May 2014

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Dark Was The Morning

14,772 km so far. Our alarm went off at 5am, about 25 minutes before the call to prayer began. What on earth would compel us, famously anti early morning risers, to do this? Reports on the internet told us there was one boat per day heading upriver from Kuala Tembeling to Taman Negara, a National […]

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The Summit Is Only Half Way

14,730 km so far. This morning as we were leaving the hotel, Stephen reminded me of the saying, “the summit is only half way”. Usually this is said as a warning to climbers trying to summit Everest: the way down could kill them just as easily as the way up. For cyclists, it’s simply a […]

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Gathering Moss

14,595 km so far. We had hoped to spend at least part of today trekking through the mountains we had pushed ourselves to climb yesterday. This is the Cameron Highlands after all, and we didn’t ride our bikes up a mountain to Tanah Rata because we’d heard the town was beautiful. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) […]

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Montani Semper Liberi

14,595 km so far. I always experience low-level anxiety before we embark on a big hill climb. If the elevation profile is to be believed, today’s will be a killer. We’ve certainly done rides with greater elevation gain over the course of the day, but we think this is probably the longest consistent climb we’ve […]

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Bookends

14,506 km so far. I was awoken at 2:00am by a great shaking. The bed, the walls, it seemed the whole world was vibrating. Also, there was a lot of… bouncing? And yelling? Wait, that didn’t seem right. I’ve never heard an earthquake yell before. It turns out it was just a group of young […]

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Multiculturalism At Work

14,506 km so far. We’ve read lots of bad things about the roads in Malaysia: crowded, bad paving, filled with crazy drivers, the usual. Today, we found our route along Highway 1 from Taiping to Ipoh to be none of the above. For the most part, it was smooth, quiet, and drivers gave us lots […]

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Heading Inland

14,415 km so far. It’s about time we see a part of Malaysia that isn’t an island, so we are headed inland. To get off Penang we cycled over to the ferry dock, and rode onto an old-school car and passenger ferry. Since most people also arrive on the island via this ferry, they only […]

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Finally Seeing Penang

14,329 km so far. Though we’d decided to get up early and ride to “the hill”, a rainforested hilly area just outside of George Town, a half-asleep early morning resetting of the alarm meant we didn’t set off until around 10am. Honestly, I was tempted to call the whole thing off, but Stephen convinced me […]

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Bad Tourist

14,311 km so far. My mornings are not the same without a great cup of coffee. Thankfully I have my Hario hand grinder, my Coffee Sock Co. Organic cotton coffee sock (filter), and my Melitta Ready Set Joe coffee brewer to make great coffee possible. The Perfect Hangout I have been absolutely loving searching out […]

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Travellers Don’t Know Where They’re Going

14,311 km so far. As you know, we don’t spend a lot of time checking things off a great Tourist To Do list. Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travellers don’t know where they’re going. Paul Theroux Just so. Still, since a city is more than its cafe and restaurant scene (according to guidebooks and […]

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