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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lost Roadie, Jan 23, 2020.
Welcome back, I enjoyed the first report while it was underway and Look forward to this one.
I settled into my new temporary life on the Island of the Gods quite easily, riding somewhere new everyday.
Could this be a place where I would want to settle permanently?
I have been thinking I need a drastic change in my life lately, wanting to live more simply with less stuff, less bills, no debt and get away from the toxic American politics that inevitably seems to seep into many aspects of life back home.
The ADV 150, a very nice scoot indeed!
Here the farmer was getting ready to flood the field to start planting rice, this was the view from my place. The motor on this plow ran at an impossibly low rpm.
It was very interesting to be able to watch daily life of the Balinese, certainly very different for me to be sitting still. This was by design on this trip so far, I’ve spent most of my adult life in motion, constantly looking for something new by moving, now I was forcing myself to stay in one place, at least for a short time. I mean, I was still riding around but always coming back to one spot.
A long walk down to yet another ridiculous waterfall.
Dude you're back....Awesome!
Love the old Beemer adventures!
That looks just drop-dead gorgeous spectacular. Thanks for having us along.
More riding, more drinking, a few new Indonesian words picked up each day as I met more people. The local Warang’s (local simple restaurants) in my temporary neighborhood were numerous and quite diverse.
I like food.
Matter of fact seeking out delicious local grub was a huge part of my daily riding adventures. Generally, a delicious meal that involved some sort of meat, usually chicken or pork plus rice or noodles and veggies cost about 20,000r or $1.75 give or take. This is talking about at Warang’s, where the locals eat, not at the more touristy places also found all over the place where you could spend as much as you want, especially if you want to eat Western food.
(Who the fuck wants to come to Indonesia and eat burgers and pizza???, judging from the amount of restaurants selling them, it must be quite a high number) Those wankers are really lost, and not in a cool ADV being Lost kind of way. I probably shouldn’t knock on other people and how they choose to live their life, but it’s pretty easy to have a laugh at watching other groups of humans, especially here where there is such a mix of people from all over the place. Stereotypes are easy, and I’m sure to others I fit the bill providing entertainment being “that guy” in shorts with leg pockets, fanny pack and sandals with socks.
Just kidding, I’m way to rock and roll for a fanny pack.
This is not on some epic RTW adventure just yet, just chilling in paradise getting back to the basics of human needs:
A/C. (It was quite warm and supposed to be the rainy season, though with the climate changing it wasn’t raining lilies it was in days gone past. But it was quite humid, so 35ºC with 80% humidity made for pretty uncomfortable sleeping and I’m not trying to be roughing it just yet)
Two wheeled vehicle to ride, for now it’s a pimp daddy ADV scooter, which I will say I’m having a real blast riding.
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It was time to change location, a two hour “fast” boat ride with some good music and beers was a great way to get back in Motion.
Another WhatsApp booking and I had a new ride, this time is was a Vario 150.
A neighbor to Bali but a world away.
Lombok shares much in common when it comes to the beauty found all over Bali, but being a predominantly Muslim Island it was in stark contrast to the Hindu island of Bali. Certainly a much different vibe to be felt immediately upon arrival.
I landed on a beach about 60km north of Mataram even though the ferry was supposed to take me closer. There had been a major earthquake here last year and the island was still recovering and there was no harbor master at the port I thought I was going,
A shuttle bus ride and I was able to pick up a bike to start my journey heading south away from the city to a more remote part of the island.
It was plainly obvious this was going to be a different adventure, nearly all women were covered and once I was away from the ferry terminal there were zero western tourists to be seen for hours of riding.
All IN! on this one, thanks!!
Good to see you and your awesome pictures and report are back! Been a long time sense the last Death Valley ride! Ride safe and enjoy... Nate and I are headed to Baja in March but I think it's a stretch for you... LOL.
Glad to see you are back. Your ride reports always had a unique "voice ", a unique quality. And the photos are outstanding!
So a different pace and style of travel for a different phase of life. Sounds good to me.
Very cool so far. Glad to be following along with you.
I haven't read this part 2 yet but I'm glad you're back and writing Finn!
I’m currently on the Chinese border... I’ll get back to continuing with my story in Lombok soon and then really getting in motion where things get a little more exciting.
I'm in too
I see drone footage, you didn't mention that in your camera gear list so what are you using?
So cool! A @Lost Roadie RR. Thank you for taking the time to share.
Met you once in DV. Been following ever since. Keep going buddy and thanks for documenting for us all. Cheers, Brock.
@Lost Roadie mentioned the drone in his list - a DJI Mavic Pro 2 w/ smart remote