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The short way home

We checked out of the hotel at 7.30am.  We rode out in a drizzle to look for breakfast.  You can always count on a mamak restaurant to be open at any hour of the night or day.

After breakfast, we rode to the usual photograph spots.  First the Porta de Santiago, a small gatehouse which is the only part of A Famosa, a former Portuguese fortress, still standing today.  A Famosa is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia and the Far East.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Then we went to Christ Church Melaka.  Construction of Christ Church Malacca started in 1741 and it was completed in 1753.  When the British took over Malacca they added a weathercock and bell to Christ Church and transformed it from a Protestant church into an Anglican one.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

We had decided over dinner the night before to amend our plan for the day.  Originally we were going to ride to the KTM station in Rembau, where we would catch a Komuter train to KL Sentral station.  The Rembau station is 58km / 36mi from Melaka.

We decided instead to ride to the KTM station in Tampin, which is 40km / 25mi from Melaka.  We would be very glad that we chose to ride to the closer station.

We rode through the narrow streets of historic Melaka to the AMJ highway.  The highway took us north to Alor Gajah. 

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

We left the AMJ highway at Alor Gajah for the 14km / 9mi remainder of the distance to Tampin.

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

The cool and overcast conditions had quickly given way to hot and muggy conditions.  It was 30º C / 86º F at 10.00am.  We were relieved to have opted to ride to Tampin rather than Rembau.

We had time for a cold drink after buying our tickets.  The train left on time at 10.55am.  And in only a few minutes we were cold.  The air-conditioning on the KTM Komuter trains is quite chilly.

We warmed up once our damp jerseys had dried out.  By the second half of the journey, we could feel the heat of the sun coming through the train windows.

Photograph courtesy of Jake Sow

The train takes about two hours to get to KL Sentral station.  On the way we messaged Jeff Liew of The Bike Artisans, asking him to book duck rice lunches at the restaurant next door to his bike shop.  We would be riding in that direction to get back to my place from KL Sentral station.

It was an easier task to get out of KL Sentral station that it had been to get into Tampin station, where the lift had broken down.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

We rode the escalator up to the main hall of KL Sentral station and then wheeled our bikes fifty metres to the exit.  In less than a minute we were on Jalan Tun Sambanthan headed towards the Bike Artisans and lunch.

In less than 4.5km / 3mi we were at Jeff’s doorstep.  Which was a good thing because it was another hot day. 

Kelin joined us for lunch.  

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

As did TH.

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

We made short work of the chicken and duck rice.  Thank you Jeff for buying us lunch, and Kelin and TH for joining us.

All that remained was to ride the hot 3km / 2mi to my place.

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

We had moaned at times about the heat over the two days.  But we did agree that it had been a fun couple of days, and that we looked forward to more such rides.  

And there are already some R@SKLs asking to join the next overnight ride.

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. Hi Alchemyrider from Singapore! Great blog! I’m planning a ride either:

    OPTION 1: Singapore- Batu Pahat (Day 1)- Melaka (Day 2) – Port Dickson (Day 3) – KL City (Day 4)- Bukit Tinggi (Day 5) OR….

    OPTION 2: Drive/Train to KL/ Bukit Tinggi (day 1) and ride Frasers (Day 2) and Cameron Highlands (Day 3)

    Would greatly appreciate your advice:

    1. Which would you do?

    2. If we choose option 2, will there be enough activities for non-riding family members and children say if we bring them out from after 10am onwards.

    3. I noticed you brought assembled bicycles in the trains in Malaysia! Can we do so on the interstate trains?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi there. Thank you for reading my blog.

      1. What would I do?
      I would choose Option 1 mostly because the coastal route is interesting. There is more to see as you are riding, and more places to take a break. It does require more planning re accommodation though.

      Of course, if you like climbing the Fraser’s and Cameron Highlands rides are good ones. I am less keen on Frasers these days because the one-way road down from the top to The Gap is in relatively poor condition.

      Also, note that there are two routes up to Cameron’s. The Tapah to Ringlet, Tanah Rata etc road is the older route. Which means more places to stop to eat etc on the way up. But it also means more traffic. The road from Simpang Pulai is newer, wider and has less traffic on it. But there is nothing between Simpang Pulai and the Meiko Strawberry Centre, so you need enough water etc. for a 50km ride. Unless you have a support vehicle 🙂

      Coincidentally my friends and I will be doing that Cameron’s route this weekend.

      2. Family activities
      How old are the children?

      There is a hop on/hop off bus that would be interesting for first-time visitors to KL. https://www.myhoponhopoff.com/kl/
      The Petroscience Discovery Centre in the PETRONAS Twin Towers is good for a few hours of interactive learning and fun. http://www.petrosains.com.my/
      The Islamic Arts Museum is very interesting, and it has a good cafe in the building. https://www.iamm.org.my/
      I haven’t been for a while, but I remember the Bird Park and Butterfly Park were good. http://www.klbirdpark.com/ & http://www.klbutterflypark.com/
      The Taman Tugu Park has just opened. That is another outdoor option. http://tamantuguproject.com.my/en/

      3. Bikes on trains
      KTM Komuter service allows full-sized bikes on the first and fourth carriages during off-peak hours. The furthest south that service runs is to Tampin.
      I think full-sized bikes must be in a bag or a box on the intercity trains from eg Johor Bahru. I’ll try and find out more.
      The ETS service from Gemas to KL Sentral. Like the intercity, I suspect bikes need to be bagged or boxed. The carriages aren’t set up to carry built-up bikes.

      I hope this helps.

      Reply

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