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Not Your Usual Sunday Ride

Went Wrong

The R@SKLs have executed this plan many times:

  1. Leave Nam Wah (Batu 18) at 7.15am
  2. Ride up Peres
  3. Continue to Kongkoi, or
  4. Ride back down the hill and go to Tekala Forest Reserve

Today things went wrong from the start.

  1. Leave Nam Wah (Batu 18) at 7.15am
    There was a trail run which started at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara, Dusun Tua (National Youth Skills Institute).  Dusun Tua is 4km / 2.5mi from Batu 18.  Lots of trail run participants, many of who I presume were unfamiliar with where the Institute is, clogged up the road.
    So most of the group were late getting to Nam Wah.
  2. Ride up Peres
    There were swarms of bees all the way from Batu 18 to the summit of Peres.  Lupe, Alfred, Simon, and Woo were stung.  In some cases more than once.
    Kelin had intestinal troubles, so he had to turn back to find relief.
    Simon waited for Kelin at the T-junction while the rest of us started climbing up Peres.  It was a good thing that Simon waited.  Unbeknown to us, and I think to Simon too, he started developing an anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting.  This is a serious allergic reaction which can be fatal.
    To cut a long story short, Kelin managed to get Simon to Dr. Zam’s clinic just in time for a steroid shot.A few kilometers from Batu 18, Lupe lost the cap to one of her water bottles.  I lost one of my cleat covers at one of the stops along the way.

    Here we are at the summit.  You can’t see the bees, but they were buzzing around us.

    CLC 2018 Ride #6 6b

    Photograph courtesy of Alfred Chan

    CLC 2018 Ride #6 6

    Photograph courtesy of Manuel Cernusco

  3. Continue to Kongkoi, or
    By this time we had heard about Simon’s allergic reaction.  Which must have concerned the others who had been stung.
    While the sun wasn’t out in full, it was a hot morning.  The bees and the potential for a very hot ride back from Kongkoi made the decision to turn around and ride back down the hill an easy one to make.
  4. Ride back down the hill and go to Tekala Forest Reserve
    When we got back to the T-junction, I expected the group to ride on to the Tekala Forest Reserve.  Wrong!  Perhaps the bee stings had spoiled the mood.
    Just Lupe, Manuel, Ridzuwan and I did the 22km / 14mi out and back to the Forest Reserve carpark.

The good news is that on the ride back to Batu 18, Lupe found her bottle top.  And I found my cleat cover at the bike rack outside Nam Wah.

The four of us had a good breakfast at Nam Wah.  The other R@SKLs had long left the scene.

I don’t know if they got caught in a traffic jam getting back to town.  We certainly did.  It took me 35 minutes to drive the 8km / 5mi from Batu 18 to the traffic light at Batu 14.  All the trail runners were exiting the Youth Skills Institute.  And there were a couple of weddings along the way.  Cars parked on the roadside added to the delay.

Ridzuwan had a lunchtime wedding to go to.  Luckily the wedding ran until 3.30pm, so he was able to get there in time.

I do know that Simon made a full recovery – apart from some itchy rashes.  We are all going to carry some prednisolone tablets on our rides from now on.

Alls Well

About alchemyrider

I left Malaysia in 2008 as a non-cyclist. I am back home now with two road bikes and all the paraphernalia that goes with being addicted to cycling.

2 responses »

  1. Looks like Peres is going to be of the table for me, at least for the time being. I did notice an increase in the no of bees and, on my last visit on March 4, I had a big bee follow me at the peak. Even the tiny bees at the T-junction at the base of Peres “love” me for some reason or other.

    Hope everyone’s fine and recovering!

    Reply
    • Hi there. “Yes” the bees seemed to be everywhere yesterday. Everyone, most importantly Simon, who was on a drip for a while yesterday, is fine. Thanks for thinking about them.

      Reply

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