Monday 26th Sept 2011
Left Tg. Malim at 8.45 on an overcast morning, without breakfast, cycling on an old trunk road which is almost straight, right up to Slim River, but there is no lane for motorcyclist or bicyclist. The white line alongside the road is only about 6 inches from the grass verge. Vehicles coming from behind really get close to you and when heavy vehicles pass by at high speed, the resulting draft really shakes you violently . A small mistake can spell disaster. However, many stretches thereafter have a lane at least 5 feet or more for cyclist or pedestrians .
We had breakfast just before reaching Slim River, after which the sun shone brightly. Din, my riding partner had a puncture, delaying us for half an hour. Six kilometres from Tapah it began to rain and we were further delayed . We finally reached Tapah around 3.30 p.m. The rain got heavy for another hour. We finally left Tapah in a light drizzle around 5.30 p.m.and reached Batu Gajah at around 8.30 p.m. We spent the night in Batu Gajah, in my brother-in-law's house. Thank you Kong and family, for putting us up.