Malacca to Muar on Geoff’s SE Asia tour

The Mullah woke me up by blasting his prayer of the day at me, once awake the incessant pounding of the rain kept me up. I met Sabine loading up her bike at daylight downstairs and we agreed to hang on for the rain to clear, since it was only a 30 mile day. It cleared just before 8. I checked my tyres before loading up and all seemed OK.

I had only been on the bike a few minutes and I got that sinking feeling :-( a few minutes later and it was a total flat with the tyre  coming of the rim :-(  Fortunately the Madras Cafe was next door so after changing the inner tube (and not finding any nail etc :-( ) I had a wash and enjoyable breakfast chatting to an ex bank manager who trades derivatives on his own account. Interesting talk on risks etc

Then we started on Highway 5 which has a split personality, a new version that makes a loop, wide & boring or the old 5 more interesting but narrower through the villages. We discovered a couple of side roads which made it quieter and more interesting for a while.

Noémie et Guy

Noémie et Guy

Whilst having a drink in Kampung Pengkalan two French cyclists stopped for a chat, Guy & Noèmie have been biking for almost a year covering about 8,000km in Russia, Japan, China & SE Asia, their blog is at Escapade En Velo

We soon arrived in Muar past the huge semiconductor plants to find a very pleasant provincial town totally non touristy & really very pleasant. We bumped into Guy & Noèmie  again whilst searching for a hotel  eventually homing in on the Hotel Kingdom where the two old men were going to put all 4 of us in one room at 45 Ringgits (£9) a night for the room! Eventually we got through to him we wanted 3  separate rooms. The restaurant opposite, The Soup house is really excellent too.

Here is the Strava for today

Melaka_to_Muar___Ride___Strava

Here are a few pictures

 

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