The Hash House Harriers run or walk (see my previous blog) is the very best way to see the real Bali. But if this doesn’t suit you or you only have 1 or 2 days in Bali, then this ride is something that I think everyone should do.
This 4 hour bike ride (1 hour for lunch), down a gently slopping mountain road with Bali Eco Cycling, will get you away from the main tourist areas and into the country where you will see more of Bali.
The bike ride starts when you are picked up at 7:30am for a 1 hour drive up into the mountains to Kintamani. Here we had breakfast at a restaurant overlooking Mt Batur which is an active volcano and its crater lake. The view was stunning but the food and flies were not too good. My family and I are used to eating street food so we can rough it a bit but seeing all the flies over the food was not good and we didn’t eat very much. My advice would be to have breakfast before you go. The view though was spectacular so you will get some great photo’s.
After breakfast the bus drove us to where the bikes were and we were fitted for helmets and the bikes adjusted for our height. We also did a test ride around a track.
I hadn’t ridden a bike in a very long time (I usually stick to skate boards :) but it didn’t take long to get used to bike riding again. When everyone was ready we got on the bikes and started riding down the mountain. There was always a guide in front and a guide who stayed behind everyone so it didn’t matter if you wanted to ride really slowly like my mum or really fast like my dad.
We stopped at a few locations on the way where we did get to see the real Bali. They included local villages where you will see inside their houses and kitchens and hear about their fascinating life and customs as Hindu’s. You will see every part of their daily life, something you won’t do if you only go to the main tourist places in Bali. I loved stopping at the rice paddies where you can walk through and see ladies harvesting the rice. You can actually help to thrash the rice, which as you will learn is part of the harvesting process. You will ride past schools and temples and stop at a huge sacred tree for a break. We also stopped at a coffee plantation and had about 10 different cups of coffee.
In total the ride goes for about 3hrs and its a great way to see the beautiful Bali scenery. A bonus to it is that they also include lunch at the end of the ride. You get a buffet which consists of typical yummy Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice) Mie goreng (fried noodles), spring rolls and my all time favourite, tempe.
For more information on this amazing tour head to http://www.baliecocycling.com/cycling-tour/