The most popular shortcut in Bali is located in Canggu. I’ve seen thousands of bike fails on this road. But first of all what and where is the shortcut? Well as the name implies, it is a shortcut from one place to another. It connects Berawa to Batu Bolong. The road leads through the rice fields, which is actually quite nice however it is barely two cars wide. This essentially means the road is meant to be one way but who would want to drive the long way and add an extra 15 minutes to their trip? No one. Not the expats with their drivers nor the tourists in their taxis. So cars will go both ways and in the middle of the rice fields they realize, oops we can’t pass, someone has to go backwards. Like I said, it is a small road and it is elevated from the rice fields. Hence it needs a good driver for this procedure. I should also mention that there are constantly motorbikes trying to get past the cars..
So what happens several times a week? Cars fall into the rice fields. Sucks really bad.
When I first saw a car in the rice fields I was shocked, but after a while, I got used to it. I am mostly on my motorbike so I can still pass the cars. I used to always make fun of the tourists on their motorbikes because it’s not only the cars, which fall in the rice fields. Some motorbikes drive to close to edge and land in the rice fields as well.
Here are my short cut road tips:
- If it’s your first time on a motorbike, don’t drive the shortcut. Practice first.
- Don’t drive the short cut with someone else on your bike, if you are not used to it
- Don’t drive the shortcut at night
- Always wear a helmet (sidenote: I am always wearing a helmet, but for the picture I took it off )
With that being said it sounds like I am the short cut road pro haha well that’s what I thought, but karma is a bitch. I shouldn’t have laughed at all the tourists.
The other day I was driving the road as usual, maybe a little fast because I was late. Ah, and I was wearing a nice dress because I was going on a date. I also needed to bring a second helmet with me and someone told me to attach it to the bar on the back of my bike, which I did. Did I mention the road is bumpy? Well, I don’t know what happened but suddenly I heard a loud bam and my second helmet was in the rice fields in the mud – it’s rainy season. So I was standing there in my nice dress, sweating (felt like it was a hundred degrees) and thinking about how I could get that freaking helmet back.
It wouldn’t be Bali if there wasn’t a nice Balinese person, who stopped just to help me. One of the many reasons I love Bali. The guy stopped and without saying anything, jumped in the rice field, grabbed my helmet, smiled at me and drove away. There is only one thing left to say: Terima Kasih
Shortcut road fails pic by GuGuide