Day 109: Uluwatu – Bali, Indonesia
Budi looked over the bike and uttered something to the woman. He then looked at me and said 200,000 Rupiah, about $14 US. I was taken aback at the price. 3 days with this bike for $14 was a steal. After handing over the money, I asked for a helmet. The lady went back inside and returned seconds later with a helmet.
After everything was settled with the lady, Budi got on his bike, waved and took off. I assumed he would lead me back to Jessica’s villa. I got on my bike and set off gently back in the direction we came from. As I rode, I began recognizing landmarks around the village and began following them in hopes that they would help me find my way back to Jessica’s villa. It took me about 10 minutes to find my way there.
Once at Jessica’s, I collected my daypack to venture off to Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s biggest attractions. Riding a motorbike in Bali can only be described as a harrowing experience. There are hundreds of motorbikes on the road, making it difficult to safely navigate the roads. Then, there are the aggressive motor vehicle drivers to contend with. Driving in Bali is an exercise in survival.
I don’t think I’m prepared to endure two more days of the chaos on the roads here.