We booked two nights on Pangkor Island so that we could have a rest day. When we chose a hotel on Pangkor, we did not consider the elevation of the road to it. Because it was on the coast we assume the road would be flat. We were wrong. There were two small hills along the coast, the only problem with them was their gradient. The warning signs said 10% gradient but Allister and I both agree that it was more like 14%. Needless to say we made it up and over them but there was a little bit of swearing and sweating.
When we got to our hotel it was beautiful. White sandy beaches with blue water and hardly anyone else around. We played on the beach and drank fruit smoothies all day long.
Cycling today on some back roads. We went through palm plantations on gravel roads and it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. We had a long stretch of no villages so we were in need of a rest stop but there was no good place other than the side of the road. We decided that we would stop at the first place we came to. Eventually we reached a little food stall on the side of a road. It seemed to be run by an Indian guy. He did not speak any English so he made one of his other customers, who spoke English, serve us. We had ice tea and the best curry puffs I have ever had. They were perfect. Tasty but not too hot. The filling was a really nice texture and the pastry was amazing. He only had 6 and we eat them all. The other customers were laughing at us. I can only assume they were laughing because we demolished his supply of curry puffs in about 5 minutes flat.
The beach was beautiful. We were lucky that we got there when we did, because mum had Heat Stroke.We went straight down and had a swim. It was very nice.
Took off later than normal because we saw the New Year in at an amusement park with a bunch of local chemical engineering students. In the photo below you can see Robert and Patrick terrorising them in the bumper cars.
Hot day of cycling, but had a great tail wind. Saw our first cycle group, but we were having an ice cream stop, so didn’t get to say ‘Hi’.
Check out my ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/817421767/