Day 299. 96km. Brinchang – Sungai Koyan

Posted: January 24, 2016 in Cycling, Malaysia
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Today I (and thousands of others) admired the beautiful teabush landscape of the Cameron Highlands. Today, I also misjudged my water supply and nearly ran out, slogging my way down in the heat to just above sea level. The highlands are cool. The lowlands are hot!

The Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands

The masses were in the highlands as it is a long weekend – and super-hot weather down below. The people were in the Cameron Highlands en masse, driving, roaring around on their motorbikes, or just sipping tea. Oh, and there were people beating drums and walking around with rods pierced through their cheeks. Some people get very excited if it is a long weekend! ☺

Indian festival

Indian festival

Note to self: dropping 1500m in Malaysia can be hot and sweaty work. Yesterday, going uphill, I took enough water and gave some to some thirsty cyclists. Today, going downhill, I almost ran out. The undulating descent was coupled with a strong headwind, which stopped lower down when the road just climbed and dropped and climbed – all in the bright sun and heat.
As my supply dwindled with 40km to go to a definite town, I asked some motorcyclists where the next shop was. About 10km. Phew! Just in case, I filled up a bottle from a trickle of water from the side of the mountain.

The undulations

The undulations

The road finished with a stretch through my first serious palm plantations.

Palm plantations

Palm plantations

But, here are some more photos of the Cameron Highlands.

The Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands

Comments
  1. Extraordinary scenes, and lucky you – Thaipusam!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful highlands – the terraces looks so maze-like.

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