Singapore Marks End of a 5500 mile Asia Ride
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The Landmark Hotel was a winner. The amazing breakfast set us up well and we were off, unfortunately in the drizzle. Today represented the end of our Asian adventure. Remarkably we landed on this great continent 5 months ago. We have come a long way since landing in Trivandrum, South India. 5500 miles (9000 km) cycled in fact. Looking back on the uninterrupted cycle from Chengdu in China down to Singapore and we felt pretty pleased with our efforts.
We had plenty of time today for reflection. We cycled from 8am all the way through until 6pm
We counted down the final miles in Malaysia, a country that has been wonderful to visit. Aside from KL it has not really had much to offer relative to the other countries we have visited but the people have been more than a match, so warm and welcoming. We arrived in the border town of Johor Bahru and could see the causeway that would deliver us to Singapore. Unfortunately we could not work out how to get on the causeway. In the end we doubled back a couple of miles (just what you need after 85 already cycled) and filtered into a motorbike lane to pass through immigration and customs. There were 'no cycling’ signs everywhere but I think the lady in the booth thought we were on motorbikes as we drew up and removed our helmets
Through another border crossing we joined a very fast expressway which would take us right into the city centre. It was not a good plan, having to cross 5 lane slipways to get into the right lane was silly so after 5km sweating we left it to find ourselves in the green and spotless suburbs. We were much further out than I had estimated and it was another hour of cycling though Singapore’s streets before we pulled into the hostel road in Little India. There was Charlotte, camera at the ready (she was actually too slow and missed the arrival shot!). Giles was too busy sitting down in the shade to clap us in so we pushed the bikes down to find him happily set up with a Tiger beer outside Sleepy Sams Hostel. You know what happened next, we all hugged and went on about how amazing it is to see each other and then caught up on 7 months worth of gossip from Bosham. The videos of Olaf were brilliant entertainment. All tucked up in our bunk beds by 11pm, it was not long before 2 very weary cyclists and their best buddies from home were all fast asleep (I wonder how the other guests are going to cope with Giles’ ridiculous snoring?)