Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
583Trip End Ongoing
In all honesty, I am not a fan of this place. I just find it a little bit to try hard wannabe new age !!! It had also spread out further, and the way it was heading, soon it would be an extension of Kuta !!! Imagine that, Kutabud !!!
Now we only came for one reason, and that was for a mountain bike trip. Basically, they drive you 30ks up the road, via a coffee plantation where the Civet cat eats the coffee beans, then shits them out, thus producing a better more expensive coffee, which being the tourists that we are, we bought some !!!
Once out of the van, we were given some bikes, given a lesson in how to use them, and then lead away. Now in our group, there were four others from Singapore, and they were very soft compared to us two, and there was also a lot of waiting around !!! There was also no dirt sections, so I asked the guide, where is the dirt? And he explained that the majority are happy with a road trip, but said, if you come back, we will organise a different ride. And with that, I said to Lucy, we are doing this again, tomorrow.
The next day, we were met by the guys, they also had an American who asked if he could tag along, and we said no worries. After the first road downhill, off we went into the rice paddies. This was more like it, it was the real Bali, the greenness was there, and so was the rain, but we carried on, and the trip was great. It didn't matter that the bikes were shitters, this was the backwaters of Bali, and there was not another tourist around !!!
Back in Ubud, we ate, I complained, and then it was time to leave !!!