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Merdeka 2019

A ride on Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) looks like becoming an annual R@SKL tradition. Like our annual trip to Penang.

A dozen of us left Pegasus Cycles with Malaysian flags waving in the morning air.

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

Our route was roughly the same as it had been one year ago.

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

Up and down the hills of Bukit Tunku to the Tugu Negara (National Monument). We regrouped at the entrance to the Taman Tugu which is a newly-created 66-acre urban forest park.

It is four hundred metres from Taman Tugu to the sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom, principally during the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. 

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

All the posing worked up an appetite.

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

So thoughts turned to where to stop for something to eat. The debate was inconclusive so we decided to ride to the Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) and revisit the what-to-eat question there.

The consensus was mamak food which is a kind of south Indian cuisine. The closest mamak restaurant is a mile away from the KL Tower and across the road from the PETRONAS Twin Towers. Naturally – more photos.

We had our fill of mamak food and drink amidst lots of laughter at NZ Curry House and then rode back to Pegasus Cycles. A very pleasant morning with excellent company.

Happy 62nd Merdeka Day Malaysia

Photograph courtesy of Zeus

About alchemyrider

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

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