Travelsonabike2 Malaysia This Day 9th-February-2012

This week’s Travelsonabike2 bicycle touring on this day post comes from Malaysia on the 9th-February-2012, and I’m on my way to Australia. And it’s my first full day of cycling in Malaysia.

Thursday 9th February 2012 Changlun to Butterworth. 86 miles.

The sun seems to be getting hotter by the day. It’s so intense! And I really dropped a bollock today. By running out of water, and there wasn’t any around to be had either. Luckily, being the old boy scout that I am and remembering their motto, “Be prepared.” I was. I was carrying a bottle of beer in my front pannier. And it tasted divine. It was also pretty cool, considering how hot it is. Needless to say, as soon as I came across a shop, I filled my water bottles and replaced my bottle of beer. Just in case. As I said earlier, “Be prepared!”

The most annoying thing I’ve discovered about this country is the blooming traffic lights. They seem to be everywhere. And you can guarantee they’ll turn red just as I approach them. I then have to sit there and bake in the sun, usually without any shade. The Malay people seem friendly enough, though. They all shout hello when I ride past. Well, I think that’s what they’re saying!? And English appears to be widely spoken.

Everything is going well, apart from my phone. I’m having a nightmare trying to connect to the various networks. And that’s despite talking to Vodaphone before leaving home, who assured me everything would be okay. I emailed them two weeks ago and got an automated reply saying somebody would get back to me within 48 hours! I’ve still not heard anything.

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