The final countdown

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.

Just another busy highway

Just another busy highway

Our view for a week - at least we had a room with a window!

Our view for a week – at least we had a room with a window!

Beautiful surroundings

Beautiful surroundings

First gateway to Sri Menanti

First gateway to Sri Menanti

More nice houses...

More nice houses…

...and scenery.

…and scenery.

A beautiful mosque

A beautiful mosque

The second royal gate to Sri Menanti

The second royal gate to Sri Menanti

The photographer in action

The photographer in action

The royal palace

The royal palace

The royal gardens

The royal gardens

Still at the royal palace

Almost a royal palace

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.

Natural break

Natural break

Quiet, shady and undulating roads

Quiet, shady and undulating roads

The largest cemetery in Southeast Asia

The largest Chinese cemetery in Southeast Asia

Getting closer to KL

Getting closer to KL

First road blockage

First road blockage

Land slide still cyclable

Land slide still cyclable

Landslide still pushable alone

Landslide still pushable alone

Past the landslide

Past the landslide

Freshwater reservoir

Freshwater reservoir

Another rest

Another rest

Pushing hard

Pushing hard

More beautiful scenery

More beautiful scenery

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.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Very clear sign-posting

Very clear sign-posting

Part of KL's skyline

Part of KL’s skyline

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown again

Chinatown again

It's soon Christmas again

It’s soon Christmas again

With our guide and host Eric

With our guide and host Eric

In front of the KL museum

In front of the KL museum

After the rain in the park

After the rain in the park

The famous Petronas twin towers

The famous Petronas twin towers

Johan convincing Fujifilm customer service to replace his broken camera - he thought it might be easier if he is crawling into the counter ;-)

Johan convincing Fujifilm customer service to replace his broken camera – he thought it might be easier if he is crawling into the counter😉

Leaving our first host

Leaving our first host

Our room at our second host, we needed the tent against the mosquitos

Our room at our second host, we needed the tent against the mosquitos

Johan dismantling the bikes

Johan dismantling the bikes

Big cat is watching you

Big cat is watching

Bye bye Akmal

Bye bye Akmal

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.

3 thoughts on “The final countdown

  1. The weather vey much looks like what we have in Lille at the moment, so I am not jealous. At all!

    Might want to lol up Matt Davies when in Australia.

    Have fun!

  2. Liebe Bärbel,
    ich kann jetzt einfach nicht anders, als Dir zu schreiben. Habe all die Jahre immer mal wieder “nach Dir geschaut” und bin jetzt auf euren unglaublichen Blog gestoßen. Ich bin zutiefst beeindruckt und sprachlos. Wow! Wo immer ihr auch seid, ich hoffe, es geht euch gut und wir wünschen euch weiterhin gute Fahrt und eine tolle Zeit.
    Susi

  3. Na das ist ja ein Ding und eine Überraschung. Schön von dir zu hören. Konnte erst glauben, dass du es bist, nachdem ich die email-Adresse gesehen habe. Ich hoffe es geht euch gut, habe auch immer mal wieder nach Dir geschaut, hab dich aber nicht gefunden😉. Ich melde mich persönlich via email.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bärbel

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