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Old 05-09-12, 12:43 AM   #1
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Offroad bikepacking trip

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Just completed a 150km ride over the weekend. Mostly offroad (70% trail - 30% road). We were made up of 6 foldies and 3 MTB cyclists.

Rode through the backroads in the countryside, an ex-tin mine, oil palm plantation, peat swamp and paddy fields. Here are some highlights from my trip:



Getting ready to leave home..



Our gurl and the bikes..



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At Bandar Country Homes..
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With Chris Wong, a fellow folding bike cyclist..



Moving on to another location..



Uncle Yeoh..



The rest of the team



Team Jetstream



Chris, getting ready..
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The cyclists, setting up their bikes..



Michelle and Chris



Mr Tan and Uncle Yeoh



A general view



Master Siang



Master Siang and Angela, his wife
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Breakfast



On the trail



The first leg



Mrs Samo



Cockpit view of the ride..



This ride is bumpy all the way..
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The gang



Angela and The Star Chief Reporter Andrew Sia



Map reading



Uncle Yeoh checking his GPS
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The team



Bridge crossing



First and only puncture throughout the ride..



The plank bridge



Washing up..



Crossing..



Patching up..
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Samo's bike...



Waiting..



Knocked-out..



The trail



Mrs Samo



The trail..



Queuing up to move
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This is where the fun begins..



We charged up this hill and actually saved time cycling round the busy hill some 5km away from Country Homes..



Reaching the top of the hill..



The path



Re-grouping..



Cycling along the countryside's unpaved road..



The group..
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Lots of interesting stuff to see.. When you cycle...



Reaching a village near Batang Berjuntai



Re-grouping



Cycling on the road



Tea break



Angela and Chris Wong
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At Batang Berjuntai



Bridge crossing on the Selangor River



The Selangor River



Cycling into the bund



The road becomes narrower



Entering a smallholder's oil palm estate
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Back on road..



Entering a former tin mine



Re-grouping



Action!



Master Siang, capturing the details on his phone's camera..



Vast open space..



The sandy trail...



Riding the sand
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This is a simple 8.5km stretch, but the heat and tricky sand proved to be a real challenge..



Lunch break..



Uncle Yeoh, stretching..



My packed lunch.. Yummy!



Photo-time!



Catching up with a break..



Mrs Samo



Angela and Siang
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These dogs gave some chase...



But they kept pushing on..



Mrs Samo and Angela



A water buffalo running for its life..



We came across some anglers



The team



Resting at an oil palm estate



Coming out of a peat swamp
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A small bridge to cross..



Break time..



A good place to top-up our drinking water supply...



Mr Tan suffered a bad cramp on both his thighs..



Easy does it!



On the trail again..



Reaching Sungai Tengi, some 20km away from Sekinchan..



Entering the bund..
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Moving along..



Riding along Sungai Tengi



Finally! The paddy fields..



Break time..



Taking a shortcut to Kg Sekinchan A
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Riding the paddyfields..



Nicely paved paddy growing plot roads..



Mrs Samo...



The Samos



The final push to Sekinchan A



Chris on his Pacific Bicycles Birdy



Re-grouping
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The sun is setting..



The path to Sekinchan town..



Near the edge of Sekinchan town..



Arrival at our hotel...



Gawdy place, but its got some really nice rooms..



Waiting for the room keys..



Chilling out..
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Mrs Samo, capturing the full-moon at Sekinchan town...



Dinner



Chris Wong, the man of the hour!



Chris with Mr Tan and Uncle Yeoh...



Seafood hotpot..



Digging-in



Supper and coffee at a MamaWee cafe in town..



The gang..
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Rice and Shine!



We took some snapshots of the paddy fields...



This is perhaps one of the best rice-growing plots in Peninsular Malaysia..



The Sun, rising under heavy cloud cover..



Getting the best out of the situation..



Packing up and getting ready to roll...
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Getting ready for Breakfast...



Chris.. early as usual!



An old-timer with his trusty ride...



Mrs Samo's wheels!



My ride, added an SKS fender to prevent sand and mud from flying up to my pack...



This place serves a decent plate of noodles...
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The gang, having breakfast...



The birdy...



Wantan noodles with braised chicken feet.. Mmmmmm....



Digging-in...



Uncle Yeoh..



Some Angry Birds!
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Angela, taking a closer look at a Tricycle...



Groupshot - one for the road..



Off we go!



Single file



Re-grouping



Getting to Sg Tengi



Bridge crossing..
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Mrs Samo



Riding towards Batang Berjuntai..



Break



The tail-enders...



Chris Wong leading the charge..



Reaching a checkpoint..
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Lunch is served..



Makan time..



Mrs Samo at the serving booth..



Chill out time..



On the trail again..



Riding the estate..



Single-file..



Chris Wong and Siang



Mrs Samo..



Taking a break..
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Laterite road leading to the old tin mine



Sand, sand and sand..



Mrs Samo..



Angela, clearing the path..



A very tricky course..



Riding the tin mine trail..
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