On November 4th Fred the bike is embarking on a six month journey across Southeast Asia. Starting in Singapore, Fred plans to make his way up the west coast of Malaysia, across Thailand, Cambodia, up through Vietnam and into Laos. After that... who knows? Fred invites you to follow him through his adventure. Any advice from fellow travelers is always welcome.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Taiping-Penang

Total distance:92.42km
Total time:4h40m19s
Average Speed:19.78km/h
Maximum Speed:48.48km/h
Total Distance So Far:456.55km

My stay in Taiping was rather uneventful. Excluding, of course, my experience with the AJ Special. I awoke early in order to get a head start. I left Taiping just before 8:00am. I searched for somewhere to have something, anything, for breakfast that wasn't rice, but to no avail. Finally I decided just to eat some of the fruit I had received as a gift the day before along with some peanuts I had in my bag. With a full tank, I was ready to hit the road.
The ride to Penang, again, was rather flawless. There was a fair amount of construction on the roads, which slowed things down a bit. The day was hot. The hottest so far. I tried to keep well hydrated and stopped for plenty of breaks, but there was really no escaping the blistering Malaysian sun. By the time I got to the Ferry Teriminal to Penang I was going a little mad from the heat.
I got off the ferry and found a hostel almost instantly. Accomodations here are very cheap, and the rooms are clean. It's a nice change from a few of the places I've stayed on the road. There are a lot of other travellers here. Most of whom are somewhat long term. It was nice to finally be in a place where there were people ready, willing , and able to engage in conversation. It's always interesting to here other people's experiences. Other than my second day of cycling, I have yet to meet other cyclists. I am told, however, that there are plenty in Thailand and Vietnam. I look forward to running into them.
Penang is a beautiful sight. I think I will stay for at least a couple of days and absorb some of the laid back beach life attitude. After that I will haed to Thailand. I have no definitive route yet, but let you know when I figure it out.

5 comments:

Rhonda Chevy said...

what is aj special?

Rhonda Chevy said...

okay, i just read yesterdays blog. don't you like nutella??

Max said...

Fred if you have time and 15 ringit spare go up the Komptar Tower. Good view, ticket is valid all day so you can return for sunset. No bikes allowed, though. But your owner can go.
Otherwise until Thailand the only highlight in my opinion is Alor Star. I would skip Langkawi island as there are way better islands once you are in Thailand. Anyway just my opinion, go see for yourself...

N'guy said...

How's your top knot? Are you watching it? Always watch your top knot!

Anonymous said...

consoling your family on this end and explaining what is part'n' parcel when travelling, but if you could help me out, i would be eternally grateful...i think a few of them are heading for a heart attack.
Reno