I guessed all of my friends had waited for this blog for a lonnnggg time. Well, I have been busy and lazy at a same time. This is a continuation from my previous Kuala Kangsar Exploration blog. This ride was planned out in a way that we get to enjoy the countryside, great food, taking lots of photos, cover enough cycling mileage and visit some of the Kuala Kangsar landmarks. And… not to forget to have a great time with cycling buddies.
This route we took is approximately 115km in total and we did it on a MTB with knobby tires. Yup, we didn’t use road bike or touring bike. In fact, some of my friends were using heavy MTB (~15kg). Some of them didn’t complete the route but at least 1/3 of it. The route was so long that my phone ran out of battery and my Strava app didn’t manage to capture everything.
Kickoff from Kuala Kangsar Perak River food court ->> Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge ->> Jambatan Iskandar ->> Kampung Chorak ->> Victoria Bridge ->> Karai Town ->> Goh’s Family Farm (offroad ride) ->> Chenderoh Power Plant ->> Sauk village for lunch ->> Tasik Raban ->> Muzium Arkologi Lenggong (UNESCO site for Orang Perak).
We started off early for breakfast and start pedaling before 8 in the morning (and together with our support car). Somehow the weather here is cooler than my usual route in Penang or Kuala Lumpur. Probably this place is still underdeveloped.
1st off was to cross the Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge with overlooking at the Perak River. A great view in the morning.
I would say cycling over here is quite safe as they have a bike lane (motorize or non-motorize) pretty much all the way. Also, I hardly see any heavy vehicles and cars too. At least not until we reached the highway from Kuala Kangsar to Gerik, where there were speeding cars.
The weather that day was exceptionally great as it was not very hot throughout the whole day. The hottest time was probably from 10.30am to about 3pm. Then it started to cool off. But not to worry so much as most part of the roads were covered with trees.
I have done a few routes with more than 100km before and I would say this was one of the best routes I have ever ridden. The road was very smooth with no holes or patching which reduced weariness. And, it was not a boring route as we had endless rolling, twists and turns. Most importantly, hardly encounter any cars.
Along the route we stopped by for scenic view.
From Jambatan Iskandar to Victoria Bridge, we took a kampong (Chorak) route to enjoy the traditional Malay houses and cooling sensation. All the roads here were nicely paved.
Victoria Bridge is one of the iconic bridges in Perak as it was built in 1897 by the Perak Government Railway to transport tin over the Perak River. You can climb on to the track to take photos but just be careful as it is ~15m (50ft) drop to the river. Those of you who are afraid of height are not recommended to do so. Also, you can cycle over to the other end of the bridge to Karai town to have a chit chat with the locals. Or have a bowl of nice curry noodles.
Since I requested for some off road ride, 2 of my friends (Goh’s Families Plantation) opened up their huge of plantation land for us to ride. We had a great ~3.5km ride. Follow by coconut drinks.
The route to Chenderoh Power Plant was a great ride. There were not many cars as it was a dead end road unless the cars were going to power plant only. I would say it was the coolest part of our ride as there were trees covered on both side of the road, and lots of turns and rolling. Sadly said, this route covered 10% only of our total distance for the day.
Time for lunch… we turned back the same way came in to Sauk. Sauk town is famous for its fresh water fish and fish balls.
After lunched we headed back to open road and that was the hottest time of the day and there were no tree cover for us. The road was as straight as a stick yet with many rolling. It was a torturous time for all of us.
We had to take refuge at a bus stop and to regroup with other cyclists.
By now we had passed by our 4th bridge. This is Jambatan Raja Muda Nazrin. Over here, we got a panorama view of Raban Lake (Tasik Raban).
Our final destination was Muzium Arkologi Lenggong. By now we have covered about 68km.
It was a burnt out ride for many of us but it was a memorable one. If you ask me I want to do it again? I would say… YES but this time with a road bike.