Biking to Tulamben
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?