North Bali (day 5)
From Lovina to Gilimanuk and East Java
North Bali sees less many tourists as Denpasar, Kuta and Ubud.
Lovina attracts a fair share amount of travelers as you can take boats here and swim
with dolphins. I was more on the clock, so to say. I had a visa for 30 days
and my goal was to cycle to Jakarta roughly another 800-900 km cycling so I
didn't want to spend extra day here, as I didn't know if I might needed an
extra day later on.
Early morning at Lovina, the promise of a beautiful day
Thus, I left in the morning, had a local style breakfast and went on the
road. Contrary to South Bali, North Bali's roads are quiet with every 10-15 km
villages for refreshments. This was cycling in paradise, with tailwind and
partly cycling through the lush green rice fields or under the shady trees.
My diary reads: "I felt this day was the best I ever had in my whole life!".
There were a few short hills but I could cycle them up with 2 fingers in my
The map showed me that I should expect some more serious hills by the time I
should come in the vicinity of Gilimanuk, where I would have to take the ferry.
The hills indeed came but the road went never up. The clever Indonesians had
build a road right in between two hills and let me save my energy to later days.
Here and there I cycled through tunnels of leaves, and almost without any
traffic this made North Bali even more beautiful.
I'd cycled the 90 km's in North Bali in under 5 hours and saw little reason
to stay in Gilimanuk. It would be more clever to take the ferry to Java so I
wouldn't have to spend that time the next morning.
I'd been exploring Bali in a different way than I had done years earlier.
When I sat at the ferry I was looking back and was already homesick for more
cycling at paradise island.
View from the ferry towards Bali, goodbye and see you next time!
I took the ferry to Banyuwangi for the second leg of my bicycle ride in
Indonesia, but I knew I would be back in Bali.
Bicycling at Bali is quite an experience. Yes, the areas of Kuta and Ubud
are touristy, but outside those areas it's like a time machine. Going back
in time, where tourism didn't exist and life went on as always