Slim Pickings in Slim River
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We quietly knew that cycling on expressways in Malaysia is not allowed. We had sneaked past a couple of tolls already today where the NO BICYCLE sign was clear for all to see, but we were desperate to stay on it to help us out with the 100 miles we had to cover
It was much more interesting off the highway but the hills continued and the miles passed slowly. We broke it up with some good drinks stops and a particularly interesting encounter with the spikey fruit found throughout Malaysia. The Durian fruit is banned from hotels due to its awful smell. It looks even worse when you open it up, like an oversize maggot with a cream cheese consistency.
The afternoon rain came as we took cover
The last few miles continued to hurt but we eventually came across the place picked out for a good night’s rest, Slim River. How wrong can one be? We cycled hopefully from one end of town to the other. I did see a couple of signs for a hotel but ignored them as they looked very seedy. I was sure the comfortable hotel would appear, but no. We U-turned back to the seedy looking buildings I had cringed at a mile back. 110 miles on the clock and the sun gone, we were on no position to cycle on. Tom and Pols headed up the dark stairs whilst I guarded the bikes outside. They emerged and gave the thumbs up. Thumbs up to what? I am not sure. It was terrible (see photos of bathroom and bed) but would make the arrival at The Mandarin Oriental in KL tomorrow all the more sweet. Tommy braved the shower first and reported back it was an approximation of a shower, but closely resembled a bucket of water and a scoop. Later we wondered if maybe the 'shower’ was actually just a tub of water for flushing the loo.
In contrast, the food we found was great. A cracking sweet and sour pork dish washed down with a Tiger beer completely knocked us out. What a great day! Well done Thomas William Neverton Godfrey (yes, that really is his name), excellent pedalling old boy!