|Taking an LRT ride from Subang Jaya to KL Sentral|
There was much talk about the Penang round-island ride and I thought it was kinda cool to do a bikepacking trip to the North.
I've taken the ETS service to as far as Taiping in Perak and was rather curious about the Northern line service to Butterworth near Penang.
Checked out the KTMB e-service website and found ample seats for a train to Butterworth and went on booking a return passage.
I also booked a hotel in Georgetown for this purpose.
Two things came into mind on the Penang trip. First, was to catch up with my mentor Mr Khor Chau Meng who retired on the island.
Except for keeping in touch via Google Hangouts, I haven't met the man for years. We made arrangements to meet up in Penang and I'd certainly looked forward to catch up with my old friend.
The other agenda on the list was to lead my friend Mr Johnny Ng on an eating spree. I promised him a visit to Hai Boey, a seafood restaurant in Gertak Sanggul near Teluk Kumbar. He was rather upbeat about this and I guess it was my duty to make it happen.
My train leaves Kuala Lumpur at 10:30am from KL Sentral. The ETS service is an express line to Butterworth. This means fewer stops along the way.
To get things going, I have to leave home as early as 09:00am via the Kelana Jaya LRT line towards the KL Sentral station.
|Parting with the kidz is such a hard thing..|
|Leaving the comfort of home while my other half went for her archery practise|
|My trusty steed|
While waiting, I saw a white dude with a touring bike. He seemed to look a bit lost, and as the gate opened, the guy melted away into the crowd.
|The touring dude at the train station...|
The journey takes about four hours.
|A view of the LRT depot in Kelana Jaya|
|At platform B, awaiting departure|
|The North-bound ETS coach was packed to the brim|
We carried on with a conversation and seem that the lady who was accompanying the policeman was pretty pleasant.
To overcome boredom, I plugged in into my earphones and listened to some music on my smartphone.
|The minimalist set-up|
I packed a couple of food bars for this journey. The food offered by the catering coach sucks big time.
With the hours gone, we finally arrived at the Butterworth train station. There is a link to the ferry terminal bound for Georgetown.
I wished the Punjabi couple safe travels before heading off to the ferry terminal. It was a case of lugging the bike and gear for one kilometer...
|The ETS train in Butterworth|
|Arrived safely at my destination|
|The packed ferry|
|Nostalgic: the ferry service connects people from the mainland to the island...|
|Penang-bound: the mainland seen from the ferry|
It takes about 20-minutes to get from Butterworth to Penang.
The gloomy weather really made the journey miserable. But I was rather upbeat about riding in Georgetown.
As soon as the ferry berthed at Weld Quay, I took out my bike and deployed it. My next destination was Carnavon Road where the Armenian Heritage Hotel is located...