Day #112, country #14 of the trip, 43 of a lifetime
Stopped to take rice paddy photo this morning, and this guy hops on the footboard of my motorbike. At first I considered shooing him away, but he seemed so gentle, so I thought, what’s the harm?
So there I am riding the motorbike with my legs jumping-jacked open because he’s taking up my foot space, we’re coasting along and he had the nerve to start barking at a couple of stray dogs by the side of the road
These road dogs don’t like that, so they start running at us baring their teeth. I had no choice but to speed up with visions of teeth marks in my ankle.
Rather than give up, the dogs speed up too. All these other motorbikes are cutting in front of me and my hitchhiker is just barking his head off.
Finally we lose the other dogside get and I decide to boot my trouble maker. When I try to pull over there’s a snake with a triangular head weaving across the asphalt. Of course hitchhiker barked at it too.
A few feet down the road I finally nudge him out. He snaps at a few other dogs and hits the beach just a few feet away.
I sat down in the sand and watched him meet up with friends, take a dip in the ocean and pick more fights.
Dogs in Canguu, Bali really have social agendas all their own. What was clear was that my hitchhiker probably pulled that get-a-ride trick as often as he could.
What Devon Discovered: No matter how cute the face, when someone says, “Hey Girl, can I get a ride from the side of the road, you know you’re going to run into trouble.”