Posts Tagged ‘Georgetown’


Traffic lights. They have not been much of my life on this trip. I was rarely in towns and mostly on the open road – they were unimportant. Today, avoiding the freeways, I took the only roads that existed – major secondary roads with regular traffic lights. A red light means the sweat pours down as I wait for it to change in the blaring sun. Red is a very appropriate colour.

Street art, Georgetown

Street art, Georgetown

I woke up today knowing that I was going to leave Georgetown without spending an extra day. It was hot, lots of tourists, and the old English colonial feeling could be experienced by a short random cycle through the small alleyways.

Street art, Georgetown

Street art, Georgetown

Leaving Georgetown was an exercise of avoiding the freeways by sticking to the 8-lane non-freeways, sometimes zigzagging back and forth from one side of the freeway to the other. With the non-existant emergency lane, and lots of trucks, it was not such a relaxing ride. The noise prevented me from listening to my audible book. No danger of not hearing an oncoming truck. In all this concentration, I missed my 26000km mark.

26000km

26000km

After a while the road got more rural, and the last part into Taiping was pleasant again.

Rural road

Rural road

Tomorrow to Ipoh at the base of the climb up into the Cameron Heights.

Street art, Georgetown

Street art, Georgetown


‘You can catch a boat.’
The Zimbabwean cyclist I met at the crossroads was a saviour. I was about to start a planned 20km detour on main roads because of one 200m stretch of water. No ferries marked on the map. He’d just caught a water taxi in the village 5km away– and that is what I did too. A daylight arrival in Georgetown was the result.

The ferry to Georgetown

The ferry to Georgetown

The weather is hot. And muggy. I’m constantly mopping the sweat off my brow, and when I stop, and the breeze from cycling stops, it pours down like a waterfall. The roads were flat today – tiny roads mostly along the coast and through farmland. Very pleasant – but just hot.

A quiet road

A quiet road

River boats

River boats

Quiet road

Quiet road

Georgetown is quite big. In Little India I cycled through Bollywood music coming from all directions. Lots of backpackers in this tourist centre of Malaysia.