We had a very relaxing day doing nothing, not many pictures at all. It did mean we are actually planned over a week ahead now, which is very unusual for us.
It did rain very heavily around 3:30 pm but we just watched it bounce off the road from the dry of a small restaurant.
Rain from the resturant
Leaving Pantai Remis along the 60 through the middle of town we made a quick stop to pick up some water from the 7/11 then continued on the main road.
Hornbill on Pangkor Island
After the main roads of yesterday the first 15 kilometres today was beautiful cycling, small zero traffic roads. We passed a lot of palm oil plantations, a couple of very small villages and lots of cattle. A good start to the day.
Animals, birds and trees. Something for everyone.
Today was our shortest day for a while so a 9:30 am start, nice and leisurely.
A nice rustic boat and woodyard
Having stared at the map for a long time, the only way onwards was very small back roads just a dotted line on the map or highway 1. It was off on the small side roads then, we managed to stick to the route for 1.5 kilometres before we met a road closed.
Cycling the main road
After three nights in George Town it was time to wave it goodbye. A couple of kilometres through the old town area brought us back to the ferry.
Leaving George Town
We had booked an extra night in the Magpie Residence so decided to cycle out to Penang Bridge.
The bridge is 13.5 kilometres long and was completed in 1985, you cannot cycle across it so we must leave Penang the same way we arrived, by ferry.
We got up again around 12:30 am to walk out to Jalan Burma where the third and final day of Thaipusam has the silver chariot pulled by oxen due between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. There were the huge piles of coconuts still waiting by the roadside, the earshattering music being played, the food and water being given out from roadside booths, hundreds of people finely dressed all waiting.
Everyone awaits the chariot
Our room included a breakfast, mostly local food with toast and jam, we still managed a good portion and left feeling full, ready for cycling! But first a couple of bird pictures.
A kingfisher’s back
A kingfisher’s front
Today was a little shorter than yesterday, with busy main roads to empty gravel roads it was a varied day of cycling.
Gravel road cycling