Posts Tagged ‘Siburan’


Using bottled water results in so much plastic waste that pollutes our planet. I try to avoid using bottled water. I also have panic fits of running out of water – I sweat a lot, and if I drink enough I get cramp and cannot go on. Today my panic attack overtook my common sense, creating one more piece of plastic rubbish for the planet.

When it is hot and humid and at low altitude (making it hotter), and when the road is constantly steep, I get cramp. I cannot drink enough water and electrolytes to replace what I am sweating out. In the backblocks, where there is not a village shop every few hundred metres, I can panic, needing to stock up on water when I see it. I have almost run out of water before, and not drinking enough will definitely result in cramp with this weather.
Cycling through the outskirts of the capital of Sarawak province, you can be sure there will be water to be had. I was not happy with only my emergency reserve water, and bought a bottle of water where there was no other drinking water. I regretted having done this – especially when Clement was able to fill up with water without creating extra plastic waste just 2km down the road. I will try to think more and not let panic attacks take over. Lesson learned.

Today we met up with Will who I cycled with in Tajikistan and Krygyzstan. Its been 16000km since I last saw him. It’ll be good to have a third member to the team in Borneo and Sulawesi.

The new cycling team - me, Clement and Will

The new cycling team – me, Clement and Will

Thanks Jammie for the great and relaxed hospitality. We are looking forward to a lovely evening and time with you here in Kuching!


This morning I took my bike by the hand, and walked him down the aisle. I could almost hear the wedding march in the background. We have experienced so much together, it is time we tied the knot.

Going down the aisle

Going down the aisle

Across the border into Malaysia and, yet again, it feels so different. More people are driving cars, the roads are better, it feels more English. The ice tea comes with milk. We took the back road to Kuching, and slogged our way up and down through the steep and beautiful landscape. The mountains rise almost vertically from the road, dense with trees and forest foliage. The crickets and cicadas chirp in the background. We find ourselves sleeping in a town hall 30km from Kuching, the capital of Sarawak province.

Steep road

Steep road