We pulled out of Seminyak, Bali's posh playground, late on a Tuesday afternoon. We'd planned to be on the road much earlier, but circumstances conspired against us, and we wound up leaving at 5:00 p.m.
Driving on the island of Bali is something best left to the locals, but if you aren't easily deterred, it can be done. What you want to avoid is (1) driving at night and (2) in the rain. With our departure from Seminyak at 5:00 pm we assured ourselves of driving at night. Shortly thereafter, it began to rain