After braving the monkey forest, it was time to do some exploring and a little bit of exercising. Insert cycle tour. The beginning of the tour started with a stop at a spice garden for a coffee and tea tasting. All signs pointed to delicious. After sipping on some delicious refreshments, we stopped for breakfast complete with amazing view of Mount Batur which is an active volcano. It was important we get some energy in us because I had no idea we were about to embark on a such a serious mountain biking tour. 12 miles to be exact. The tour started all downhill. Easy, breezy. We stopped at a local family home to experience Balinese living. Now this is where things start to get challenging. Uphill, downhill, narrow paths, gear changes etc. I was sweating like a mad woman but gladly tearing into the exercise. We stop at an area where they are cleaning up from a cremation ceremony from days past. We hike down into the mountainside where there are ancient ruins covered in earth and moss. A lovely sight.
The clean up is still smoldering as decorations are being dismantled. After a lot of gear changing, the landscape began to even out as we cycled through rice paddies. We stopped along the way to get up close and personal to those working the fields. The tour ended with lunch where after having worked up a good sweat, I happily threw back another es campur dessert drink. As if the day wasn't already filled with amazing adventure and experiences, the day ended with heading over to see a live performance of the Kecak.
Basically this was one of the most amazing days.