Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At the toll stations they have these paved detour paths for the motorcycles!

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    It is very hot and humid and we stink. So it was a quick shower and out to the pub for some [​IMG], snack, and darts! We dragged ourselves to bed after midnight.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This morning we rode a few km from the hotel for an Indian breakfast and then north east to Ringlet thru the Cameron Highlands. It is a lovely 18 degrees up here!

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is mountain riding and thru the Malaysian tea region. We did visit one tea plantation ( BOH Sungai Palais Tea Center) that is accessed by this very narrow winding road with 2 way traffic. This meant some pulling way over and squeezing by. It was packed with school holiday families and so we snapped a few picks and left.


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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We rode out again and then to the nearby town for some tea of course. Here we ran into some fellow riders from Singapore that have been all over SE and mid Asia on they bikes. They were in Iran and the Stans this summer as well.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We continued over the mountains again to stop at a very famous local spot for lunch at 3 pm. On weekends it is mobbed with bikers. They serve fire grilled chicken, curry, and sticky rice cooked in bamboo!


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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were leaving the restaurant and there was a huge non-moving line of vehicles that was not there half an hour ago. This turned out to be a 10 km long grid lock resulting from a semi trailer/van head on with the semi turned over in the middle of the town of Bentong spilling it’s load of cooking oil (slippery). We split the lanes and rode in the oncoming lane until we got about 2 km and into the town proper, where 5 lanes of vehicles were stopped and not even the mopeds could get thru. Here we did not move for 15 min in the oppressive heat and humidity. Luckily before we immolated we began to move. This meant more weaving, splitting, riding on the shoulder, riding on the sidewalk, and then oncoming lane until we finally made it past the accident. It was then back to the main road and then the highway and a 20 km ride to the exit to the village of Janda Baik where we were staying at a biker camp housed in a traditional Malay home.


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    We did have a few wrong turns on the way there and when the GPS said “driving on the hiking trail” it should have been a hint. A phone call later and we made it onto the correct road to the house where we arrived pretty hot and tired after 338 km. It is situated by a bubbling creek and the only other noises are the geckos and frogs. The best part is there is no WIFI!

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set out from the home stay and road back to the main road with the plan to get 256 km to Melaka (Malacca).


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    First item on the agenda was to head up to the Genting highlands for breakfast at Coffee bean and Tea Leaf.


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    We were shocked to see the amazing 6 lane divided highway up to the mountain top, which is covered with hotels and casinos all owned by the same company.

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    The ride up and down is pretty nice with huge sweeping turns and some switch backs.


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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did not have to go into Kl, but the weather is so nice today and the forecast for the weekend when we plan to be back in not great. This was actually quite fast to get in and then out in the middle of the day. We made directly for the Twin Petronas towers for the iconic photo op.


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  9. Sprocket Man

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    Incredible journey, loving the updates and photos! Can I ask the make of your mesh style luggage net? I take it it's lockable? Apologies if you've been asked already, cheers
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much. Pac safe mesh. Yes lockable. Multiple sizes and slightly too big better than too small. Sara

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We rode south past Port Dickson and stopped for a rest at the beach near Si Rusa.


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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Stopping for cold drinks and bags of fruits we did not recognize and had not tasted before!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we then headed south to the old city of Melaka (Malacca) after 256 km. This town is full of tourists that have come to see the old English, Dutch, and Portuguese settlement. We enjoyed a traditional fish hot pot for dinner and then the very touristic 3 wheel bike tour of the city.

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  14. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Thanks once again. Fantastic travels help me through the long winter here.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I know I see global warming has halted in the Great White North!!! Hope to see you in TO this summer??
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are riding to the southern most point of Continental Europe at Tanjung Piai and will be joined by Apis and his wife Azizah who are friends of Faizals.

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    We went the faster way on the highway as it is 260 km just to the point. More fun moto toll detours.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You exit the highway with 56 km to go on the secondary roads. When we got to the parking they would not let us ride the bikes up the ramp to the monument. Actually Faizal did ride his, but the security guard ran over right away to kick him out. So we all walked over for the “end of the road” picture. Not exactly the epic Inuvik/Ushuaia/Cabo San Vicente/Nord Kapp photo we planned.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have been invited to the home of Apis and Azizah for the night in their town near Ayar Tawar. This route is mostly secondary highway, but there is a lot of traffic. This meant some Asian motorcycle driving skills were needed especially for 5 big bikes, 3 of which have luggage. This is riding at speed in heavy traffic with passing on the left and right, and splitting. So it was a bit stressful at times, but exciting as well. After 6 months in Asia we are pretty agile.


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    The family lives in a small enclave in the south east of Malaysia and they kindly offered to host the 4 of us for the night.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Their house is near their fish farm where we went to catch our dinner. We had a fun evening trading war stories from around the world and Faizal and Andy scared Apis with their GS Trophy experiences into starting his training for the Mongolia GST next summer.

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  20. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Ha, very nice and you look quite at home in the Frozen bike Sara:photog
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