No I am not forgetting an l, its the way they say hello here in Malaysia.
So I did found that paradise like island, Pulau Pangkor.
Had this great campsite, again on the beach bit for the first time I had to pay for it, I was sleeping at this resort. Now it was only 1.20 euro per night so there was some money left to eat this great food at Daddy's Cafe, nearby. Had the most delicious crispy chickenwings with thai sauce and french fries, maybe the finest food sofar !
The island was so nice, I camped at Coral Bay which had this tiny island just 100 meters out of the beach, so an island in front of my island. Maybe it's better if you see it yourself ... I decided to stay another day, so nice it was. Watching sunset all day keeps you quite busy
Day after I left, taking the northern road to the ferry pier. Now I knew it was hilly and some parts really steep, over 15 %. Up no problem except for my lungs which made sounds like huh hu huh hu huh and that 2 times a second.
No the problem was going down, 16 %. Now I knew my rear brake was almost not working, am having some problems with it for long now. Several times tried to fix, clean it. Then it works for a day and it starts all over again. Anyway, so only my front break is good but not good enough to slow my bike down going a steep hill down. So I cycled verry slow to the top, braked very hard and took my chances going down with 15 km an hour, trying not to go faster. But my brakes couldn't handle .... going 17 km, 20 km, 25 km and now I saw this very sharp bent to the right, a U turn, that sharp. In a split second I knew I wasn't going to make it, going too fast ... In front of me a 30 cm high concrete wall and on top of that criss cross wires. It's funny how fast your brain works in critical situations, like this one ...
I decided my bike couldn't hit the wall, leaving me with a broken front fork.
I knew I wasn't able to make it through the bent ...
So I went for the wall, my feet also on the asphalt trying to slow me down.
My plan was to make a sharp turn just in front of the wall, hitting the wires with my body.
And so I did ...
With a huge ' BANG ' I came to a stop, but, as planned my bike didn't hit the wall, so ghreat ! For me, I only had a scratch on my leg and a heartbeat doing over 200 ...
A little shaky I thanked God, cursed myself and promised to fix my rear brakes again, and now hopefully for good and walked this other steep part, bicycle in my still shaky hands.
And I made it just on time to catch the ferry, taking me back to the mainland with 245 km to go to Kuala Lumpur. At that time I thought it was only 220 km so I decided to go for it in two days, arriving on sunday evening and be ready monday morning to pay the australian embassy a visit.
It were two long hard days cycling to KL.
The second day was the day I : found out it was going to be 25 km more than planned and was invited to a wedding, well, more to eat the food the had. I saw this place with decorated chairs and many flowers and had a feeling it could be a wedding. But I played stupid, road to the place and a sked a man if I could eat here and ' started ' to look around. In the meantime the man said, yeah, sure, no problem. I said " is this a wedding, I mean, can I eat here ? " And he said, yes you can, be our guest ! How nice huh ! So we had a nice concersation and I a nice meal. After some pictures time to move on but not after he gave me a bottle of sweet stuf to drink ( I mixed it later with water which was great ) and a little flower as a wedding gift.
When I entered Kuala Lumpur later that day I saw the 451 meter high Petronas Towers high, very high above the city, what a vieuw !
As tired as I was, cycling on highways with most of the time no shoulder and very busy traffic, I enjoyed very much.
Later that night, finding a restaurant, I saw them lighted, even more impressive !
Great great great !!!
Another highlight of my trip !
Day after I went to the australian embassy to apply for an australian visa for more then 3 months. "Okay" the lady said, you will have to fill in all these papers, we also need a bank account, some letter from my work, you need a medical test and it will take some weeks.
"Some weeks ??? " I almost shouted, but thats no good for me ! I explained my situation, cycling from Darwin to Sydney and that I just needed a little more then 3 months, maybe 4 ... But all she said, "it's your decision, what do you do ? " And I said I didn't know. Dissappointed I took the papers and sad I said down. There was an australian/russian couple who were waiting for more than a month the said. He also told me to go for the 3 month visa and then extend it for a few weeks if neccesary. I said, " well with that I allready hace some experience in china hahaha " and after giving it some thoughts decided NOT to apply for the 12 months visa but take my chances. Now I only have to cycle 6000 km within 3 months, considering I want a week in Sydney to ...
Yeah for what ?
To think things over ?
To prepare for a long flight back to busy Holland ?
To recover my ass after more than 24.000 km ?
Or to find a nice place to settle down one day ...
Well, enough time now to think things over.
And I do a lot of thinking when I cycle my 6 hours a day ...
For now I go to have a very expensive buffet lunch high above Kuala Lumpur. in the circling restaurant in the also very high Radio Tower.
Enjoying life, hope you all do the same !!!
'... een mens is het gezondst en gelukkigst als hij onderweg is ' ( Bruce Chatwin )