Monday, March 09, 2009

Rider's log No. 54: the Sawah Padi Ride

Ready to roll. 30 riders altogether, including children and a few ladies


MBA and the gang, steady does it. I'm right there at the very back la!

My brother Man with Jo at the last stop before home stretch


Jef leading the "break-away gang" on an "unofficial route". Nice view.
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Note: All pics courtesy of Dr Taufik. The top one by Kolonel Azudin.
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Our lives are filled with experiences which we look forward to, but perhaps, with some anxiousness. Things which we just can’t wait to happen, and yet give us a sense of trepidation as well

You know, things like getting hitched and experiencing the malam pertama as pengantin baru. Or, taking your driving test.

Since taking up riding mountain bikes there have been few milestones (at least for me) which I had waited anxiously to do. One, was riding in my own kampong, starting off from my Emak’s house crossing the railroad and taking the less-taken route close by eerie Gunung Helang (story here).

The other is going on my first full-fledged mtb ride away from the all-too-familiar and comfortable surroundings of Putrajaya.

This, I finally experienced yesterday on the Sawah Padi Ride (SPR) organized by my PERs gang.

The ride took place in the beautiful padi field areas of Sungai Sireh, Tanjung Karang, a good two hours drive away from home. All members were to group at Elmina (North) R&R on the Guthrie Corridor Expressway at 6.00 am for solat subuh before moving in a convoy to Sg Sireh. But being overly excited, I was wide awake at 4.30 am and already at Elmina at 5.40 am!

The riding distance was planned for around 30 km. So, this would be my longest ride. Could I make it under the hot sun? After all this is padi field country. No trees for shades. Its all padi. Would I succumb to cramps? Would I get dehydrated? These are thoughts that ran through my mind beginning a few days before the fated day and right up to just before the ride.

But, alhamdulillah things went smoothly. And I can safely say that the SPR is my most interesting ride so far.

Altogether we had thirty riders. A good turn out. The weather was, hmmm… a bit hot, but otherwise perfect for riding. The cool, refreshing , and sweet smell of the kampong air as we rolled off was invigorating.

And the scenery was just exhilarating too. The padi fields in this part of the country are very large in size and well-tended that they remind me of those seen in Japan. Plus that with the site of flocks of egrets (bangau) flying over the green padi field and you get some awesome views.

I reached back home at around 1.30pm with my (already dark) complexion a few shades darker and slightly tired, but otherwise happy. No doubt there would be many tales and stories to be told by all, especially Dr Azmi who "lost" his son for a while.

Thank you to the gang for organizing this ride, especially to Dr Taufik and wife who worked hard putting this event together. Thank you also to all who joined: the Gedebe reps (including two “power” ladies), the Bkt Jelutong gang and Btg Berjuntai gang.

Summary:

Date: 8 March 2009 (Sunday)

No. of riders : 30

Set off/finish time: ~ 8.30am – 10.30am

Total duration: about 2 hours

Starting point: Sg Sireh Homestay, Tg Karang, Selangor

Distance covered: 30 km (almost 40km for Dr Azmi's son??)

Trail condition: Road plus gravel batas trails

6 comments:

Grannits said...

Salam,
Tq for introducing PER to us. Never thot that I could survive. Had my 1st fall for doing 'kona ala Valentino Rossi' but just minor scratches. Let's hope more trips will be organised to suit MTB. Let Woon be the pace maker. Penat gila nak kejar dia.

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

Hehe. When Won and I took the batas trail and he said "follow me" I thought "yeah, game on". But then I realized that he was so quick and pulling away fast from me. Baru tahu langit tinggi rendah! Those guys are super fit - including the makcik 2 orang tu.

KotaStar said...

Amboi seronok betul! It was great fun to ride in the open field and the gang makes it more exciting. With such account I believe it will help to make cycling a hit. Only there must be greater excess to pathways and publicity. Less of Jelajah Langkawi but more of the home outings and facilities.Maybe yr crowd at Putrajaya can start to inject this interest plus the cycle shops that sprouts all over the country now.

KotaStar said...

Amboi seronok betul! It was great fun to ride in the open field and the gang makes it more exciting. With such account I believe it will help to make cycling a hit. Only there must be greater excess to pathways and publicity. Less of Jelajah Langkawi but more of the home outings and facilities.Maybe yr crowd at Putrajaya can start to inject this interest plus the cycle shops that sprouts all over the country now.

D Tk said...

aik..no celebration ka ? 4-0 tu..

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

D Tk

Bukan tak nak celebrate, tapi nak buat "double-celebration" malam ni when Liverpool beat Man U also...