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The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Cycling Bali

Outfitter Price Accommodations
Adventure Center
800-227-8747, www.adventure-
$650 camping, rustic lodging
800-462-2848, www.backroads
$2.498 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: Leave the honeymoon resorts behind on this 10- to 15-day, 200- to 250-mile pedal through Bali’s interior, a shockingly verdant landscape of steep terraces and active volcanoes, thatch-roofed villages and ancient Hindu temples.

When to go: March, April, October

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: The Backroads trip is luxurious, superbly organized, and pricey. Riders with Adventure Center stay in modest guesthouses, buy their own meals, and improvise the route as they go. Your choice.

High/low points:

  • Plunging into the lotus-strewn spring-fed royal pools of Raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut after a long, sweaty, granny-gear climb.
  • Changing your third tire of the day on the side of the road in the 90 percent humidity.