No excuse to stay in bed. It wasn’t raining when the alarm went off at 5.30am.
Ninety minutes later I was at Batu 18, Hulu Langat, ready to hit the slopes up to Genting Peras with Chris and Lai.
I’ve seen this spot on the border between the states of Selangor and Negri Sembilan referred to as “Perez” and “Peres.” I wasn’t sure of the right name myself, so this time I paid attention to the sign at the summit of the climb. “Peras” it is.
Over the crest of the hill is a long descent to Titi. With, of course, an equally long climb to get back to Batu 18. If we had gone to Titi, the last thing I would want to do upon getting back to the top of the hill is to attack.
Especially if I were running back up this hill as part of the Titi 100 ultra marathon. Participants in the 200km / 124mi category ran up and down this hill twice!
Instead of descending to Titi, we turned around and gravity-surfed back down to Simpang Peras, and then continued on to the Sungai Tekala Recreation Park.
The last time I rode past the Semenyih Dam, the water level in the lake was pretty low. All the rain we have had lately has helped raise the water level behind the dam. There is still some way to go before the lake is full, but we may get away without water rationing this year.
The lake is a lovely sight when it has water in it. Definitely worth a stop for a photograph or two.
The small waterfalls along this route have more volume after all the rain. Another excuse for a breather.
If only it wouldn’t rain when we want to ride!