Hi my beloved friends… How are you today..?
Hope I finds you well. I am back again to continue the story of our last adventure to Pengotan, Bangli regency. Please enjoy….!
Last synopsys :
We start from the meeting point at 8.45 WITA by normal cruise following Jl. Cok Agung Trisna, Jalan Puputan, Jalan Hang Tuah, and entering Jalan By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai Padang Galak, U turn to Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, Ketewel and will use the regular route to the east side of Gianyar City thru Tulikup village.
I am pretty happy to realized that so far the trip are in order as like what we plan.
Now about the route.
This is the first touring of KTI Bali after a few months. I personally very happy that this journey can be a real one as I am not pretty sure that this plan can be real due to most of the members are busy with their own activities or with their family. I really really happy with this journey.
We are still in Jalan By Pass Tohpati – Nusa Dua, when my mobile rang. It was from Pak Ketut Suarno of Baliwoso. He asking do we have move on to Pengotan?
“Selamat pagi Pak Dewa. Where is the position of the convoy this time…?” He asks me.
“Selamat pagi Pak Ketut. Thank you for your phone call. We are on the way and still in Jalan By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai and will turn to Jl. Ida Bagus Mantra, Ketewel.” I said over the phone.
“Ach OK. Just follow the main road and find direction to Tulikup village after the cross road of Pantai Saba.” He said again.
“Please come to my home first. We stop over in my home and had a coffee break before continue the journey”. He mentions.
“Ok. Pak Ketut. It could be will reach your home in an hour”. I said while I still controlling the steering wheel to fix in the right trek forward.
We driving with normal cruise to avoid any accident as the road quiet crowded.
We are now entering Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra which is the ending of the Denpasar city against Gianyar regency. Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra is built to make a short cut to Gianyar, Klungkung and Karangasem regency. Thru this way we may each Klungkung or Semarapura and the last east of Bali Island regency Karangasem faster. Almost 2 hours faster than if we must go thru the regular main road. Before this road built, we must go thru Gianyar city which is a smaller wide road than this road. The name of Professor Ida Bagus Mantra taken from the name of the second Governor of Bali.
Along of this road, now a days is become a center of the stone carved and furniture antique and some other goods for the Balinese art. Even now also there is plenty of the traditional “warong “ which serve the fish grilled and “fish satay” called “sate languan” with serve in hot spicy taste. We can try it later on just to experience. Hah hah.
Back to the journey, we are now entering the road to the Tulikup village, which is the short cut to Bangli regency. The digital clock in the console box displayed 9.15 Bali time, while take to another half an hour to reach Pengotan village. We will stop to Pak Ketut Suarno home as he invite just now.
We continue driving passing the Tulikup village and entering the Taman Bangli in the normal cruise about 60 kilometers per hour in speed. And in a few minutes we entering the capitol of Bangli regency, and start to slowly because of the activities of the people. We just passing the hospital and continuing the driving out of the city and start entering the Kubu village. We expecting will reach Pengotan village in the next 25 minutes.
To avoid miss direction, I call Pak Ketut Suarno and explaining that we just passing Kubu village and ask his opinion.
“ Pak Ketut we are now in Kubu village. Please advise me how long will reach your home and what is the signage of your home.” I asked hm.
“Well Pak Dewa. Just follow the main road. It is closed now. It is only about 10 kilometers a head. You will find the gasoline station in your left side. That is the Pengotan village”. He said again.
“Just continue a head. I will ask my staff to waiting in front of my home area. There is a Daihatsu Taft park in front of my home and one of my staff waiting for your there.” He said again.
“Ah, OK Pak Ketut. It is great…” I replied.
I then inform to all the members thru the radio communication about the clue and to have a look in front on the left side.
In about 10 minuet, finally we found the gasoline in our left side and we then slowly driving and yes about 2 kilometers after the Gasoline Station we then see the Taft Jeep parking in the left side of the main road, and one guy raise his hand from the jeep and give us a sign to turn and entering the yard of the house. Finally we reach Pak Ketut home at 9.37 Bali time.
