Tuesday, August 04, 2015

What a Memorable Ride to Gohtong Jaya 2015

First and for most I wish to say "Thank You" to the organisers for an excellent event these are people like Cik Gu Chin, Cik Gu Liliana Lee and Lead Rider Jason Lim and of course not forgetting PDRM, the Police Force that made this event so special and safe for us to cycle in this adventure. Cheers to all these people. Ribuan Terima Kasih!!!
I like these two Supermen, Supra and Subra and they are none other than Tuan Superintendent Supramaniam Ramasamy, Chief Police of Hulu Selangor District who took the trouble to flag off the ride and Tuan S.I. Subramaniam Veeriah Chief of Gohtong Jaya Police Station who was instrumental to this wonderful occasion.
And off we rolled to Gohtong Jaya cutting through the inner roads of the neighbourhood at Batang Kali.
It is approximately 7 kilometres from Batang Kali KTM Train Station where we started to the junction of Jalan Batang Kali - Genting Highlands and another 15 km to Gohtong Jaya. The weather was excellent, I have no idea how the ride was going to be but I just pedalled as much as I can to reach the destination.
After about 7 km of easy cycling at a beautiful country side we reached a junction where the craziness was about to begin. 
It was climb climb climb all the way to Gohtong Jaya there wasn't any platform that is level that is good enough to rest our muscle therefore one has to plan and manage brilliantly to go up.
At the bridge over Sungei Batang Kali.
I could see the second pit stop and it was a lovely sight indeed as I was crossing the bridge.
Refreshment at Lata Kedongdong rest area and that was a great relief for us.
The climb continued, time and again some of us repeatedly dismount, push and cycle up the hills. Twice there were big group of bikes zooming passed us, guess it is another popular route for the super bikes.
It is another 9 km from this milestone to reach Balai Polis Gohtong Jaya I decided to take the easy way up with the support vehicle and it's a rare chance to get a lift from a police car.
They say the going is tough but the tough gets going ..... hehehehe.
Here we were happily in a Police Land Rover.
While Cik Gu Chin and the ambulance van were tailing on us.
We came down from the support trucks and continued the ride for the last 1 kilometre up to the Police Station. This was at a Police road block where we resumed the ride.
Concentration was on everyone's mind as we pushed ourselves up to the hills and the air was getting cooler as we ascend, by the way most of us were on small wheels and of folding type we actually amazed ourselves with this achievement and my respect for those who have reached the destination without dismounting. You are the best and keep it up.
The landscape at Genting Highlands is always beautiful and together with the cooling temperature it was fun and lovely breezing around the vicinity with our two wheels.
At last, we arrived at the destination, Balai Polis Gohtong Jaya and the reception was warm and welcoming. We love it.
Representatives from Happy Cycling and My Cyclist Friends were seated at the VIP table including the organsiers.
And lunch was served.
I did not expect such formality where speeches delivered by Tuan Superintendent Supramaniam and followed by Cik Gu Liliana Lee. She was well prepared and gave a good speech on behalf of us and we wish to thank her for this surprise moment. You are the awesome, Cik Gu!

A group picture for this memorable event and once again our sincere thank you to PDRM, we were very impressed by your good work and what was a great way to foster good relationship between the public and the Police force. What more can we say you gave us a full and complete support team for the ride 2 patrol cars, an ambulance, a truck and a Land Rover. And also the permission to allow us to cycle in the restricted zone in Genting. We hope we can come back here again with our bicycles.
Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm, apparently is the biggest strawberry farm in country comprising of strawberry farm, lavender farm, vegetable farm, mushroom farm and a shopping arcade. We were escorted in style from the police station to this place and I guessed everyone of us love it.
We were surely a bunch of lucky cyclists and looking like tourists on wheels entering the farm.
Entrance to the farm is free of charge, you can pick the strawberry for RM8.00 per 100 grams.
These strawberries are grown on hydroponic and are easily reachable for picking.
The lavender farm together with other produce such as rose were looking beautifully and the fragrant of these flowers could be nicely sensed.
For those who are tired and wish to rest they are cafes and eating places for you too.
Our bicycles were safely parked in the compound at the farm and I wish to take this opportunity to thank Strawberry Leisure Farm for allowing us to park our bicycles inside their compound.
Re-grouping at a round-a-bout before we flow down toward Batang Kali in a group.
Coming back from the highlands was fast and at time scary, I heard one of us clocked more than 70km/hr and some have numbness in their fingers pressing on the brake levers.
Mostly importantly all of us have safely completed the ride and have enjoyed themselves in this incredible cycling event. Salute to SC Chin & Liliana Lee once again. We will be looking forward participating more of this sort of ride in the near future. Cheers and we shall meet again soon. Hip hip hooray!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Restoran Busy Corner Busy Serving Delicious Claypot Chicken Rice

