Spending Your Seniority on Two Wheels
69-year-old Balinese Tourism Leader Leaving on Four Month Motorcycle Adventure Across Asia.
Husband, father, grandfather, accomplished hotelier, and tourism industry leader are all accolades that could be laid at the name of Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya the owner of the Segera Village Hotel in Bali – one of the Island’s oldest locally-owned and managed boutique properties. Over a long and distinguished career and having reached the venerable age of 69, you might think now would be the time for “Pak Ngurah” to enjoy a well-earned retirement by putting his feet up and relaxing a bit.
Yes, you might think that way. But, you’d be wrong.
Pak Ngurah, a man who keeps fit by walking and cycling on a daily basis, is preparing to embark on May 7th on the adventure of a lifetime by navigating a "big bike" through hundreds of town and villages in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asiaover four month period.
Although leaving on an extended journey, in truth, Ngurah Wijaya is inseparable from the Island he loves. The former head of the Bali Tourism Board, Ngurah will be using his epic journey to promote Bali tourism to the many places he will visit.
As reported by NusaBali, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, more popularly known as “Gus Wijaya” has mapped out a course that will lead him through 20 countries in Asia during his 4 months of motorcycle travel.
Leaving Bali on May 7, 2019, Gus Wijaya will cross the Bali Straits to Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java. From Semarang he’ll board and inter-island ferry together with his motorcycle to the Port of Pontianak in West Kalimantan. Once there, he’ll cross the border in Sarawak passing through Kota Kuching before boarding another ship to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
From Malaysia the sojourn continues to Chang Rai and Chang Mai in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Laos, and finally return to Bali.
“For me, age is not a barrier to adventure. I am ready to travel across Asia on a motorcycle,” said Gus Wijaya who is the father of three and the grandfather of three with his wife, Ida Wijaya.
Certain he is fit for the trip ahead, Ngurah Wijaya proudly relates how he cycles an average of 40 kilometers each day and visits a gym 3 times a week.
In traveling across Asia while promoting Bali, Ngurah Wijaya said: “Indonesia is the most beautiful country in the world, with a good and friendly people. As a Balinese, I will be doing what I can to promote tourism.”
Gus Wijaya has prepared Rp. 200 million for his four month journey – all from his personal funds to be used to pay for fuel, food and accommodation. He also revealed that he plans to camp at some locations along the route.
Accompanying Ngurah Wijaya on the journey is an old friend and fellow Balinese, I Nyoman Batu.