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A little bit of escapism

I’m leaving Boris in his proverbial ditch and trying to catch up a little on my cycling which is currently 3,000 miles down on last year. This escapism was bought about by this little post which caught my eye:

Particularly the bit about no winter! So coupled with me getting a place on DC Rainmakers open evening in Amsterdam a plan began to form 🙂

Today was the first stage of that plan, biking to Harwich so I could get my favourite overnight ferry to The Hook allowing me to bike to Schipol Airport tomorrow where apparently I can get a cardboard box and pack my bike up at the airport to go to Bangkok tomorrow night 🙂 and then returning in time for Ray’s do.

The ride was uneventful apart from all the regular cafes being closed and the really cold wind, offset in the day by the sun but quickly cooling down in darkness. Unfortunately I had accidentally booked on tomorrows ferry 🙁 but for £9 it was quickly sorted.

I replaced the unreliable Lumotec dyno light last night and the new SON light seems superb so hopefully, I can venture into the deepest night now plus the new 35mm tyres are fantastic on the muddy rutted Essex lanes.

Now to bed!

 

 

South East Asia bike tour post index.

Here are links to each of my days cycling from Hanoi to Singapore through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Malaysia during 2014.

  1. Arrival in Vietnam & first day in Hanoi
  2. Halong Bay Tour
  3. Hanoi moments
  4. Hanoi to Hang Tram – Ride Day1
  5. Hang Tram to Thanh Hoa – Day2 biking
  6. South East Asia bike ride day 3 – Thanh Hoa to Dien Chau
  7. South East Asia bike tour- Dien Chau to Vinh – Day4
  8. SE Asia bike tour Day 5 – Vinh to Ky Anh
  9. SE Asia cycle tour Day 6 – Ky Anh to Phong Na
  10. Paradise caving day
  11. South East Asia bike ride Phong Na to ChoNgoi
  12. South East Asia bike ride – Cho Ngoi to Hue
  13. South East asia tour – Hue to Dar Nang
  14. Cycling South East Asia – Da Nang to Dung Quat
  15. Cycling South East Asia – Dung Quat to Ta Phong via My Lai
  16. Geoff’s SE Asia bike trip – Tan Phong to Phu Phong
  17. SE Asia bike ride – Phu Phong to Pleiku
  18. SE Asia cycle tour – Pleiku SE Asia cycle tour – Pleiku to Borkeo
  19. Biking SE Asia – Borkeo to Stung Treng
  20. Rest day in Stung Treng & some trip statistics
  21. Asia bike tour – Sting Tring to Preah Vihcar
  22. Krong Preah Vihear to Koh Ker on my SE Asia bike tour
  23. Koh Ker to Siem Reap on Geoff’s bike tour of SE Asia
  24. Seeing the sights around Sien Reap
  25. Lazy day in Siem Reap
  26. Siem Reap to Sisophon on Geoff’s SE Asia biking tour
  27. Sisophon to Wattananakorn on Geoff’s SE Asia tour
  28. Wattananakorn to Phanom City on Geoff’s SE Asia tour
  29. To Bangkok from Phanom City on Geoff’s SE Asia tour
  30. River Kwai one day trekking tour
  31. Bangkok booty
  32. Bangkok to Samutsongkhram
  33. Samutsongkhram to Hua Hin 
  34. Hua Hin to Kuiburi
  35. Biking from Kuiburi to Baan Grood 
  36. Baan Grood to Chumpon Beach
  37. Chumpon Beach to KohTao Island
  38. Koh Tao to Donsak 
  39. Don Sak to Phrasaeng
  40. A long day from Phrasaeng to Khlong Dao 
  41. Lazing on Lanta Island
  42. Visiting Phi Phi
  43. Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe by boats
  44. Lazy in Lipe
  45. Lipe to Penang on the ferries
  46. Georgetown to Butterworth on the mainland
  47. Butterworth to Taiping 
  48. Taiping to Huang City
  49. Simpang Empat to Kuala Selangor
  50. Kuala Selangor to Banting 
  51. Banting to Port Dickson
  52. Port Dickson to Malacca 
  53. Around Melaka
  54. Malacca to Muar 
  55. Muar to Kluang 
  56. Klulang to Singapore Island
  57. Statistical end to my SE Asia bike trip

Statistical end to my SE Asia bike trip

Geoff at the Merlion in Singapore
Geoff at the Merlion in Singapore

Now my little Hanoi to Singapore bike ride is finished. Here is a first glimpse of my stats

I biked 2,558 miles (4093km) with  55,000 feet (16,764m) of ascent. Pedalled  it in 218 hours with 40 days on the road.  My total time away from Cambridge (on this trip) was 68 days from 2nd Feb to 7 April.

Geoff's SE Asia Tour
Geoff’s SE Asia Tour

I dropped down 20 degrees of Latitude from Hanoi at 21 degrees North to Singapore at 1 degree North. Biked through 5 countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore.

I spent £1245 on accommodation in the 68 days, Apart from the stupendous hospitality of Daniela & Andre in Singapore the cheapest night was Ratanak in Borkeo for £4.83 most expensive was the White Sand Hotel in Hua Hin at £42.59 per night.

Longest daily distance was 97 miles from Phu Phong to Khong Dao. Highest average speed speed was 14.32mph for the 64.7 miles from Cho Ngoi to Dien Chau. Overall average speed was  11.75mph

No major bike repairs only a new rear bike tyre in Thailand. I think 5 punctures all in the rear tyre.

I will probably add to this as time goes on…

 

 

Klulang to Singapore Island

After nearly falling down one of the open drains that Malaysia specialize in I had my egg roti and said farewell to Sabine who was cycling onto Mersing for the ferry to Tioman.

1-IMG_1712My road was hilly, wide and quiet for the first half to Highway 1,  all be it deadly  monotonous  Sime Darby plantations.  Highway 1 was awful, the road narrowed and became busy, I guess because the main parallel  E2 has tolls which folks avoid. Things became worse as I neared Johor Barhu with the road turning into as bad as biking down the M1 in the UK with endless slip roads 🙁  I decided against staying in the town as it looked pretty awful so kept following the Woodlands signs which I knew was in Singapore. I followed the motor bikes through passport control and then biked over the causeway past the huge queue of cars and into Singapore immigration. The only problem was trying to fill in a card covered in sweat 🙁
On the island I took a wrong turn and ended up on the expressway, then having to walk down a slip road to get back on a normal road.  Eventually I ended up at Kranji MRT station where I quickly did the essentials: 1GB / 7 day SIM for $S10 , changed my money & used the ATM. After Facetiming Sally outside the racecourse. I was just about to leave when

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I saw some guy lugging an expensive mountain bike over his shoulder 🙁  apparently the rear tyre had split and in the process of re-inflating it  after patching, had broken his pump!  Fortunately I had repaired my Chinese pump the other day so it was quickly pumped it up!

Andre from the UK was so grateful that he offered to put me up in his big house with pool 🙂 Even better it has fibre internet at 50 megs up & down. So an excellent ending to a tiring frightening day.

Efectively that’s the end of my SE Asia biking tour. My next post will have all the stats…

Here is the Strava for my 87 mile long day today:

Kluang_to_Singapore___Ride___StravaA few photos are here.