We didn't end the year 2011 with a ride in Putrajaya.
Instead, it was a family-affair with our home guests at Michelle's parent's place.
Then, we took a trip up to Penang to celebrate Michelle's God-Daughter's birthday.
|Artistic blur shot taken at the Hard Rock Hotel in Penang|
The long solo-ride
I celebrated my 43rd birthday which is a normal affair with my beloved wife and attempted my first 200-km solo-ride from USJ26 - Bagan Lalang.
It fell short of 6km to round off at 200. Nevertheless, I wasn't disappointed.
That's where I discovered that my 2011 Dahon Jetstream had experienced some issues on its hydraulic brakes. And so begins the story of the Rogue Rider..
|Longest ride solo: Bagan Lalang|
|Practically, still my record ride on a folding bike|
Michell and I had planned to ride during the Chinese New Year.
Since everybody was away, we pushed for a ride from Muar to Tanjung Piai, Asia's Land's End. It was a successful ride, however, I paid a dear price for falling sick with a bad chest infection.
|Solid touring: At Pontian, Johor, with Michelle|
Its not easy to be in the inner-circle of a master bikepacker. We are proud to be in the midst of it and really enjoyed the great company of Master TT Siang and his wife Angela. In May, we did a ride from Rawang - Sekinchan, covering a distance of 150km. It was awesome beyond words!
|Foldies on the trail: The Sekinchan advenure|
I had a run-in with the K2 Asia people in late 2011. After six months of non-activity, I finally received an email from Tern Bicycles to collaborate on a review. My first test-ride was the Eclipse S11i. We worked out our differences with the K2 Asia people and moved on.. It was the beginning of a fruitful relationship between me and Tern.
|The awesome Tern Eclipse S11i|
|Testing the bilke to the fullest: On the Eclipse S11i|
I continued with my Macro photography work. Just so that I won't lose touch. And it was like riding a bicycle. The same month, we did plenty of short, middle and long distance rides. The most memorable trip was to Tg Sepat where we did an overnight tour using a new route from Puchong to Jenjarom...
|A lovely jumping spider shot in Putrajaya's Botanical park|
|Bee, feeding on sweat droplets on my arm|
|Wrong turn: The ride to Tg Sepat|
|With my wife, an amazing person!|
|My most memorable shot of Tg Sepat|
And here comes the awesome Canon EF400mm F5.6L!
I toyed with the idea of bird photography. It would add variety to my Macro shots and as a nature photographer, I truly enjoyed the combination of the Canon EOS7D and the EF400mm F5.6L as it is an excellent beginner's birding lens!
|Spotting for birds in Kuala Selangor|
|A smallie captured by the 400mm lens|
|A mating pair|