We are staying in Bedugul in Bali and the morning sun bounces off the mist that seems to sporadically carpet the fields and forests. The view from the the upstairs dining room is beautiful, with spots of gold and green. Breakfast is pretty basic and I’m excited to try this famous locally grown and made strawberry jam.
With food in our bellies, we head off to the mountain road again to attempt going to the neighbouring lakes. The sun is out this morning, which feels great against the more chilled mountain air. We make a few stops along some random huts, which, on the eastern side of the road offer great views of the thick Balinese jungles, and on the west side offer panoramic views of the lakes.
Around brunch time, the clouds start to set in and we decide to stop for a snack at this cafe that’s built on a platform around a corner at the beginning of a series of winding roads. The row seating on their patio has the perfect view of the jungles in the highland and you really can see far into the horizon. Because we’re so high up, it’s quite chilly especially when you stop moving and are not in the sun. We share a couple pots of hot tea and a few snacks, including some wonderful fried bananas.
From the cafe, we hit a series of steep winding roads. I have very poor reception here and I try to screen shot a few pictures of maps in case I lose reception. We finally make it to Munduk falls, a single, tall waterfall that ends in a small pool. It’s a short hike down to the falls and it’s easy to find because it’s so well labeled.
We eventually make it to a little village without a single foreigner in sight. I tried to ask for directions but it didn’t seem that anyone really understood me. Whatever, I had some screen shots! What could go wrong? Conveniently, my reception cut out right about now so we were driving in the dark so to speak. At this point too, the clouds really settled in and we could feel some rain coming on. Bad news. I manage to get really spotty coverage here and I know it’s completely unreliable, so I quickly take a screenshot of what looks like a shortcut back to the main mountain road to town. We head down this hill on this road and about halfway down, the pavement breaks, and eventually turns into a dirt road. Great…
So what goes down must come up right? A few minutes later the dirt road turns upwards towards a hill that gets steeper and steeper. At this point, the road is more of a dirt path only a few meters wide, with large rocks sometimes dotting the middle of the road. What’s worse is, Paul is running extremely low on gas at this time. We come across a really steep portion and the road is a bit muddy from the rain. I feel like I’m going to flip off my scooter so I take it slow. Bad idea. I lose control and I turn over, barely escaping being crushed by the scooter. The problem now is that the scooter won’t start! What do we do now?! We thought about abandoning this scooter since we didn’t give any ID to the renter. Luckily A kid rides by and we flag him down. We ask if he can help us kick-start the bike, praying that it works. Lo and behold, it works!!
The rest of the ride back was smooth and honestly, without the help of that youngster, I don’t know what we would have had to do to that bike. Not cool. Our experience in Bedugul was a refreshing escape from the crowded beach scene. The people are friendly and very helpful and a visit here is highly recommended.