We have some delicious Dadar Gulung pancakes (I just have to ask for the recipe) and some Balinese coffee with ginger. Right at Sandat we rent a scooter for riding up to the temple of Besakih today and also visit Goa Lawah.
The ride is harder than expected. Busy and winding roads with quite lots of slopes and potholes make the whole thing really exhausting. No way I had found the way on my own. There are hardly any signposts pointing in the right direction. The odor of the engines, the scent of incense, stench of burned (plastic) garbage and smell of food alternate on the way. 2 pleasant odors and 2 disgusting keep themselves in balance. Jing and Jang somehow… or here in Bali Lelong and Barong.
On a very winding road we then see an accident – the police is already on site, but has barely closed the area. A scooter lies right at the cliff next to the road, two persons seem to have been involved in the accident lying covered next to it, loss of control or accident with hit and run? None of them seem to have been wearing any helmet… Uff, I’m driving a bit slower and more cautious now…
We make 2 stops for resting and having lunch. Just before the exit to Besakih, we are be able to enjoy some Babi Guling suckling pig in a warung next to the street. An interesting dish… the pig skin is hard and crispy, the head-parts are greasy. Not quite something I need to eat on regular basis though. The last few kilometers are ahead… on a road that is even less maintained that the ones we drove on before with lots of potholes.
Before entering the area of Besakih, we approach a tiny booth, in which we pay the entry fee as ususal. So far so good. We continue for a while