Day 1 – We finally started our SE Asia Tour

After all the blood, sweat, yelling  and tears we are finally on the road. 

We chose a slightly longer route to ride via the Singapore foreshore. It was raining, so we almost had the 5 meter wide cycle path to ourselves.

25 kms laterwe got to the Singapore ferry terminal.

We were a little worried when we saw the size of the ferry, but the crew did an amazing job of fitting the tandems on and didn’t even bat an eyelid when they saw the bikes.

The ferry ride was uneventful and both boys fell asleep. The Malaysian ferry terminal is in the middle of nowhere, so once we left it’s confines it felt like we were by ourselves in the middle of the jungle.

For 25 kms there were no shops and very little traffic. We ended up having lunch on the side of the road from our own reserves.

The quiet road joined to a busy road in the middle of construction. It was narrow and in terrible condition, so we only lasted about 100m until construction workers indicated we should cycle on the new partially built road.

It saved our bacon. Some sections were brand new bitumen, while others were a muddy mess, but the workers didn’t seem to mind us riding on it.

To see our ride stats in more detail see:

Goodbye Denmark 

I wanted this trip to be a bonding experience that would strengthen us as a family. Clearing out 12 years of junk and cleaning up the house has already been a bonding experience. There was some raised voices and nashing of teeth but in the end we all worked well together.  

I would like to give a hugh thankyou to the peolpe who turned up at the last minute to help. Belinda who brought her ute, Jules who lifted heavy stuff with Allister, James who helped with tip shop stuff, Nanny M who roasted pork, Keir who cleaned my dishes, Marnie who made me laugh just when I needed it and Maz for absolutely everything. 

The bikes

I have had a few people asking me about the bikes. Here is a picture of them resting after a big ride in Bali.  They were made by Bike Friday and they are designed for travelling. The seat and handlebar posts are telescopic and the frame can be broken down into three parts for ease of packing. The 20 inch wheels and low bike frame create an overall, low centre of gravity. This results in the bike being very stable, especially when they are fully loaded with panniers.