of Jason's burning questions are answered...what a farm boy), check out local Hindu temples and generally learn a bit more about the Balinese culture.
The guide told us that the ride was 90% down hill and 10% uphill. I think the 10% came pretty much all together at the end. It was tough and hot and many of us had to walk parts, the quality of the gering on the bikes didn't help. We were rewarded with ice cold towels and a fantastic lunch made by the owner's wife at their home compound.
Seriously, the best sambol Kat has ever had. The owner ate with us and thanked us for supporting a Balinese owned company.
He was a charming guy and had big business plans that he shared with us, I wish him the best.
I am 2 for 2: 2 Continents , 2 flat tires. I had a major blow out on the ride. Our group thought someone had thrown a firecracker at me. Damn German with my beautifully colored bike passed right by me.
Back to rest up, recoup, and clean up for the Kecak dance with Made. We were greeted by Ben, who we had already arranged to climb Mt. Batur with the next day. We've heard that one of the great excursions is to climb Mt. Batur pre-dawn and watch the sunrise. The Kecak performance was really amazing
and we got VIP treatment from our friend, Made, who played the old priest in the performance. He took us backstage afterwards to meet the rest of the cast and take pictures with us.
Another early night as we set off for Mt. Batur at 2:30 am. What were we thinking?!?!
Up and at 'em! Our transport picks us up for a bike tour at 7:30. Kat and I are a little sleepy after watching the Euro Cup finals in the middle of the night but we're good to go. Up to the base of Mt. Batur for breakfast, good to get a look at what we are considering climbing tomorrow. Mt. Batur is one of the three active volcanoes on the island and is quite a sight. After eating we climb back into the autobus to visit a plantation.