Melaka to KL

When I left Melaka I met two older men at a service station. They were funny. The first man, Rahman, said that had it not been Ramadan he would have taken me to lunch, he said that if I’m in Melaka after Ramadan I should get in touch. The second one had to ask if I was a gentleman, he was a little confused 😊.

After Melaka I stayed with Chee Wei in Seckinchan, a small town known for its paddy fields. I turned up to Chee Wei’s family store. They sell agrochemicals to the local rice farmers. It was a great visit as I got to see a bit of his life. Every afternoon Chee Wei, his brother, his dad and a couple of his dad’s friends go for afternoon tea, which I got invited along to. Chee Wei took me around the town on the back of his motorcycle and showed me the paddy fields. It’s a drier summer than usual so the fields are dry and the crops won’t reach their full potential. Also it’s a monoculture and there is no crop rotation so farmers are having to use extra pesticides. It didn’t sound like the farmers would have a good crop this year. So far everywhere I’ve been it’s been unusual weather.

My next host was Keat in Klang. He had just returned from a 14 month bike ride to Spain – so he went from one end of Asia to the other end of Europe. He was pretty hardcore, he cycled through some wintery countries, I know what I would have done.

Klang has an amazing Chinese temple one of the oldest in the district. It did at one point struggle financially but the Sultan at the time ensured that it was saved and is now preserved.

Malaysia is pretty amazing for its religious tolerance. The fact that the Sultan helped to save the Chinese temple is really good especially as it’s a different religion to his own. In most of the cities and towns that I have been to there are places of worship of different faith all within close proximity of each other.

Whilst I was in Klang I took a day trip to Kuala Lumpur, the big smoke, and visited the tall twin towers.

KL like all major cities has a lot of shopping centres.

What I love about Malaysia are the motorcyclists. They are everywhere. They will carry up to three people and sometimes they are a law unto themselves, driving down the road the wrong way or riding on pavements. These are the motorcyclists in KL

I love the undercover cycle path, I don’t know if this was done intentionally as it seems odd that there are no undercover walkways.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.

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