Saturday, 1 October 2011


After another ferry crossing, this time 4hrs we made it to Bali from Lombok. What the ticketing guy failed to tell us was that we were in for a 3hr wait before we could disembark onto the island. The ferry was the worst looking of all we have been on so far and we had already been told that this was usually the roughest crossing with big swells pushing between the the 2 islands. We didn't get off the ferry until dark so we had decided to stay in Padang Bai for the night before heading to Ubud. After navigating up a few narrow lanes we found someone who had a room for us, more than we were wanting to pay so he came down in price. Bali seems to be the place for doing deals as everyone is always wanting some tourist dollars. We found that this if anything has done this island an injustice as the people here are not as friendly as all the other islands. We have still had some great experiences here, especially at the local mechanics in Ubud. A fellow dirt bike rider Kadex helped me with pulling Sanne's carby apart to give it a bit of a clean, 2hrs labour and parts came in at a total of 70000Rp that's roughly $8! We had been looking so forward to coming back to Ubud after our visit 2 years ago thanks to Mr Rudd. When we arrived we were a little taken back when we saw just how busy the place was. So many tourists everywhere. We were out for a spot of shopping in the markets one day when by surprise ran in to a French couple, Tom and Camille that we had met all the way back on the Gibb river rd. We finally got to catch up for a drink that we never got to have in Darwin. By the way Tom, thanks for the hangover and the kiss mate. We also caught up with Daniel a fellow bike traveller from Germany who's battery charger I had been holding onto since Dili, now one less thing to lug around. Our time in Ubud was mainly spent wandering around town eating, drinking and relaxing with a massage. Hard life but after 5 days we were both itching to get back on the bikes and moving again.

Bali and Mount Agung in the background

Travelling Indonesia style

Ubud Markets

Green green rice fields

Lily pond, Candi Dasa

Bike getting a much needed wash

With friends Tom and Camille

Tanah Lot temple

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