The journey started on 29th July (Sat) 5.30am. Chong Wah, Sheau Huei and I departed PJ before the sky turned bright. It was a starry nite, thousands of twinkle stars leading us to the north. When the sky turned bright, it was a sunny day with clear and deep blue sky, the clouds in white hanging on the sky accompanied us for the entire journey to Ipoh.
We drove from PJ to Ipoh for the mission of ‘Hunting for Food’’, reached Ipoh by 8am just to looking for dim sum, white coffee, toast and tau fu fa. Beside these delicious foods, we also got extra 2 pieces of dry-meat (summons) from MPI within 2 hours, sigh!
Next stop would be another 160km to the north, Penang. We left Ipoh at around 11am, trying to meet Wan Lin, Chee Chung, Jason and Phyllis in Penang at the same time. Arriving in USM before 1pm, collected our bib in the hall kelam-kabutly, then return to our 5 stars hostel – Guest House in USM.
It was a nice place to stay, spacious, full facilities, and the most important, it just located at above the race finishing point!
After settling down everything, our guide in Penang, Miow Chin was here and all of us ready to go for nice local food AGAIN! Guess what? Must be assam laksa, char kuey teow, chendol and ice kacang… yummy…
5pm, back to the guest house and pig!
Miow Chin, Sheau Huei and I went out to the field and look at the Penang Bridge far far away. Looked to the sky, there was an airplane and there was a rainbow. We just relaxed, sat on the rock, chit chat and observed to scenery until late evening.
Finally, Ai Ling was here at about 7+ with lots of fruits including our carbo source, banana. Miow Chin brought us for cheap and nice dinner near her where she stays. It must be chatting time after dinner, just like the elders living in the village, whole kampong gathered at the outside under the starry nite and talked about the glories in the olden days.
For us, not much topics except the outdoor activities like mountain climbing.
Woke up lazily at 4am on Sunday. Took the can of tongkat ali coffee with 2 slices of bread, that’s all about my breakfast. Toilet mission failed :(
Ai Ling still thinking what time she shall join us since she was wearing Boon Keat’s bib but running in women category. The guys started their run at 5.30am, but the women gathered inside a school and the toilet queue was so looong, before I managed to pee the run was about to start at 6.00am already.
We met up with Ai Ling again outside the school. I ran in slow and relax pace at the very beginning. Paced with Ai Ling for 2-3km, then running alone in the dark. Alone but not lonely, the sky was dark, the stars, the wind and the wave were being with me along the way. Met Rachel and Wendy on the way.
Felt fresh running in dark under windy condition. Even the sky turned bright, it wasn’t hot and I enjoyed every moment very much. I was so touch when I past by the centre of the bridge, because not all people have chance to run on the bridge to feel the greatest of the Penang Bridge.
I met with a terrible pacer after the U-turn, slowly increased my pace in order to leave him behind. When I return to the center of the bridge, surprisingly I saw Chee Chung, he was waiting there to take our photos, so nice! We paced each other for last few kms until the finishing line. I was still feeling strong after crossing the finishing line, even extra mileage wasn’t a problem for me.
It was an enjoyable run and ended with smile and satisfaction. My heart was filled by the wind, the wish and the supports from the people who were far away from me. Perhaps, these were the factors that kept me forward.
You may use 10 minutes and pay RM7 to cross the Penang Bridge by car, but I used 2 hours plus and paid RM20 of registration fee to run on the bridge. However, the ROI was intangible, because I gained lots of sweet memories with the gang.
More photo at my photo album.