Headwinds.

12 January – Bali Boutique – Roadside motel - 113 km

I left on a heavily overcast morning and into a brisk headwind. I have not cycled into a headwind for ages, but I guess your time is your time. Headwinds never make for pleasant cycling, and again I did not stop often but kept at the task at hand. I did, however, stop to buy steamed palm cakes from the friendly lady by the roadside, just to keep my head in the game, as cycling into a headwind is indeed a head game.

As always, I passed some rather interesting shrines and temples, but the most interesting was the Suan Mokkh Garden of Liberation. Founded in 1932 by a Buddhist monk, his goal was to teach basic Buddhism. The monk founded Suan Mokkh after giving up the monastic system in Bangkok. He found the Wats dirty, crowded, and corrupt. He dedicated the remainder of his life to following the pristine Dhamma. Suan Mokkh is a forest monastery. As true Suan Mokkh can only be found within a silent mind, the complex is situated on 60 hectares of land at the foothills of the Phutta Thong Hill. What I like most is that people are encouraged to hug the trees and talk to the stones. I love that! I think I will return to this place. The visit was just what I needed to quiet my mind, and the rest of the way I was more relaxed albeit still riding into the wind.

In our country you always have. Those are our mountains. A beautiful view and great capture.
posted January 12th, 2018  
Like a postcard, awesome!
posted January 12th, 2018  
bep
Gorgeous picture!
'Headwinds make you strong', my mother used to say, when we complained about the strong headwinds where we, children, had to deal with when riding to and from school.
posted January 12th, 2018  
Lovely scene and capture
posted January 12th, 2018  
Lovely scenery
posted January 12th, 2018  
Beautiful country. Loved your story and am impressed with your unique life journey.
posted January 12th, 2018  
Awesome shot and story Leana! It does look like a very peaceful place to get on track again 😉
posted January 12th, 2018  
Incredible landscape and love the editing.
posted January 12th, 2018  
Let me put it like this.... I hate headwinds! Picture nice though!
posted January 12th, 2018  
Great landsape and edit. ... Take off your shoes!
posted January 12th, 2018  
Great shot and story.
posted January 12th, 2018  
Lovely lush landscape and neat story
posted January 12th, 2018  
Wonderful commentary & information. Gorgeous picture. Fav.
posted January 13th, 2018  
You can really feel the peace in this shot - what amazing scenery. Enjoyed reading the background.
posted January 13th, 2018  
What an amazing spot. Glad it fed you
posted January 13th, 2018  
Look at that sky, lovely capture... I so enjoy your narratives, Leana
posted January 13th, 2018  
So good to see your images and follow your narrative.
posted January 13th, 2018  
A perfect place to rejuvenate.
posted January 13th, 2018  
For a glance I though it was the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast Queensland Beautiful
posted January 13th, 2018  
Be gone headwinds! What a lovely capture. I hope it's calmer for you today.
posted January 13th, 2018  
I loved the pic and now love the calm :)
posted January 13th, 2018  
Looks very humid there. Rich foliage.
posted January 13th, 2018  
Awesome shot
posted January 13th, 2018  
Kind of looks like one of those old Tarzan movies.
posted January 14th, 2018  
I love the look of this -- reminds me of the song Bali Hai with the mist and mystery. Fav.
posted January 14th, 2018  
Beautiful and grand story line. I like the head game concept.
posted January 14th, 2018  
Love the POV. Such an interesting story.
posted January 14th, 2018  
Beautiful scenery. Sometimes it's the hardest part of the journey that enables us to find rest. I'm glad you found some here.
posted January 17th, 2018  
Finally somewhere where being called a tree-hugger would be a positive comment !
posted January 17th, 2018  
A great way to quiet the mind! This is a beautiful and exotic scene! Well done!
posted January 19th, 2018  
💖💖💖
posted January 19th, 2018  
What a phenomenal photo! Everything about this shot is phenomenal! This is one of my favorites of yours!

Sorry about those headwinds. We get them out here where I live, and I just don’t even want to ride on those days!!!
posted January 29th, 2018  
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