Monday, May 19, 2008

Ride to Fraser's Hill -- Trip Report

Hi there! We just back from a wonderful trip to Fraser's Hill on 19th May 08. Thank God for His protection and the nice weather during our trip :-)

Our trip began on Monday morning, 19th May 08. I rode to Ricky's house in Malacca the night before we left to go to the Sg Buloh R&R to meet the CK Yeong on the next morning. I want to take this opportunity to thank Ricky and his wonderful family for their hospitality. They brought me out for a nice dinner too :-)

Next morning, Ricky and I woke up at 4.30a.m. We left his house at 5a.m. to meet another new friend, Ah Heng (Honda ST1100) at the Air Keroh Tol. Ah Heng was there ahead of us. Three of us left for Sg Buloh R&R around 5.10a.m.

Around 7a.m., as planned, we reached Sg Buloh R&R and we were having our breakfast there while waiting for Yeong to arrive.

Our RV Point: Parking at Sg Buloh R&R for breakfast and refuel.

After a simple breakfast and refuel, we proceed to the North-South Highway and exit to Rawang > Kuala Kubu Bahru > Fraser's Hill. We really enjoyed the refreshing old trunk road all along the way from Kuala Kubu Bahru to Fraser's Hill. It took us about 1 hour to reach the gateway to Fraser's Hill. We reached Fraser's Hill around 10am. The weather was cold and perfect for riding.
There was nothing much we can do at Fraser's Hill, we just park our bikes there and take some rest and meal, but we enjoying the chit chat with each other.

Yeong was desperately looking for toilet :->

We parked our bikes here, 2 Malay girls and their father posing with our iron horses :)

Yummy...we had our meal here

"Hey! Yeong, this is the public toilet that you looking for, pay 30 cents and u can be set free now, haha"

The Ye Olde Smokehouse-evokes old world charm of English countryside

A Japanese tourist was taking photo for his family

Yeong, Ah Heng and Ricky on "Bike Talk" - "how to make your bike shinning"

The coolest posing of the year :)

Photos from Ricky's camera

After spending 10 mins at the Smokehouse, we left Fraser's Hill at 12pm noon.

Refueled at Petronas, Kuala Kubu Bahru

After refueled, we straight away back to Kuala Lumpur, proceed to Sunvey Cycle, Ah Heng wanted to change his bike's tyres. Around 4.30pm, we were on our way back to our respective home in Malacca and Segamat. Sayorana!

In summary, I can't begin to thank all of those involved in the trip. I had never been on a bike trip to Fraser's Hill, it was a quest, a lot of corners and curves. A challenge to see if I could do it. Not only did I do it, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Again, many thanks to Ricky for housing and "feeding" me :) You and your family are wonderful.Also a gain for me to know a new friend, Ah Heng, a friendly and funny guy, great to have you joining us.
Finally, to all the members of this trip, I say...ride safe and thanks for the good times.See you guys again soon!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

MagnaRiders are back!

Hi everyone! After a few months of silence , we are back in action :-)
This time, we are going to ride to Fraser's Hill.
Fraser's Hill (Bukit Fraser) is a colonial-era hill station in Pahang state, Peninsular Malaysia.
Fraser's Hill is located 105 km north of Kuala Lumpur, around 2 hours ride.

A Brief history of Fraser's case you dont know :)

Fraser's Hill is named after Louis James Fraser, a Scotsman who prospected for gold in Australia but eventually struck tin here instead in the 1890s. Employing Chinese miners to do the hard work for him and earning his keep by operating mule trains down the mountain, Fraser set up opium and gambling dens to increase his profits, which may have had something to do with his subsequent mysterious disappearance. The tin ran out in 1913, but the lush valley within was rediscovered as a colonial hill resort that, thanks to its 1524m elevation, enjoys considerably cooler temperatures than Kuala Lumpur. By 1922 a road had been cut through the mountains to the valley, which soon sprouted bungalows and even one of Malaya's first golf courses.

see map: Our Route: KL > Kuala Kubu Bahru>Fraser's Hill>Raub>Bentong>KL

Ride report is forthcoming :)