Rain, puddles, grit and heat stroke.

We have not had WiFi for a couple of days so there is a lot of stories to tell. 

Yesterday it rained and rained and rained. We were all soaked through, and I am talking about every nook and cranny was wet. Due to all of the puddles, we were also covered in grit. For 35km it rained, then suddenly it stopped and the sun came out with avengeance. It was hot. Really really hot. The black bitumen was like a stove top. The boys were going strong but I developed a headache that made me nauseated. I pushed through but with only 5km from our destination, I started to not be able to see properly.  The boys were great.  They poured water on my head while Allister rode ahead to get a cold drink for me.  I had to stop three times in the last 5km but we finally made it to the most beautiful spot so far. Umang-Umang Chalet  (baby turtle chalet). Right on the beach with mangrove trees all around.  Really lovely. I floated in the ocean until my headache subsided. 

During our ride yesterday we also tried another short cut. It was all looking really good until we were stopped by soldiers with guns.  We were told that we were not allowed to proceed because it was a military base. We had to ride all the way back to the main road. This time it was my fault.  Maps.me advised us to not go that way but I could see that the road went through. It did, but it was a no go zone. 

One thing I have noticed is that the further we get away from Johor, the friendlier people have become.  People are constantly waving, smiling and calling out greatings. It is really nice. 

Malacca was an interesting city with a rich history and welcoming to tourists.  The river running through the center of town is like a canal in Europe with building foundations defining the banks of the river.  We had a rest day in Malacca and rather than rest the boys wanted to do something. We talked about the different touristy things to do but in the end we decided on ten pin bowling. We caught an Uber for the first time and travelled 12km out of the city to have two games of bowls. What fun!!

Until our next WiFi. 


New year and noodles

Spent new years with a group of locals that we met. Fireworks at a Wild Wild West theme park. Probably the strangest new year’s I have ever had.

When we arrived in Malacca after a hot ride we were told be another local that the noodles down the road from our hotel were great. He was correct. Four bowls later we were all stuffed.

Day 5 – Tampin to Melaka

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/