Posts Tagged ‘Taiping’


A day of big roads, Indian food and wall murals. The clouds were out and a tailwind at the end of the day made for easy sailing. A filling of food and wall murals sees me now fit for the 1500m climb tomorrow up into the less hot heights of the Cameron Highlands.

Wall mural, Ipoh

Wall mural, Ipoh

Wall mural, Ipoh

Wall mural, Ipoh

Wall mural, Ipoh

Wall mural, Ipoh

Malaysia is amazingly multicultural. Indian, Chinese, Malay all mixed together. Food, a diversity of scripts (southern Indian and Chinese as well as the latin script) make it feel like a welcoming place.


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