I got my bike assembled at a bike store and piled my gear in to the rear panniers. Before long I was back in business and ready for the relatively tame 30 km ride to Ubud. The ride was great; very hot but the scenery is beautiful. On multiple occasions I ended up riding down narrow dirt paths through little resedential areas having to dodge chickens and potholes, which made for an interesting time!
Soon enough I got to the rice fields of Ubud, which was great – the hills of Ubud are less so unfortunately!
As pleasant as the ride was it was a relief to get out of my sweat drenched clothes and jump in the pool at my accomodation.
I spend quite a bit of time wandering around the streets exploring, in a way having a more full-on hostel has forced me to spend more time away, which probably doesn’t hurt. I found some really interesting artsy places selling different types of sculptures.
I found the combination of glass and wood to be particularly stunning. I’d love to see them being made.
The wood work was interesting too. Incredibly intricate hand carving combined with excellent raw materials in the form of massive thick slabs of wood, make for some impressive pieces.
Despite not really liking this part of Bali, seeing this sort of work is inspiring and gives me ideas for my own art when I get back home.
I got back to Jakarta, which wasn’t too bad. The hostel in Jakarta was good; there was some gym equipment too which was good. That said, working out in the heat is tough.
The flight to Bali is uneventful and I’m soon at my new hostel. I accidentally picked one which is a party hostel. My room is right next to the bar and the blaring music is horrendously loud up until 10. I’m then woken by all the drunk people coming back between 0200 and 0400. Overall not a fun time. Resisting the urge to make huge amounts of noise as I get ready in the morning is hard…
Having decided that riding was too dangerous and slow I needed a new plan. The family gave me a call which was great, I haven’t talked to them in months so it was good to catch up. I bounced some ideas off my father, which I find to always be useful in working through problems. Apart from transport I also needed to figure out some visa issues and when I was actually heading back to Australia.
After some thinking I decided to book a flight to Bali. This means I can ride around there on some quieter roads and don’t need to be worrying about rushing too much. The only downside to this plan is that I need to ride back to Jakarta to catch my flight…
With that sorted it was time to check out Bogor! I headed strait to the botanical gardens. This was pretty cool, lots of interesting plants and trees to check out. Given the cooler climate of my home the tropical plants were an interesting change.