In Bali, everyone is a tour operator and it's often difficult to know whom to trust and make a deal. We lucked out with the recommendation to go through baligobike.com for our bike ride down the mountain; it was simply THE BEST! There are several larger tour operators who run similar rides and offer different amenities, but baligobike, and our guide, g'day, were awesome. There were only a few of us on the ride (6) and we first stopped near the lake and crater for a light breakfast and breathtaking view. Next, we were dropped off on our bikes complete with gloves and helmets, and began our nearly 4 hour journey mostly down the mountain. En route we stopped to chat with working artisans in small villages, learn about rice production, temple customs, and Balinese culture. We ended back near Ubud in a smaller family compound for a delicious traditional homemade, family served lunch. The only difficult part of the tour was a small detour through a very narrow forested area with a single width tire pathway that was slightly difficult to maneuver. After an embarrassing fall, I picked myself up, bucked up, and wheeled onward, just a little muddied. The best part of the day was the delightful insights G'day offered throughout the journey. In perfect English he answered everyone's questions and never once lost his brilliant smile- he could be a model for the finest Hollywood dentist. In general the Balinese are the happiest, most helpful, easygoing people on the planet and G'day was an exemplary host! Put this adventure #1 on your to-do list in Bali. Heck, they make it so easy... they pick you up and drop you off right at your hotel!
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