Bali

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Bali chart
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The ride up to the 5 hour ferry on the right, and the ride down to Denpasar on the left
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The Bali ferry, and fishermen
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On we go
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Bali from the boat
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Denpasar was crazy. It’s a big holiday destination for Australians.

But a good spot to get photos of parents taking their kids to school in the morning on scooters
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Another. Terrific
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We would have skipped this town all together but we’ve got an appointment at the BMW dealer. There’s enough money here to sell $70,000 bikes.

The epoxy has held! Hooray, disaster avoided. The dealer is professional, the mechanics skilled and fast replacing the fuel pump assembly. The staff behave, as to be expected, like new friends. A highly recommended stop
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Second day’s track. We been warned that the quickest route, the coast road is busy and difficult so we ride through the center of the Island on a smaller road
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Leaving Denpasar. The riding is pretty difficult at times, but we’ll get to that in the first Java post
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Then into the hills
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Past a Mosque. Indonesia is the largest Muslim democracy in the world. The major religions are Muslim 86%, Christian 9%, Hindu 2%. The Hindu population is largely concentrated on Bali, where, according to Wiki, 90% of the Balinese identify themselves as Hindu
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Through another town
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Into the country
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Water stop and liter-bottle gas station
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Roughly in the center of the island, on this road, villages are more concentrated
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There are many old structures that look like meeting places, that we’re guessing are Hindu
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A back street in a small village
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Not sure what this is, but it’s ornate and looks very old
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A beautifulĀ home
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Back into the countryside
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Rice fields everywhere
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Many looked like they were between crops
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Back on the coast, there were monkeys everywhere. These were larger than the ones we saw earlier. Not very shy. They have a disconcerting habit of having frequent sex with themselves
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I came back from a short walk and this one was trying to get into my tank bag
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Finally to the town of Goris where I found a great place in a banyan forest
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I wanted to see Menjangan island, for the best snorkelling in Bali, if not the world, they say with frequency here. Off we went
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Here. It’s in a national park
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There’s a magnificent statue of Ganesha looking out to sea
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Countless fish live on the narrow rim of coral next to an abyssal drop off. Poor photo, but there are thousands of fish in this shot
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Incredible, never seen anything like it. It’s claimed this is one of the top 5 spots in the world
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I spent two days here and could easily stayed a month
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Looking over the edge into the abyss
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Then over to Java
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The distance across the straight is short, you can see buildings on Java, but the ferries crawl over at maybe 3 or 4 knots, maybe 10 on the water at any time.
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