Sunday, January 9, 2011

A ride in the paddy fields

Michelle riding along the paddy field in Sekinchan on Saturday

At the location marker

On a bridge in Sungai Tengi, Sekinchan, Selangor

I was supposed to have conducted a recce ride around Sekinchan late last month, but never got around doing it as the weather was bad.
A couple of weeks ago, veteran adventure cyclist TT Siang and his wife Angela had put up an invitiation to ride in Sekinchan which I gladly accepted.
I planned an early ride around the rice fields and linked up with the couple later along with a few other riders who came with their families.
So, we shot off to Sekinchan from our place in Subang Jaya at 06:00am and arrived there around 07:45am.
As soon as we got there, we wasted no time in setting up the bikes for a ride around the town area and proceeded to Jalan Parit 6 and made our way to Sg Tengi where Michelle used to work, laying down a network of gas pipes in the trans-Peninsular gas grid.
From the pumphouse, we rode to Sg Burong and the Bagan To fisherman's village.
Now, the tricky part was to get back on the West Coast trunk road where traffic is heavy.
On one instance, a truck flew past us so fast, we just a few feet away from being hit by it.
Fucking asshole driver!
The loop across the paddy fields and towards Sekinchan's coastal fishing village was roughly about 36km and with an average speed of 15km/h, we covered the route in about 2.5 hours.
Later in the day, we took a break in a coffee shop while waiting for Siang's group.
We caught up with them around 12noon.
They were late due to some riders who were not punctual.
In an outstation ride, its very important to observe time as there are many factors that would make a ride unpleasant.
Lucky for us, we managed our time pretty well.
From Sekinchan's Harbour View hotel, we rode back to the paddy fields and made our way to the Bagan for lunch.
That's where we parted way and shot back to Subang Jaya.
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