Day 353. 118km. Miri – Jerudong

Posted: April 24, 2016 in Brunei, Cycling, Malaysia
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‘What do you think of the sharia law in Brunei?’ I ask.
‘No problem,’ he replied. ‘There is nothing to worry about. In Brunei there is no thief. Noone does anything wrong. There are no hands cut off. There are no stonings.’
I am sure he is right.

A wonderful dinner with the Brunei cycling team

A wonderful dinner with the Brunei cycling team

We had a rest day in Miri with our new friend Charles. He showed us Miri and paid for absolutely everything. This is certainly not what we expect, but, wonderful to receive. We finished our day in Miri with a long night at the Irish pub with some pints of Guiness. This, of course, led to the late departure to Brunei. We were joined by Charles on one of his many ultra-light racing bikes.

Guiness

Guiness

Charles, Will, Clement and me

Charles, Will, Clement and me

Leaving at 11 meant a race along the flat freeway in Brunei with music pumping in my ears and the wind in my hair. We were welcomed by the Brunei cycling club, put up in their mansion and given a splendid meal of delicacies from Brunei.

Brunei was completely dead – like a zombie town – when we entered. Of course, we forgot, it was time for Friday prayer. Not a soul was to be seen.

Friday prayer

Friday prayer

The Brunei cycling team picked us up from the freeway and lead us to a huge house to stay, brought us to a wonderful dinner, and welcomed us with interesting conversations and fun. Thanks to the team in Brunei for the amazing welcome! It’s great to be here.

Comments
  1. Barbara van der Vaart says:

    What an interesting place to visit, Matthew, have fun!

  2. valerievolk says:

    Hi – or Hola! Don’t think I’ve ever seen you with a glass of Guinness in your hand before … did you drink it?

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    A great welcome and a nice treat!

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