- By Vin Cox
4th April. 148.5 miles cycled.
Took scenic route through hills, forest and coast. Joined a [cycling] club run for 30 miles.
Had late start and headwind, so good mileage.
Ate at KFC 7 miles before hotel – was smart move. Saw monitor lizard and lots of kingfishers today.
Bike rough after yesterday’s rain. Baby lotion saving my bum from total failure at moment.
Lost a glove! Sun burnt back of hand. Rode with helmet off for some time [heat and humidity]
148.5mi @ 13.4mph
Riding with other cyclists was great. They were very friendly and it was just nice to be in a group. I took some video:
The KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was such a good idea because it meant I could just check in to a hotel, wash, and sleep. No reason to unpack anything or faff.
The heat and sun was intense throughout South East Asia, and I noticed some subtle behaviours to cope with it from motorcyclists. Most applicable to me was a trick at traffic lights (which Malaysia has a LOT of!). The trick is to look for a shadow, even if it’s just a foot wide from a signpost, and stop there rather than the line while the lights change. It saves just a little bit of sweat, but every little helps!
That was my diary from precisely four years ago. I’m writing up each day on it’s fourth anniversary as a motivation to get this long overdue task done. These days I’m to be found spending my working days at a brewery, my leisure time cycling, and my family time with my wife and baby daughter. I hope this entertains, informs, or motivates you.