Big Chase and SG-Glen at the height of the Highlands
Va Va Voom
The roar of a finely tuned motorcycle motions to my side. As we both pause at the junction, the rider enquires about my bike. I turn to return the compliment and from learning a thing or two about motorcycling, particularly about BMW touring-bikes, we talk about where we’ve both travelled. The lights remain red long enough for me to discover that this gentleman has explored the mysterious Cameron Highlands.
One of the many tea-terraces that occupy this uplifting location
My ignorance would’ve concluded that this choice of locations would be placed in some isolated, yet soul-movingly breath taking place. A location not too dissimilar to what we would imagine James Bond to have been brought up on: a rural setting flanked by mountains covered in mist, only disturbed by the gentle sound of a flowing stream where a young James would fetch fresh water and fish in. Thankfully, I am blessed with more knowledgeable friends.
Earlier Glen informs me that Big Chase and him are planning a trip to the Cameron Highlands, and that this mountainous region is in fact located in Malyasia. The local name for the region is Tanah-Tinggi-Cameron.
That big green thing is a mountain in disguise
The Big Neighbour
According to wikipedia, the Cameron Highlands is approximately the same size as i’s neighbour, Singapore. Whilst cycling is thriving in Singapore, it is the Malaysians who are fortunate to have such local training grounds. Glen reminds me, we only need our passports and a quick boat trip can get us there and back in a day.
Not bad having such big neighbours.
When I’ve been to Singapore, the Malays clearly enjoy their two wheels just as much as their Singaporean friends. There’s plenty of racing and people from both countries checking out what each other has; whether it’s in the form of beautiful landscapes or high-speed racing. Naturally, theirs a little bit of healthy competition, but then again, that’s what makes it so compelling. It really is a great place for getting the bike out and plenty of people to enjoy it with.
The London and Singapore Baroudeurs ride again!
Stay tuned, as Glen will be giving us a full Ride Report shortly.