The Cowboys of Bali

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The Cowboys of Bali, Unsung Heroes of the Modern Age</div>
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<p>Oh my god, did you see that guy on the motorcycle just miss a head on collision with that truck by one second?&nbsp; And, yet, he seems to be smiling and continuing down the road as if nothing happened.&nbsp; I have been reflecting on life in Bali and particularly traffic.&nbsp; For many ex-pats and tourists, motorcyclists are the bane of their existence.&nbsp; There are thousands of them, like ants, everywhere on the left, on the right, pulling out of a side street without looking, passing on curves, etc.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Well, I was thinking that these motorcyclists are the cowboys of Bali who were on a bike before they could walk and driving very early on. &nbsp;It is second nature to the Balinese to drive a motorcycle.&nbsp;&nbsp; As I contemplate the increasing number of bikes on the road, I realize that people have to get to work and the majority cannot afford a car.&nbsp; Even if they could, it would create gridlock.&nbsp; So, their only choice is a motorcycle or a bicycle which is not practical when distance is involved. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Rain or shine, these daredevil drivers are on the road from early morning to late at night.&nbsp; They take chances that seem insane, but somehow there is a flow to the traffic and it keeps moving.&nbsp; I watch women with babies and small children driving with a smile.&nbsp; My point is not to glorify crazy driving but to bring some compassion to the situation.&nbsp; As we sit in air-conditioned cars, they are on their bikes with the hot sun beating down on them.&nbsp; It never ceases to amaze me that even in this heat, they are dressed for Siberia.&nbsp; They take their lives in their hands as do those bulehs who also drive motorcycles.&nbsp;</p>
<p>I am willing to bet that there is not one westerner who is living in Bali for a while who doesn&rsquo;t have a Bali tattoo.&nbsp; No, not the kind an artist draws but the result of some accident or another, a scar from a mishap. &nbsp;I also drove bikes for years and figured at some point I was pressing my luck to continue and had better quit while &nbsp;ahead, i.e. while having no serious injuries.&nbsp; When people visit Bali for the first time, I never recommend they rent a bike but use a car and driver if possible.&nbsp; You may think you can handle the traffic okay, but there is always the x factor.&nbsp; My son was the best bike rider I knew and one morning I looked in on him to see blood and bandages and almost had a heart attack.&nbsp; Fortunately, he was not seriously injured but he kept saying to me, &ldquo;Mom, there was nothing I could do, no way to avoid what happened.&rdquo;&nbsp; Precisely as I&rsquo;ve been telling you, even though you are an excellent driver, there is always the possibility of something unexpected and unavoidable.&nbsp; You must drive with prevention in mind.</p>
<p>So, this brings me to a question.&nbsp; Does the bike driver missing the truck by a nano second realize that his life could have ended there?&nbsp; Do the cyclists realize they take their life in their hands every day?&nbsp; Or, are they protected by belief or trust?&nbsp; Maybe a little more driver education is needed so that people understand that if you are following behind another vehicle very closely, and that vehicle stops suddenly, there is no way you can stop in time to avoid an accident.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, if you have a child with no helmet and get hit by another vehicle that you will be powerless to protect that child who could be thrown on the pavement and die from a head injury?? &nbsp;&nbsp;Unfortunately, this does happen and then it is too late for anything but regret and sadness.</p>
<p>On a brighter note, although I haven&rsquo;t got statistics to prove it, I&rsquo;m willing to bet that the accident rate here is less than in a so-called civilized city in the west because things do seem to flow in a certain rhythm.&nbsp; I hope we can all be more compassionate and aware to drive preventively. Keep your eyes open, &nbsp;your brain turned on and, above all, your sense of humor in tact. Okay, I&rsquo;ve got to get to the store before peak traffic time so bye!</p>
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