March 11th, 2009 - I will finally leave Bali......probably. Miracles do happen. I am heading east to Nusa Tenggara, the arc of eastern islands that stretches toward northern Australia. Lombok will be the first stop. I am hoping to head straight to the base of Mt. Rinjani to begin a 3-5 day climb up the volcano but the beach may thwart my plan. I am a little skittish about the climb since I've engaged in very little physical activity over the past month. I've gone south.
In theory the Hindu concept of karma goes a long way toward keeping the less appealing human traits in check. But once I leave here karma may or may not run smack into dogma (i.e. more fundamental elements of Islam). My shiny Harley Davidson-esque motorcycle does nothing to make the transition easier. Might as well as paint a bullseye on my face.