The Most Amazing Short-cut… Bali Indonesia 48

Meet and greet.

I was watching the sunset on Balian Beach in Tabanan. The sun was about to hit the horizon and a local man started a countdown from 10. When he hit one, the sun vanished and I looked over at him.

At first glance, the first impression of this local man was… He is a badass biker with his tattoos and little mustache.  However, as many first impressions go, I was wrong.

Upon saying hello and the usual “oh you speak Indonesian? How long you have been here?” and the always asked “Where are you from” out of the way we talked for a bit.  He knew where I was staying after I had told him who my Airbnb host was.

Chit chat.

The locals are always curious and want to know what brought you here and why. My location is mostly for surfers and not long-term stays as I was doing. Some foreigners live here full time and have fallen in love with the area as I have.

As we chatted, my new friend’s friend was busy bathing his dogs in the river, using shampoo from a little sachet as he would himself. With the dogs cleaned up he came to see us as well.

My newfound friend works as a driver and sometimes in the fields. When I told him I was going back to the Seminyak area, he asked if I knew about the shortcut.

The shortcut!

If you had read my previous blogs, traffic in Bali, Island of the Gods can be God awful. So, when I hear a shortcut and it’s from a local, I listen.

He told me about this road and when I looked it up, I couldn’t find it. Aha, I had to switch my Google maps to “Motorcycle” mode and the road came up. That is a good sign. No cars mean no trucks and that is the main problem on the main road that connects Bali to Java.

Well, I had to try this shortcut even though the time to get to my destination was similar. My new friend said that this was going through small towns and rice fields. I began thinking about all the beautiful pictures that could be taken here.

The Road?!

When I set off on this new shortcut, I gave myself extra time for the photos I may stop and take. Off I went with Google maps.

The first part of the shortcut began about 10 minutes into my trip. I turned off the main road towards the “short cut” Off the main road I went down a hill to a small road about 3 meters wide and soon it shrunk to 2 meters and as I went further it scaled down to about one and a half meters wide.

It was a cement road and quite ok. Oddly enough there were signs to Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. Then, things got a little more exciting.

This is on Google maps.

Who Google Mapped This Place?

My road led me through some incredible scenery. Amazingly beautiful rice fields and truly hidden temples. One of the temples has the most amazing statues. They stand about 10 meters high. I was stunned to find it in the middle of nowhere, where cars are not allowed.

But then back to the road. About 1 kilometer of this road was not a road. This was dirt, grass, and bits of cement here and there, a pothole-filled path that I do not consider a road. It is a path carved from one field to another to create another shortcut. I am sure the person that google mapped this road had the same thought. So please see the photos of this amazing shortcut. If you are in Bali, find take the road less traveled and you will be amazed.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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