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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rompin-Kota Tinggi

Total Distance:154.79km
Total Time:8h52m14s
Average Speed:17.4km/h
Maximum Speed:49.0km/h
Total Distance So Far:11,050.49km

The ride to Kota Tinggi proved slightly hillier than the day before. Still it was nothing to really complain about. the hills were a little steeper, a little longer, but still nowhere near comparable to those of Laos or Norther Vietnam. The road became even more desolate. Cities and villages were fewer and farther in between. I enjoy riding amidst nothing but nature. It causes less distraction. After weeks of never having to go far without hitting at least a small village I didn't anticipate it though, and didn't properly gauge how much water I would need. I ran out and had to ride an hour without water. I was starting to freak out a little. After an hour you start to really feel dehydration setting in, which is worrisome. I have pretty good luck. Just as I was starting to panic i pulled up to a town where I could "fuel up".
Kota Tinggi is a fairly big town, or maybe a small city. I'm not sure how you would classify it. It's main attraction seems to be a rather large shopping mall, where the locals flock to at the days end. I was not so inclined to do so. There isn't much else to do there. It's too bad. Kota Tingii is actually in a pretty choice location. Situated on the banks of a river amidst the tall trees of the surrounding forest and within close proximity to both the ocean as well as Singapore, Kota Tinggi could easily capitalize on passing through tourists if they spruced things up a little.
One more day! One more day of riding and I'm done. At least I'm probably done. There's still this voice in the back of my head saying "take Fred to Indonesia". I'm about 90% sure I'm going to leave him in Singapore. I feel like I'm abandoning him. Sorry Fred!

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