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Torrential rain & broken down bikes

Mandala Bungalows Pliatin - Saturday 23/12/78 - overcast and very very rainy

After breakfast we had planned a big day trip. We drove through Gianyai and Klunkung and up to Besakeh. It was a nice drive through intensively cultivated hillsides of paddy fields. At Besakeh we stopped to look at the temple which is the mother temple and the biggest. Behind it is the volcano Agung. We had to climb up hundreds of steps and once inside there is nothing much. Brad and Jeff had to hire a sarong for 100 rp as they had shorts on.

We then set off to drive to Amlapina and the first lot of rain hit us. We sheltered for awhile under some bamboo by the side of the road, but it wasn't much good, so we decided to drive through the rain. We stopped to get Brad’s tyre pumped up and the rain caught us up so we got wet again.

We reached Amlapina which has a huge statue as you enter to show the Dutch fighting. We drove through and decided that we would miss lunch and drive through to Klungkung 35 km away. We had gone about 10 km along a coast road which was very pretty when the rain started and we got under some shelter. Well you have never seen rain like it. Talk about torrential tropical rain and it didn’t look like it would stop. So off we set in this rain doing about 10 miles an hour. I have never been so cold or wet in my life. At one stage we tried to wrap banana leaves around ourselves to keep warm. We were all numb with the cold. Half the roads were flooded and water was in some homes and swamped the fields. Rivers and creeks were flowing very fast and were full to the brim. Just outside Klungkung the rain started to slacken, but Jeff’s bike got a flat tyre. We were so cold, hungry and miserable that we even ate food from a warung. It was called bakur and was in peanut sauce and revolting. We found out later it was pig’s stomach. We hired a bemo and put the 2 bikes inside and he took us to Klungkung. We then hired another bemo who drove us to Ubud for 6000 rp. Nothing in our bags was dry and even our passports are saturated. After getting dry and warm we went to Murni’s and ate a huge meal. I had sweet and sour pork, bempic and nasi goreng.

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple

Wet & broken down bikes

Wet & broken down bikes

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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