A bunch of us took off to Bali one weekend and NEVER SAW A BEACH. I’ve never been to Bali before and if I never heard more about Bali, I’d really have thought that all there was there was sand, lava and a whole lot of pain.
One of the unicyclists happen to be familiar with the region and in particular, the volcanoes in the region so we got to do what we didn’t get to do in Maninjau (also in Indonesia) the year before – ride down a frickin’ volcano. It’s actually a lot of fun… in retrospect… and we’ve come to the realisation that most of the photos of our unicycling trips kind of look like this -
Anyway, ride report. Mt Bakur is NOT rideable. Well, it kind of is if you’re great at riding in sand and have inexhaustible energy. Riding downhill is insanely fun and should be a legitimate sport on its own. It feels like snowboarding with the board clenched between your thighs and sounds more kinky than it really is.
The town rides was fun. There’s a lot of unsealed roads in the area which makes for great fun even if you can’t move the next morning. Unicycling’s always a great icebreaker and at every pitstop, we’d be chatting with the locals who aren’t used to seeing a motley crew all missing a wheel.
Unlike the Maninjau trip, I’m happy that I didn’t come down with some mystery illness although some others did and I have to admit that I was exceptionally wary of food and I took time to build up my intake amounts. The last year at Maninjau, I came down with severe diarrhoea and a 40 degree fever for a week on my return, most probably due to food poisoning and dehydration. At some point, I couldn’t get out of bed because the world would white out.
One day, I’ll come back to Bali and maybe FINALLY be relaxing on a hammock at some sandy beach, perhaps with an overpriced beer and a whole flock of tourists around taking selfies.