Date: 1st Jan 2006
Time: 6.30am – 12.30pm
Route: Kuantan – Sungei Lembing - Kuantan
The Knights: Hin Wai, Blueameba
Total Distance: Approximate 90km round trip
Total Time of Cycling: Approximate 03h 55m
Average Speed: 24.6 km/h
Maximum Speed: 55.1 km/h
6:58am (Starting point) - 0
8:30am (Sungei Lembing Town) 39km
10:33am (Sungei Lembing Town) 0
12:14pm (Starting point) 39km
Nearly end of the year of 2005, we planned to have a cycling trip on 1st Jan 2006 in our hometown, Kuantan. I simply named it as ‘风雨无阻New Year Ride’ (New Year Ride no matter rain or shine) because it is monsoon in Kuantan now, and we expected to cycle in the rain. In Sept 2005, we already rode to the east along the coast in the Interstate 2005, Sg. Lembing then chosen to be our New Year Ride’s destination.
Sungei Lembing is a small village which is about 35-40km from Kuantan town. Majority of the population are Chinese veteran or senior citizen. The youngsters leave their home to Kuantan for better career opportunity. Sg. Lembing was once the famous tin ore mine in 1880s. Now it is well known by the charcoal baked coconut biscuit and the Lembing noodle.
We were so lucky that it was not raining on the 1st day of 2006. The sky was surprisingly clear and the weather was just nice in the morning (sun shine is my favorite but Hin Wai kept complaining that he almost turning into charcoal… hahah)
Hin Wai came to the meeting point on time but I was late. We start our journey at about 6:58am. We passed the Kuantan town which is normally has heavier traffic for about 3km, then entered to the main road to Sg. Lembing, there were 36km to go.
The road was hilly along the way but not as worse as the 1st day of Interstate :P Both of us managed to cycle at about average speed of 32km/h at the beginning. I thought I would dead on a slope, but then I passed through without difficulty, may be my stamina and cycling skill are getting better :)
We reached at the Sg. Lembing town in about 1h 35m, had the local made noodle (Lembing Mee) and yong-tau-fu for our breakfast. Then cycled around the village and crossing the river by cycling on the hanging bridge. As long as Hin Wai bringing his camera and I’m there, he will be the best photographer and I will be the best model :P
The village does have a nice view, the wide river is separating the village and the busy town, it is surrounded by forest, one of the most famous sun rise view point, Bukit Panorama is just located at behind of the busy market. There is a climber’s favorite, Mount Tapis which is about 35km away from Sg. Lembing town.
We farewell to Sg. Lembing at 10.33am. We crossed another hanging bridge again in order to return to the main road. Sun was right up in the sky and shining bright, Hin Wai was showing this, :( and I was showing this, :D at our face, hahhaha…
Riding under the hot sun, don’t play paly, we would be easily get dehydrated, so must refilled our body by consuming water frequently. I was really boh-lat liao at the return trip, few slopes were really almost killing me!
We back to Kuantan town at about 12:14pm, had some rest and drinks at a coffee shop, that’s the end of the New Year Ride 2006.
It rained at noon 2pm, and whole morning the next day, so, we were just lucky.