We have spent 4 lovely days here in Singapore. Generally wandering around seeing some sights.
Saturday the first job of the day was to get one bike box, Jerome and Claire already had one for us from another cyclist they have hosted. There were three close by options, the free one had nothing so we ended up paying S$12 for one, this was very mean we though charging for something you would normally throw away. But we now have two boxes ready to be filled with bicycles.
Boxes and our backup scooters and bike
Even though Pontain is only 26 kilometres from Benut by main road, we chose a route of 40 kilometres in an attempt to avoid traffic. It worked, most of the day we followed small side roads and enjoyed the whole journey, yes there was still a little main road riding but only short stretches.
Burning the undergrowth
We could not get into the homestay until 3:00 pm today, so once we had checked out it was time for some bicycle maintenance. Janet’s needed the axle plate tightening, this is a result of a long term problem with the Rohloff hub which will be going back to Germany when we get back home. Mine was just a repair to the saddle, it has actually worn out.
A scene from today
Another gentle start today as we are in no rush. To begin we followed a couple of main roads, past what seemed like dozens of huge shopping malls (probably only two).
Bridges over a roadside ditch (which go to houses)
Today was a reasonable days cycling, certainly the first 35 kilometres was along almost traffic free roads and tracks, but then we rejoined the main road for 25 kilometres more, this was not so nice but still OK.
Lovely cycling even some shade
As it was only had a short day today we tried to delay our start but still managed to leave by half nine, not very good at stopping in bed.
We continued along the small beach road, no traffic and lovely sea views this continued for a while until there was an army checkpoint, we now know the route planner cannot distinguish between a public road and one through the middle of an Army Base!
Cue the cat photograph, feeling very pleased with itself
A day for some sightseeing, the Batu Caves. This is both a natural cave system and a very holy Hindu Temple.
A lot of information about the caves and temple is on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves.
It is very nice just to relax in a very comfortable apartment and just go for a stroll during the day.
A view towards the Petronas Towers from the apartment roof
As predicted the bed had seen better days and sleeping on springs is not a restful way of spending the night. We still bounced our way out looking forward to a good days cycling.
Colourful fishing boats waiting for the tide
Today was the complete opposite of yesterday, no main roads at all. To start off it was 2.5 km down to the ferry.
Kingfisher on a wire