Biking to Tulamben

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Jo making fun of my room charges! Gin and tonic, massage, gin and tonic, massage . . .

Today is a 48 mile bike ride from Lovina Beach to Tulamben where we will spend the night.  As I was checking out of the hotel, Jo, one of the trip leaders, grabbed the handful of charge tickets that the clerk was showing me as charged to my room.  I had charged my laundry, some drinks by the pool, and the massages.  Jo lined up all the tickets on the counter and started pointing at them successively, saying "massage, gin and tonic, massage, gin and tonic, massage, gin and tonic."  It was pretty funny -- and semi-accurate!  What a great way to spend a vacation, huh?

We rode out from the hotel at 8:30.

Local Water Hole for First Cool Off (Notice Kat doing the synchronized swimming routine)
  It was a fairly flat ride, as we followed the coast line and did not have a lot of hills.  There was a fair amount of traffic, but not as bad as some of the earlier traffic.  The temperature was hot and humid though, and it made it somewhat challenging.  It was very important to stay hydrated in this heat -- and I drank 8 bottles of water on the ride, not to mention what I drank at lunch and at the other stops!  Thank goodness the trip leaders had planned some cool off spots along the way as we rode.  Our first stop was about two hours into the ride.  It was a local swimming hole -- kind of a pool, but more rustic, not crystal clear, and obviously a cooling off spot for everyone in the little town where it was located.  I jumped in with full biking gear -- well minus my biking shoes and helmet.
Me at the mural of the Cyclist on temple wall
  It felt so good to cool off!  Kat was hysterical -- was doing her imitation of a synchronized swimmer in the pool.  A local Balinese guy kept after me at the pool -- offering me a massage in the water.  We did not have time to stop and take advantage of that, as we had to continue riding.  Poor guy -- he was desparate for work!  He was practically begging me to give him some work.  I gave him some rupiah and bade him farewell.

We also stopped at at temple called the Pura Meduwe Karang.  It had some really wonderful split gates at the entrance to the temple.  Of course, we had to put wrap a sarong around our waists and cinch it with a sash to gain entrance.

Nancy and Kat line up for Roadside Blessing
  One of the interesting carvings in the stone walls of the temple was a cyclist!  I had to have a picture of that -- while I was in my cycling clothes.  It is believed that the cyclist was a depiction of a Dutch Artist who lived in the area in the early 1900's. 

Somewhere after the temple, I had a "National Geographic Moment."  I rode up on a man bathing naked in an irrigation ditch along side the road I was riding.  He was much more curious about me and my riding outfit and bike than the other way around!

This area of Bali had a large volcanic eruption in the 1960's.  It killed thousands and caused massive damage.  Some highways in the area were buried.  A Temple is situated on the road that was buried and is now a place where you can stop by on your trip -- be it by car, truck, van, motorbike or bicycle -- and get a roadside blessing!  We stopped in, but did not have to put on our sarongs and sashes for this blessing.

View of Pool and Bali Sea at Jepon Bali Resort
  I guess they did not want to further delay or inconvenience travelers on this road!   They put holy water on your head, give you three handfuls to drink, and then press rice on your forehead and neck.  The temple was very busy with blessings that day, but they did have time to fit us in!

Lunch today was at a beautiful resort hotel right on the beach called the Jepun Bali Resort.  It was so gorgeous!  Beautiful pool, gorgeous flowers and gardens, and an amazing view of the sea and the beach.  We were allowed to use the pool and then had one of the best lunches of our trip.  There was casava fried tempura style, satays, salads, friend noodles  . . . and french fries!  It was delicious!!

After lunch, was was about to crash and not do the final 15 mile leg of the ride to Tulamben.

Poolside Masseuses at Mimpi Tulamben
  All the other guests had decided to take the van in, as they were done for the day.  Somehow I got a second wind, so Jo and I rode together all the way to the hotel in Tulamben.  It was like a guilty pleasure -- kind of like where you were in grade school and got to have the teacher all to yourself for an hour!  We had a great ride and visit.

Our hotel in Tulamben is the Mimpi Tulamben.  All the rooms are separate huts with their bathrooms fully outside the hut.  I showered and then went to the pool to relax with a gin and bitter lemon.  There were a number of local women at the end of hte pool giving massages right by the beach in the lounge chairs.  They kept after me to get a massage, and I finally relented when I realized the price was $7.

Dancer at Performance at Mimpi Tulamben
00 USD for an hour!  I felt to guilty getting my 4th massage of the trip!  LOL

Dinner was pretty good this night -- more of the standard fares of salads, soups and satays.  We also had a some entertainment by dancers and gamelon players.  I got some good photos of the entertainment.

I went to bed around 10:30, but was awakened around midnight by the sounds of an amorous couple next door in full swing.  The lady sounded just like Meg Ryan in the movie, "When Harry Met Sally" in the famous scene where she does a fake orgasm in the restaurant.  I wonder how many others heard them?

ratu says:
Wow, an amazing Blog! I read always each update.
When I'll go to Bali, I will ask you!!
Posted on: Mar 02, 2008
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Nancy and Kat line up for Roadsid…
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View of Pool and Bali Sea at Jepo…
Poolside Masseuses at Mimpi Tulamb…
Poolside Masseuses at Mimpi Tulam…
Dancer at Performance at Mimpi Tul…
Dancer at Performance at Mimpi Tu…
Courtney, Made and Jo model sarong…
Courtney, Made and Jo model saron…
Gates to entry of Pura Meduwe Kara…
Gates to entry of Pura Meduwe Kar…
Temple Sculptures of the Gods
Temple Sculptures of the Gods
Kat receives the Blessing
Kat receives the Blessing
Water Garden at Jepon Bali Resort
Water Garden at Jepon Bali Resort
Pool at Jepon Bali Resort
Pool at Jepon Bali Resort
My room at Mimpi Tulamben
My room at Mimpi Tulamben
The sleeping Bale in my hut.
The sleeping Bale in my hut.
Tree at Mimpi Hotel Grounds
Tree at Mimpi Hotel Grounds
Restaurant at Mimpi Tulamben
Restaurant at Mimpi Tulamben
The Gamelon Orchestra tunes up for…
The Gamelon Orchestra tunes up fo…
Dancer from Performance
Dancer from Performance
Another Dancer
Another Dancer
And another Dancer
And another Dancer
Dancer with Carved Mask
Dancer with Carved Mask
Tulamben
photo by: Deats