As we were supposed to be having a holiday and a break from everything, I wasn't allowed to take my camera with me on this trip. I usually holiday with about 30-50kg of camera equipment and it is at constant risk of being damaged, stolen etc. Not to mention I get obsessed about getting to locations, dangerous places/situations to get that shot! So I was banned from taking any, since the lil lady was paying for the trip I had to oblige so we both could have a relaxing time.
So as with most of the shots in this section of the blog they are shot with my Iphone. I didn't take as many photos as I normally would or get some of the thing I would love to have recorded.
Bali isn't coping so well with the influx of people, and the roads certainly aren't handling the extra vehicles. 40% of Bali's population are transient tourists. A lot of these come from indonesia and bring their cars by ferry. The locals have 3 types of vehicle, Mini Van for work as a personal tour driver, Taxis (legit 20% & scammers 80%) and the majority are what they refer to as motorbikes (to us they would be scooters). Not much of the two wheeled transport is over 200cc most much less. Also not much is manual, most of the scooters are automatic and having ridden both in their traffic, see good reason why. I had a regular cramp in my left hand from pulling the clutch while riding the Tiger.
|There are some cool shed built creations to be seen and some marvellous feats defying all laws of physics to saty in one piece! I wonder if you could get away with riding one of these to school under the motorised push bike regs???|
Here are some pics pinched from the net to show what some of the contraptions are like as I didn't manage to snap any.
|There are no road rules as we know them. Basic rules:|
1. If a car hits a bike, the car is at fault
2. If you run into the back of a vehicle you are at fault. This leads to people pulling onto the road in front of you without looking.
Typical intersection everyone just creeps in until you can navigate out the other side.
|Law is only 2 people allowed on a bike. This doesn't appear to be enforced on the locals.|
|They carry anything and everything on these babies! A regular sight was a 6ft A frame ladder sitting between rider & pillion,, pointing straight up.|
I saw these amazing Rat Bike Vespas with side cars these things were so low the would regularly shoot sparks from the undercarriage. The photos below are the closest I can find from Bali that are even close to what I saw. These are way more conservative than the ones I saw. Really wish I had gotten a shot of them. They always passed going the opposite direction and fast!
Back to my photos………...
|What the miss'us wore on the bike…Some time shorter skirts, she had fun using me as a shield to get of the bike so she didn't give a free show. Her feet didn't touch the ground and I had to lean the bike over for her to get off.|
|NYE Gatorade for me Smirnoff for her!|
|Ubud, first bike. Automatic Scooter. Great for traffic jams, and can store a lot of shopping between your feet, a bit wobbly at slow speeds and not really quick.|
|Lots of old VW combis, 60's stlye fibreglass dune buggies and little jeeps.|
|Street Art…….Reminded me of our Husky.|