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hitch hike to Bali

with police assistance

rain 27 °C
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Thursday 7th March 1985.
Balinese Temple

Balinese Temple

Well! I didn’t leave Gillimanuk until this morning, and then it was on my own two feet, after 24 hours hanging around. All the lorry drivers were waiting patiently for the police to drop their 'fee' at the roadblock 500 yards up the road. Enjoyed the lorry drivers company, and kept thinking we were about to leave. Considerable language barrier. My two Balinese friends were very polite. The driver, Wayan, was from Lombok, he kicked his mate out so that I’d have room to sleep.
 Eventually I say goodbye and walk up the road to just passed the road block, but the road is not busy and there are no lifts. After a while the policeman moves me next to his hut so that he can talk English to me in front of his men. Swaggers about feeling more and more important and stops a lorry to put me on. It is going to Negara. As in all Indonesia 6 men do the work of one, pay is poor but well distributed. The police boost theirs with bribes.
 Lunch in Negara and catch minibus for 800 rupiahs, a good price as it is 100 km to Denpasar.

Get very fed up wandering around Denpasar looking for Post Office. The map is out of date. Get directed to a sub Post Office so am unable to collect my mail. Catch Kuta minibus in pouring rain at 7 pm. Cheer myself up with a large beer and explore most of Kuta, find private room and mandi with banana breakfast for 2000 rupiahs, sleep, exhausted.

Posted by 1985 trip 12:04 Archived in Indonesia

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