Restoran Busy Corner has been very busy for a long time serving extra ordinary claypot rice at Damansara Jaya. It is rare to hear any claypot rice sellers that serve their dishes with beef, prawns and top it up with cut onion.
Black Pepper Chicken Rice - I enjoyed the spicy peppery taste and the rice was tasty and well cooked.
Black Pepper Steak rice for 2 persons - beef is not really my favourite it had the similar taste and nice aroma like the chicken claypot.
Simple veggies to balance up the meal.
Watercress soup with chicken meat & feet. I believe it's perfect to eat claypot chicken rice with soup as it will cool down the heat.
The menu as seen on the wall.
Restaurant Busy Corner
83, Jalan SS22/11,
Damansara Jaya,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
GPS : 3.128835, 101.621055

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Day 4 - Bike Touring from Khanom to Surat Thani, South Thailand

This was the toughest stretch we had in this bike touring with unexpected climbs and it was the longest of all covering a distance of 110km on the last day of serious riding.
Woke up in the morning feeling so good and fresh as we went searching for a breakfast at the local market.
We saw this interesting piping hot pot of brownish congee, curious as ever we ordered it without any hesitation.
The pork porridge is made of brown rice and with an extra egg added on it was amazingly delicious. The Thai devil dough (you char kueh 油炸粿) went perfectly well with it. Another great local Thai food discovered.
Having fully satisfied with the food adventure at the wet market of Khanom we hit the road immediately.
It is going to be a long long ride for the day and the weather don't seems to be good.
Look at the sky it's getting darker..
We rode and covered as far as possible before it starts to pour.
A stop for coffee somewhere in the midst of nowhere...we were so lucky the minute we reached here it started to rain.
Phad Thai was good.
This extended "Freddy" fender has been serving me well and no more dirt spray on my back.
the show continued.....
I have learned to stop at Cafe Amazon for 3 reasons...1st it was to rest our legs, 2nd the drinks .....
and thirdly for the free wifi.
After a strenuous distance we stopped again. Thank goodness we stopped I was hungry and needed food so badly.
It was a simple meal yet so delicious and pleasing.....I never had so much rice for a long time probably I needed it for the energy.... hehehe.
An hour ago I was so hungry and now it's back to business .....
Surat Thani ...another 24km to go.
We could have gone for Krabi but it was not part of the plan. maybe next time.
Bangkok another 666km to go .... obviously we were not going there too.
pedal by pedal we will be there as the heat was getting intense....
signs of relief starting to appear ......
All the sudden we witnessed a huge road procession and curiously we took the opportunity to see the lively celebration as we rode by.
I found out that this was Chak Phra festival - a celebration of the return of Buddha from heaven.
After a long search we found the bus terminal and got all the details for the following day's travel .
After scouting around the area we selected this decent place called Isan Saosn Resort for the night which is essentially not too far the bus terminal.
The reception.
Into the bustling city of Surat Thani in search of food. 
So this was it...
 Some simple seafood dishes for dinner.
Nothing is complete without a cold beer.

 Another simple dinner and this time it was at Surat Thani. Tomorrow is another day to travel. We will be catching a bus to Hatyai and there will be no long haul cycling as far as this trip is concerned.... if I was given the time & luxury I want to continue....hihihi.