On Monday 15th November at 8.30a.m after an 13 hour flight we arrived at Singapore airport, put our bikes together and headed into town. The ride should have been easy but after going wrong several times we eventually arrived hot and tired at our hotel.
After sleeping most of the day and not being able to sleep at night we set off at daybreak through the Singapore traffic to the border bridge crossing to Malaysia. There were no problems at the border, but finding a way out of the city by bike was difficult. Most road signs direct you to the motorways where bikes are not allowed. Eventually we found a hotel and fell asleep. It was still only 1pm local time.
choice of going up the west or east coast was decided only after we
crossed into Malaysia and the east coast was where we headed. The
west coast was supposed to be drier but more congested whereas the east
coast is wetter but less built up.
Our route took us through Ulu Tiram, Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Pekan where we are now. This is the first time we have seen an internet cafe.
Up until now, the route has been fairly boring and our daily distances very short as we have stopped before midday each day due to the heat. Also, Joan fell off and gave herself a bump on the head and several aches and bruises which caused us to stay in one place by the sea for several days to give her time to recuperate. She then twisted her ankle while resting!
idea of prices. Hotel 4GBP (not on suite) up to 15GBP, normally pay
10GBP for reasonable on-suite with air-con. 40GBP will give you
the top class hotel.
Have seen plenty of Toucans, Eagles, Monkeys and Lizards, and some lovely Butterflies. The commonest bird is the Myhna bird.
David has caught some small fish and put them back.
David and Joan Wooldridge