What: Cycling to Genting Highland via Genting Sempah from Hospital Orang Asli
When: 15th July 2006 (Saturday)
Who: Ameba, Hin Wai, Siok Bee, Wen Bing
Total Touring Time: 7:24
Total Cycling Time: 5:36:39
Total Distance: 69.75 km
Avg Speed: 12.4 km/hr
Max Speed: 47.6 km/hr
The Toughest and The Most Dangerous Route
The Longest Cycling Time with The Shortest Distance Covered
THE MOST CHALLENGING RIDE, AND WE MADE IT!!!
We have been talking for Genting Ride long time ago, and have made it on 15/07/2006. Hin Wai already completed all 3 highland rides in Pahang (Cameron, Fraser and Genting) whereas this is only my first.
I have not been cycling since the last ride to Bentong (20/05), and right after my hip ligament recovery, I immediately called Hin Wai be prepared for the Genting Ride.
We were so familiar with this route especially Hin Wai, he can cycle up to the hill with closing his eyes. But for Siok Bee, this is her first time riding here after listening for thousand times. This route remains so beautiful and relaxing. Wen Bing and I used 1:06 to climb up the 16km hill whereas Hin Wai and Siok Bee were about 10 minutes ahead of us.
I sweat so much… drank some glucose prepared earlier, energy and spirit remained high to cycle further.
All of us agreed to proceed until Gohtong Jaya, about 7km away from here. However, this path is steep, we took 1 hour for this 7km to reach to the Gohtong Jaya shop lots.
Yeah, we completed 2 hills, there is another toughest hill in front of the journey. So, is everybody ready to proceed? Hin Wai and I were so determined to take the challenge, but Siok Bee and Wen Bing just took a try. We kept mentioning to all that the way down is very dangerous, because of the down hilling + the cornering + the traffic. We have to make sure our safety, Safety Is The First!
Proceed or Return?
The distance to Genting Highland is roughly about 10km from Gohtong Jaya, Wen Bing and Siok Bee decided to give up at around 6km mark. Wen Bing’s started to have cramp at the calve muscle. Siok Bee just did not want to push too hard since she’s going for Seremban Half Marathon the next day.
Hin Wai was too far in front of me, my speed was only 6-8 km/hr, I kept pedaling until I met him at the 4.3km marking point. 4.3km mark was the first killing curve with a steep stretch. Slowly pushed my bike at the cornering, looked at the crazy steep road and rested for a while, then continue.
2.9km. It was now 2.9km away from Genting and we were in front of the Pagoda where the 2nd killing curve located. Looked at the time, damn, already 11:42am. Both of us were so tired, discussing whether to proceed or return?
At this situation the bottle neck, I thought of the mountain climbing master Mr. Makalu Gao in his Everest Expedition May 1996. He was supposed to return at 100 meters away from Everest Peak because of the bad weather. However, he insisted to continue simply because the determination and he would be regret for the whole life if he returned from here.
Proceed, and We Made It!
So, my final decision to Hin Wai was, “Proceed”.
We took 42 minutes to finish this 2.9km path and reached Genting Highland at 12.38pm.
Wohoooo… We made it, we made it! It was so cold up there!
Quickly took some pictures and heading down hill to meet Wen Bing and Siok Bee at Gohtong Jaya. Cycling down hill was another challenge to go. We did it carefully with push and ride alternately. Hin Wai always ahead of me, my rear tyre was flat at in front of Awana Resort, but Hin Wai already down hill almost reaching Gohtong Jaya.
No choice I got to change the tube myself.
I met Wen Bing and Siok Bee at Gohtong Jaya around 2.15pm, first thing to do was apologized, second was appreciated for waiting me so long :D
Without wasting any minutes further, we departed to Genting Sempah and reached HOA at about 3pm.
I brought my bike to Ah Meng shop for service and listen to his jokes after the ride. Reached home at about 5.30pm, went to sleep at 8pm until the next morning 9am. Sigh! Skipped my running time liao!
Part 1 – HOA – Genting Sempah (16km)
7:36am – Hospital Orang Asli
8:42am – Genting Sempah (Junction to Gohtong Jaya)
Part 2 – Genting Sempah – Gohtong Jaya (7km)
8:50am – Genting Highland Gate
9:50am – Gohtong Jaya (Breakfast stop)
Part 3 – Gohtong Jaya – Genting Highland (10km)
10:30am – Depart from Gohtong Jaya
11:16am – 4.6km away from GH
11:21am – 4.3km away from GH (Killing curve)
11:46am – 2.9km away from GH (Pagoda curve)
12:24pm – The Rock opposite of the Ria Apartment
12:38pm – Genting Highland
Part 4 – Genting Highland - HOA
12:45pm – Heading down
1:50pm – Rear tyre flat in front of Awana
2:15pm – Back to Gohtong Jaya
3:00pm – Back to Hospital Orang Asli