26 October – 10 November, 2013 – After another ugly day on busy roads we safely arrived in ugly Seremban to spend almost a week there as we still had too much time to kill. One day we cycled to Sri Menanti, the royal capital of Negeri Sembilan and visited the beautiful old palace. The village is located in the middle of a mountain range and getting there was quite a ride. But we were rewarded by beautiful surroundings and views and despite getting wet on our way back it’s been a worthwhile trip.
On 1 November we finally embarked on our last big trip in Malaysia, we rode to Kuala Lumpur or KL as the locals would say. Originally we had planned to take the train as everybody would tell us that traffic and roads are mad in and around KL and is more suicide riding than anything else. But thankfully we met a motorcyclist in Melaka who told us about a nice and scenic route through the hills and we were positive about being able to reach KL alive and not in a coffin. And we were so happy that day as it became one of our best rides in Malaysia. For those interested in Southeast Asia without having as much time as we had, take our route, take it by (motor)bike and enjoy stunning scenery, car free roads due to a landslide in between, small villages with wonderful timber houses, cheap and good food, pleasant and ever welcoming people. Sometimes we felt like reliving nine months cycling in the region and it made us smile all day long. And this even though we had to push our bikes, actually we both pushed one bike up at a time, us standing under a small umbrella in the middle of nowhere in the pouring rain and cycling uphill in the soaring heat.
After cycling about 80km of which 70km on no-traffic-roads, we were welcomed in KL by our first host Eric who did a great job showing us around in his town. We spent most days shopping as we needed to get some more gear for Australia and New Zealand. On 6 November we said our goodbyes and rode to our second host Akmal, owner of a bicycle center. Getting there was a nightmare as we had to ride on 6-lane-highways, nothing we’d really fancied. Often there wasn’t even a shoulder and we both were glad that we once again arrived without getting hit by a motorbike, car, bus or truck. We spent the last days in KL cleaning our gear as Australians are very difficult with cyclists and were grateful to be able to use Akmal’s workshop.
On November 10, 2013, all our gear was packed into two big bike boxes, three big travel bags and two hand luggage panniers: 20kg per bike and 76kg luggage, we’ve become heavy over time, time to reduce weight again in Australia to be able to climb more mountains.