Monday, 1 December 2014

Thank you

My last few days in Indonesia were spent in Bali with Jonathan, Imelda and their 4 lovely Beagles Minx, Max, Dylan and Bella! They all had to get a mention as they have all kept me highly entertained in between my shipping stresses and general running around.

To be honest most of my time here was spent sorting the shipping debacle after the company I was dealing with (Green Air - Don't use them!!) palleted my bike and then tried to charge me 3 times the weight of the bike. It took two days to sort out the long sordid mess and a lot of effort and emotion went in to finding a solution.  It was not the perfect solution as I still ended up paying a lot more than I had originally calculated but we had to move forward and I had no time to find another agent. I have come out slightly wiser and slightly greyer but we are on our way! 

Imelda and Johnathan were determined that my whole time in Bali would not go without some relaxation time in this beautiful part of the world and so they surprised me with a treat. Imelda had arranged for me to stay at one of the Waka resorts where she works as Marketing Communications Manager. I couldn't believe it. Not only that but I would travel over to the Island with Waka Sailing on their Catamaran. 

Saturday morning and I was collected from the house and driven to the doc where I met the crew and the other passengers. It turned out there would just be four of us on this particular voyage. There was me, a Korean couple on their honeymoon and an American lady who lived in Indonesia working for the US government. We got on really well and the 2 hour crossing was a real pleasure with the crew looking after us extremely well. It turns out this lady had owned a couple of bikes in the past (she apologised for the fact that they were Harley’s and I accepted! Each to their own! ). It was a fairly rough crossing but we loved it and sat on top with the wind in our hair and the sun on our back.

The Nusa Bay Resort is on the Island of Lambongan just off the coast of Bali. The Wallace line runs between the two. Its a tiny little island with white beaches and blue skies and I knew as soon as I arrived that I would not find it difficult to relax.

I spent the weekend snorkelling, reading, sunbathing (Yes ME sunbathing!!!) and eating the great food that was on offer. In fact I had the best Tuna steak I have ever had and served by candlelight as I looked out over the stunning shoreline and out to sea.  I didn't even leave the resort it was just so nice to chill. 

My room was a stunning little round house with a grass roof and the bed was draped in white linen which made me feel very spoilt indeed! It was certainly a stark contrast from some of my experiences in Asia and it gave me time to reflect on the last 8 months before my hop over to Australia to start on the next leg. More on that later but for now I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jonathan and Imelda and to all the staff at Nusa Bay Resort for making my last weekend very special indeed. I wouldn't have changed a thing!

Now it's time to board my plane! See you in Australia! 


  1. Imelda, I and the beagles were so happy to have you visit us, Steph. As I said: the next time you're in Indonesia, but have a little more time, we'll ride out East and see the Komodo Dragons, volcanoes and, maybe, we can get you SCUBA diving in Raja Empat.
    Missing you already. So, keep the rubber side down, watch out for suicidal roos, don't eat too many bum-nuts, but have a great time in the Outback.

  2. Green Air !!! must have thought you were green when they upped the price. after your stay on the island I am surprised you wanted to leave lol. have a safe trip to Australia xx

  3. Hello Steph
    I have been following your blog. Very cool what you are doing.
    I even spotted you on a new honda true adventure u tube video ..
    A bunch of us also ride CRF 250 l 's all around South Africa. Great bikes !
    Enjoy OZ and if you are ever over in SA look us up and we can show you some great trails.
    Angus Welch

  4. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumble upon every day. It’s always helpful to read through articles from other authors and practice a little something from their websites.