Weekend Adventure

It has been quiet a while since I last posted on this blog. I have been doing a lot of riding every week. Clocking mileage for my bike. A lot of them. In fact in the past couple of weeks since I picked up my bike I have clocked almost 3500km. Its great.

The photo below shows me on my bike along a dirt road parallel to the paddy field somewhere in between Teluk Intan and Kampar.

The photo below shows my bike along the same road.

Honestly – there are a couple of reasons why I bought this bike. I could have stayed with my RT but the problem with the RT is that I won’t be able to go places where usually I don’t go. I.e. going for dirt road like this. Not that with the GS I have the balls of riding thru it!

But I guess as I ride more I will be better at it. The problem with riding the GS Adventure is that it is extremely heavy. Heavier than shit. With fully loaded fuel – it is hard to lift! But I guess as I get better at it, I will be more confident to do complex steering! Like U turn and shits.

Anyway – yesterday was a 400km ride. When I woke up in the morning I know that I wanted to ride but I did not have any destination. Just wanted to ride far because I had some things in my mind that I wanted to clear off. It has been quite a challenging couple of days – so some alone time is definitely good.

So – I woke up, shower and rode off in the morning! Here is somewhat my itinerary:

KL – Sungkai via E1 – boring ride to Sungkai. Straight boring highway ride, but I wanted to get out of the city the fastest possible without encountering any traffic. My bad, the highway was so damn heavy. At Sungkai – I had some breakfast near Pasar Sehari. I must say the nasi lemak there was really good.

Sungkai to Teluk Intan From Sungkai I rode thru the B roads to Teluk Intan. I’ve used these roads a lot of times. Its all familiar. I was trying hard to avoid Road number 1 because that central spine road is really busy.

Teluk Intan to Kampung Gajah Before reaching Teluk Intan I made a turning off to Kampung Gajah. I was wondering if I will be passing over Pasir Salak. I never been to the museum there and if I do see Pasir Salak, I do want to do a stop over. Maybe another day.

Kampung Gajah to Kampar After reaching Kampung Gajah – I head over to Kampar. Thru old roads passing over old mining villages. Also I was wondering if I would be seeing the tin dredges at Chenderoh. Honestly I don’t know if those dredges still exist, but if they do – it will great on the drone. Unfortunately no. Didn’t see any!

Kampar Once I reached Kampar – I stopped over for a quick drink and ABC. Foong Mun ABC la.. I’ve been here before. It was way too sweet to my liking though. Maybe next time need to ask reduced sugar. Then again, its ABC – it’s fully laden with sweet!

Kampar – Home From Kampar – I rode all the way back. Feel very long because it was extremely heavy. Super heavy indeed. There were a few cars that were very fast. Pretty annoying indeed.

Back home by 2pm.. happy.

Too much getting lost

Few days ago, I took my bike out to checkout Klawang and Jelebu area. I heard the roads were good. I ended up getting lost because I set the curvy road option on my GPS. Combine with my “smartness” – I just got myself lost most of the time.

Here’s the video..

 

And following are some of my photos…

Ride to Fraser’s Hill Gap

In the past two weeks, I have been riding my bike. Not so much focusing on other things but just riding my bikes. The bike is super awesome. I somewhat rediscover what I enjoy about riding. The first few rides were about getting used to the bike. The photo below shows the ride on that day.

I am still learning on how to edit good video, and what makes great video – great. One thing that I know, is of course the synchronization of the music and the video. In which the video above has.

One of my friend did make a comment, I put in too much of my bike. Which I have to agree. Despite the fact that the video is about me and my bike, I think people will be more interested with the scenery and the views that I get to enjoy. Hence – I need to reduce the bike videos and add more travel things.

 

7 Things You Do When You Fell off the Bandwagon

I read somewhere on the Internet on some of the things that I can do when I fall of the bandwagon. These are the seven things that seems to resonate well with what I can do. It all makes sense, a lot of sense. Read through the seven things below:

First thing: understand that it’s okay if you’re not hundred percent on plan, hundred percent of the time.

Second thing: let go of the guilt. There is nothing to feel guilty about.

Third thing: keep going, do not let it stop you.

Fourth thing: look back and ask yourself what may have caused you to fall off track.

Fifth thing: remind yourself what you are doing what you are doing. And if you do not know what is the why, figure it out.

Sixth thing: take each day as a new beginning and show yourself of love and compassion.

Seventh thing: treat your adult self like you are taking care of your child self.

Most of the seven things up there are common sense. I think I just need to do it. You don’t need to think too hard, and just take action. The problem with me as per the previous post is that I do a lot of talking and writing, but not so much of action.

I made to really push myself to take action versus just saying it. It is not just about the 365 days project, but also in my working life. It is tough, but it is something that I need to do otherwise it may be very detrimental to my life.

I’m always stressed about me not doing what I need to do. Procrastination seems to be one of my biggest hurdle. I like to procrastinate a lot of things. Always leave things to the last minute. I know I am quite organised, but having to do list does not mean jack shit. this is all about the actions versus having a list.

So, I need to take actions. I need to think very serious actions. I will look back again on my list, and make sure that I take all the actions for all the items that are listed down for today.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I Will Be the Best Every Day All Day Starting from Today.

New GS Adventure

back in 2014 I wanted to change my motorcycle. I initially ordered an adventure bike which is the GS Adventure. It was my dream bike. The bike was used in the show Long Way Round. At that time, I was doing a lot of adventure motorcycling around Malaysia. I love exploring small villages all around. Going through very small roads with no plans at all.

Every Friday night, I will open Google Maps and look for new roads to explore. I will try to find the most remote roads that is accessible by my motorcycle. Occasionally I will also check the condition of the roads. Next morning, I will get my bike and ride all over the place. Sometimes I will clock almost 500 km in the day. I will start early in the morning and finish my adventure late in the evening. It is very fun.

I remember, when they launched a new motorcycle they were two models that will launch at the same day. The initial plan of the GS adventure was shelved when I saw the new RT. the RT was a dream bike when I first started riding. I was so engrossed with the BMW video that shows a couple riding across Norway. The video below:

 

and I’d end up buying the RT versus buying the GS. I did enjoy using the bike for a long period of time. But what I noticed is that I’m not able to do a lot of exploration anymore. Which was one of the reasons why I wanted to get a bike. The RT is a great bike. Along the highway, I can go and really high speed and still sit down comfortably. But when I get into the B and C roads, I get into trouble. It is just so difficult to ride the bike on non-highways. Whenever that potholes, I will scream for my life. And I felt restricted with this bike. I slowed down my riding and didn’t clock the mileage that I could have clocked.

Anyway, I went to BMW showroom. I saw the GS adventure again. I fell in love. I met my sales advisor and asked him whether he takes trade in for my current bike. And to my surprise he said yes. The best part I got a very good value for it. The reason being is that my RT is not locally made in Thailand. When I calculated the amount of money that I need to fork out to buy the new GS adventure, I realised that I can afford it. I call the supervisor again and told him that I wanted to make an order. And I did.

Last Saturday, I picked up my new bike. It is such a beauty.

So far since Saturday, I rode almost 500 km. It is such an awesome experience to ride the bike. Last Sunday I went to write with my ex colleague. It was awesome. The video below shows the ride:

 

I do hope that I will get more mileage with this bike. the RT only had 15,000 km when I sold it. I do hope with a new bike, I will get 15,000 km in the first year!