When: 25/3/2006, Saturday (7.00am – 1.30pm)
Where: Batu Cave – Genting Sempah – Gohtong Jaya – Ulu Yam – Batu Cave
Who: Hin Wai, Me
Total Distance: 85+km
What a great challenge again on the road by bicycle. Hin Wai always asks for challenging cycling routes, so please be careful and think twice when he ajak you to go cycling! I was being ‘cheated’ by him this time and kept blaming him that why he cheated me to come for this tough ride??? Anyhow, I was the one who suggested this route :P
Our true challenge in this trip wasn’t the distance, but the steep at Gohtong Jaya and the way back from Ulu Yam.
I reached at Batu Cave at 6.50am. After assembling my bike, I slowly ride to the interchange of Gombak to meet Hin Wai at 7.15am. I kept waiting until 7.25am, he still not there! Then phone rang, its him… We had been waiting at two different places, duhhh… I was so disappointed when I found my speedometer didn’t function. The battery at the sensor was announced dead. Damn! I just can’t imagine to cycle in such challenging route with my new bike without a speedometer!
We rode slowly to Hospital Orang Asli, marked here as the starting point at 8am. After 1:04’, then only reached to the intersection of Genting Sempah and Gohtong Jaya. Hin Wai was waiting for me there 5-10 minutes earlier than me. This proof that the machine wasn’t affect much but the engine itself is significant to measure the performance. Rest for a while la, I was so exhausted, Hin Wai kept pushing to go liao cause a lot of mosquitoes.
I took almost half bottle of endurance drink and few bites of cereal bar to regenerate energy, and we decided to continue our journey (not give up). This was the first time we cycle to Gohtong Jaya, and now I knew the challenging part, it was the exact path by car to Genting Highland, so can you imagine how steep is the road? We both cycled like tortoises, Hin Wai is simply the best la, his new bike has only 2 cranks at front still can ahead of me where I have 3 cranks ler! This was the time I appreciated my new bike, for sure I won’t be able to make it with my old bike.
After 5km from Genting Sempah near the roundabout, I heard a weird sound came from my front wheel. OMG! My front tired going to be flatten very soon as I heard very loud sound of ‘pissss’. I called for rescue immediately and started to change the tube my own. With the hand of Hin Wai, we completed the tube changing mission in more than 10 minutes :P There were 5km to go to Gohtong Jaya, speed was remaining extremely slow. After 1 km from the roundabout, it was a downhill and here we enjoyed the aerodynamic position to feel the speed and the cold wind. We reached Gohtong Jaya at about 10am, looking for restaurant to fill the stomach and refill water. The weather was a little cold, very nice :D
Ok, up to now we completed 2 missions, but this was only 1 of the 2 challenges. We still have a long way to go to Ulu Yam, and the killing part would the return journey from Ulu Yam. Before reaching Ulu Yam, we ‘enjoyed’ a downhill route for about 15km. This route was damn dangerous indeed, curve road and speeding downhill enough to kill an unbalance cyclist. A lorry driver advised us to be extra careful when we asked for direction to Ulu Yam.
We turned into a village and heading to Ulu Yam Lama when we reached to the busy road. This took us for about 15-20 minutes. Then we reached to junction where we supposed to turn right if we wanted to return to the Loh Mee restaurant we took last time, but in order to save time, we turned left to the Ulu Yam Lama’s town which is the way of return via Ulu Yam dam. The time was almost 11+, quickly looked for Loh Mee restaurant and back on the bike and cabut! Because it was already 12pm and the sun was big big shining at the sky.
Even after a bowl of Loh Mee also can’t recharged my energy when I knew there was a long and steep hill to climb. I just cycled very slowly as I already out of energy. Wow… climbing hill for about 10km under the sun, very suffering, this kind of cycling mode won’t help to strengthen your cycling skill one.
I can only recognized the mini waterfall at my left as the mark of ending of the hill. Last time we stopped there and refreshed ourselves from the cold water, so as this time. After this mark, we considered accomplished all the 2 challenges of the trip. The rest of the path from this mark onwards would be much more easier except for another steep part near the dam.
Thank god we both went through all these camel backs without serious problem. At last we back to Batu Cave at about 1.30pm with an iced coconut juice as a reward to ourselves as we overcame the toughest part of the journey.
I had serious sunburn after the ride, my both hands up to the shoulder were like BBQ chicken wings, the different is just not nice in taste :P