Cycling down the Batu Volcano

Part two of the tour we got, gets us at 8am to take us up to the top of Mount Batur  to have breakfast looking over the crater lake and then cycle down. Unfortunately the weather is rainy and it’s much cooler so not ideal weather and both hoping it clears. On the way we stop at another coffee plantation which is quite similar to the previous day, just maybe better views and so we decide not to have another free tasting and opt for just a vanilla and bali coffee to warm us up as its quite chilly the higher up the volcano we go.

When we reach the top the weather is at its worst very wet, cold and windy. Totally in the clouds there is no chance of seeing the volcano we are on or the amazing Batur Lake we are meant to see from the restaurant at the top as it usually has panoramic views. So with no view except clouds, it being very cold – so much so we are given blankets- the final straw is the breakfast as its super bad. Holly with greasy noodles and mine was fried banana. Luckily this was our 2nd breakfast. For a little while we do feel stranded a the top as our driver just dissapears and says will meet us at the bottom after we give him the outstanding money he never does lol). 45mins later a new guy rocks up with a small  truck with selection of bikes to pick from. Having not ridden a mountain back for nearly 15-20 years I need a quick refresher haha. The cycle trip is mostly downhill with some cool off road bits through the jungle on quite a fun bumpy mud paths where you appreciate the seat. Via rice paddies which are being cropped and learn that they also grow watermelons, sweetcorn and chillis. Through two villages; one where it’s all family run to build the shrines and we are shown the mold they use and different shapes. Both wondering what makes each one so religious and special to prey. The other was a quick stop at a bali house with the guide saying they all live together as a family including the grandparents and every house will have a temple they prey too everyday. Its modern yet basic with them still cooking from a fire on the floor and they capture water from rain in bottles and route to a big pen of so its like a pool they use for washing and cooking as they have no running water. There are flies everywhere too and they just stay on you despite moving and so are super annoying and off putting to hang around. As its downhill it’s easy riding and both actually want the harder uphill cycling! Lunch at the end is served in the local village in a house which is gorgeous and peaceful with it run by a priest and artist. His art is incredibly talented and so detailed in what he draws –  some parts look like they couldn’t be hand done as so precise and with the shading. Had I not been travelling would have bought some as gifts for xmas especially as he is so nice and has cute fluffy dog’s too.

19th December 2015

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