Bike-Ride to Australia Friday 10th-February-2012 Butterworth to Ipoh. 108 miles. Finding beer isn’t that easy here, and most hotels don’t seem to have a bar either! Last night, when I searched for beer, I went to the local shop. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any, but one of the men in the shop pointed me in the direction of another shop. Sensing that I wasn’t sure where he meant, he took it upon himself to take me there. I could see my old mate Eddie who used to run my local shop doing that, he’d have just told you to get lost, but in a more expletive way!
We arrived at the shop in question, but they didn’t sell beer either. But they directed us to another a few doors away, but again no luck. Eventually, after visiting a few more shops, I found some beer. And all this time the man from the first shop acted as my guide. I bet he wished he’d never bothered!
More Motorway Riding
Today didn’t get off to the best of starts. I had trouble finding the right road. No matter which way I went, it led to a motorway, and bikes aren’t allowed on them here. In the end, I’d had enough of going around in circles and decided to go on the motorway! After all, I only needed to be on it for one junction.
I survived the motorway and made it to the next junction, but I couldn’t find the right road once again. So I turned around and got back on the motorway. After a hundred or so yards, I spotted a policeman sitting on the hard shoulder. There was nothing I could do. I certainly wasn’t going to turn around and ride against the flow of traffic. The only thing to do was play the dumb tourist, which I’m very good at. It comes naturally!
I pulled up to the policeman, smiled and said where I was trying to go. He just said go to the next junction about a kilometre away, turn round and head back down the motorway, and you’ll pick up the signs and the road you want! I was right the first time. I should have come off at the previous junction. And there was me thinking he would have a go at me for cycling on the motorway. He told me to cycle back down it!
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