The ride was yesterday, Sunday, June 22, 2008. This is a pure road ride, something that doesn't sit well with The Freeman, but something I don't regret doing as I instantly reconnected with the wide open space that we have in the Philippines. What's even better: topnotch tarmac, seamless and uninterrupted.
We rode with 3 pinoy roadies coming from the Biker Boyz Club in Singapore. Big thanks to kuya Mat for organizing and bringing us there and to Alex and Archie for the company. Us would be me and Mountguitars and this is his first foray in Malaysia, won't be the last! We started the ride wet, with a steady rain which eventually improved at around 1pm. We covered about 80+ km. Undulation was strangely gentle rolls with long stretches of flat sections. The general area is a palm plantation and a costal stretch.
Hey guys thats one smooth road there! Great seeing you ride! Ride safe bros!
"The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times. The best moments usually occur when a persons body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Such experiences are not necessarily pleasant at the time they occur, yet these could have been the best moments of our lives" - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Miss riding with you two here. Trails are wet so most prefer the road these days. Me included.
ironically, the day before this ride, i had like more than 5 flats when we did bukit timah + kent ridge. too many to count in my opinion. ;D
i get a lot of flats here specially at bukit timah and pulau ubin. im used to running 30psi on my tires but now i'll be running 40psi. the trails are bare (sandy and when it rains, the rocks, which are sharp, come out) and a bit techy. in fact, i regret leaving my trail bike behind. yup, i'd recommend a trail bike in a heartbeat like a trance or anything with 5 inches of travel with wide rims and at least 2.1 tires. you can use XC bikes here but that would be for races. if you want to enjoy the trails, trail bikes are the way to go IMO.
thanks for posting the pics owen. cant upload mine at the moment. but thank god we have internet access here in the office (thank god).
yes, special thanks to the biker boyz peeps (matt, alex and archie) for the great company and for letting us join them on this one.
mayrick, im getting used to the right hand drive thing. my kenda karmas are almost bald though. i really need a road bike here. the roads here are smooth and roadbiker friendly lalo na sa malaysia where the stretches of road are very long and cars are hard to come by (speaking about the desaru-pengarang route that is).
you know when i rains here, i can barely notice any road filth. in fact, after that wet ride after getting home, i inspected my jersey at walang kahit na anong filth. if i rode in the philippines and its raining, sobrang dumi ko na by the time i get home.
i can barely digest being here in singapore and now i went to malaysia in less than a month. this is nucking futs for someone like me who's never gone overseas before. but im liking it. thanks to all the pinoys all over the world.
now, how's about a PinoyMTBiker baller ID bracelet thing? cant wear those PinoyMTBiker socks when im jogging eh or when im here in the office, hehe. ;D