After parking our vehicle we then jump out of the car and Pak Ketut Suarno welcoming us and we shaking hands and entering the home. The home is in a natural as like most people village has, with a wide yard some building. There is a kitchen building in the south side, the main building of the beds room in the east side and in the north is a building call “bale daje” mostly use to host the guests. There also a antique building with in our forefather use to safe the paddy called “jineng “ or “klumpu” or “lumbung” in bahasa.
Pak Ketut and his staff and relative escort us to “bale daje”. And in few minutes we have been preparing a hot original Balinese coffee and two plate of Balinese French fries” Hah hah hah, It is the fries sweet potato taken from Pak Ketut Suarno field. It was planted in organic. There is none chemical used for every plantation in Pengotan.
We enjoy the sweet potato as taste so sweet nice. Companying with hot Balinese black coffee is delicious and make us more fresh with spirit., while we discuss and talking about our trip from Denpasar to Pengotan.
We quickly had the coffee and the fries sweet potato as we must a hurry the adventure tour as we plan to have a lunch in Baliwoso camping site at 13.00 Bali time.
We take some picture in here and prepare to the journey. I suggest a ladies and the children to the rest room to avoid stop in the forest to find the rest room.
Before start, I ask Andhika to take my seat to drive my Black Trooper as I need his opinion about the engine, the suspension and the torsion in order to make a list of what must improve later on.
By 9.53 Bali time we start move from Pak Ketut Suarno to the trek and realized we must back trek to the Gasoline Station and start the journey from the pathways nearby. Apparently, the pathways seem declining and surrounding by the cabbage and the tangerine field. We driving slowly to keep it on the trek as well to maintain the distance among the vehicle.
Pak Ketut Suarno staff lead in front of us riding Kawasaki D-Tracker as a pathfinder and a companying by one guy as a photographer and cameraman to filming the journey.
So far so good and every things are run smoothly as like what we plan earlier. We keep rolling and communicate each other on the 2 meter band radio communication.
The surround seem very interesting fresh and greeny as the green green grass and green trees everywhere. We keep rolling while I take a picture by my mobile and SLR to memorize the journey.
In front of me is Pak Rumpika with his Grey Trooper powered by C223 standard. He bring all of his family, wife, and 2 children and 1 infant. Back from this journey he will continue to visit his family in other village of Bangli regency in Sulahan, about a few kilometers from Pengotan. He very enthusiast join to this trip.
While, following in my back, is Putu Andy with his Series Long Land Rover green army with the original engine. I am quiet wondering when in the main road, his Landy run so fast and seem so powerful and I just thought that it have been swap the engine by 4JB1T or others.
While on the last is Pak Agung with his FJ40 Red Maroon. Not worries with FJ40 a legendary Land Cruiser. He drives pretty cool and climbs the trek easily. He he he…
We have been drive for about half an hour in the trek. So far the trek is a dust and a bit wet, then with a coral mixed the sand and in other part only the wet grass with the dew on it.
Suddenly, Pak Ketut stop his Silver Hi Roof Trooper which is make all of us stop and watch what is going on. I jump out of the Trooper and walk to reach him, but he only need to check whether all the members are safe. He he he..
After almost 1 and half an hour, we out from the forest and entering the asphalt with surrounding by the corn field and see Pak Ketut stop his Hi Roof Silver Trooper and following by Yande with his Hi Roof Black Trooper. While 3 Taft of Pak Ketut staff seem already been parking there.
We stop the car and jump out and come to Pak Ketut. He smile and approaching me and said :
“Lets take a rest and coffee break in this cottage.” He said.
“This is my brother field.” “We take a coffee break and a steam sweet corn prepared by my brother.” He said.
We stop and take a coffee and steam corn to refresh.
We enjoy a steam corn and a coffee for refresehment. Thanks for the coffee break Pak Ketut. We enjoy it very much yuor courtessy and the sweet corn. It is really really amazing day we have.
(to be continued)