Thursday, February 13, 2014

Car-Free Chinese New Year - Part 1

Something different.. 

Michelle said she wanted to cycle from our home in Subang Jaya to my auntie Lorraine's house in Jalan Genting Klang.
"Let's cycle, do a car-free Chinese New Year visitation..," she added.
I thought it would be cool especially on the first day of the Lunar New Year. The roads are mostly clear.
We woke up a bit late, and prepped up our bikes to hit the road. 
Our plan was to utilize the Federal Highway bike lane to access Kuala Lumpur's downtown area and head to Setapak via Jalan Raja Muda Musa and Jalan Gurney.

Rolling out from our home
Since it was the first day of the Chinese New Year, most food stalls that are owned by Chinese traders are closed. 
With the exception of fast food joints like McDonalds and KFC, its literally a pain to find food during this holiday break.
We rode out to USJ7 where I knew that the Malay food court there would be open.
Our luck held as we treated ourselves to a plate of delicious mee rebus Johor.
The lady who ran this place remembered me and told me that she hasn't seen me around.
I must say that the noodles were a treat as we moved along towards the Federal Highway...

Michelle, having a go with the Mee Rebus
Cycling along USJ 4 in Subang Jaya
The heat, you've got to love it!

We rode towards Michelle's parent's home in SS3, Petaling Jaya. 
Earlier in the day, she had to send her brother to the airport.
And the Lau clan was just getting ready to do their lunch and visitation to a relative's home in SS2, Petaling Jaya.
I watched my other brother in-law offering his father tea before receiving his red packet.
From SS3, we hit the Federal Highway and rode towards Bangsar.
There are some safety concerns about switching lanes from Jalan Bangsar to the Museum and we proceeded with caution.

Short climb on a tunnel on the lane

For reasons unknown, the bicycle sign on the lane was removed..
The Sun was directly above our heads as we rode past Dataran Merdeka. Just weeks ago, the OCBC ride was held there.
We can see foreign tourists at the area, and the roads were pretty clear.
There wasn't much to see at the Dataran and I signaled for a photo-ops at the KL City Hall HQ at Jalan Raja Laut.

At the City Hall building
From Jalan Raja Laut, we rode towards Jalan Sultan Ismail and exited along Jalan Raja Abdullah.
This is a familiar territory to me as I spent a great deal of time growing up near Kampung Baru, one of Kuala Lumpur's oldest Malay settlement..
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