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Our First Tour Cycling in Perth, Western Australia – 8 June to 13 June 2014

We headed off to Perth in the first week of June to explore the place on our Bromptons. This would be Missus’ first visit to Perth. I had been there three years ago for a working trip.

 

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7 June. B transport bags with our clothings and other cycling equipment checked-in as fragile luggage.

 

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8 June. We arrived at Perth at 5 in the morning. Too early for us to check-in. So we placed both transport bags into the luggage holding room and found a place to rest.

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Missus did not have a restful sleep during the flight. So she took 40 winks on a couch in the hotel.

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With the Missus having enough sleep, we headed out looking for breakfast on our walk towards Harbour Town. Along the way, we saw this dedicated path for both cyclists and pedestrians.

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After topping up of my work wear at the Kathmandu store at Harbour Town (my work wear mostly comes from Kathmandu and other outdoor adventure clothings store), we headed back to the hotel to check-in. A warm and cosy room awaited us and it was time for us to take a nice warm bath and rest for the day.

 

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9 June. We had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. It was a cosy Swedish restaurant that serves a wonderful spread for breakfast. It was also a cold and wet morning, having rained during the early hours.

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The Bs ready for their day out.

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The starting point of our day’s ride, along the cycling path right beside the Swan River, with the Swan Bells Tower in the background.

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The cycling paths are well-designed and well-thought out.

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After visiting the local Brompton distributor and losing our way, we headed back to Victoria Park, a small town we passed while losing our way.

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Visited this shop at Victoria Park as promised to the owner, who was very kind to give us very specific directions to head towards the local Brompton distributor earlier.

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Soon it was lunch and stopped for a quick vegan lunch at the outlet of the same eatery we ate our dinner when we were in Jeju last December.

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Took another route along the Swan River to return to Perth City Center.

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Panoramic view of Perth City Center with Swan Lake in the foreground.

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The cycling path built right next to the vehicle lanes on the expressway next to King’s Park. How cool is that?

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Before we called it a day, Missus took her B for some off-track cycling and posing.

 

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10 June.  We moved off to our second accommodation in Scarborough after finding out that this hotel offers a gorgeous view of the Indian Ocean. Another reason is because we had planned to cycle down Sunset Coast to Fremantle. We reached early and paid to check-in early, plus a room upgrade. Upon entering the room, this was the gorgeous view we had, with a thunderstorm approaching.

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How I carried both our clothings and cycling equipment on my B, leaving Missus’ B to carry some light stuff and her B transport bag.

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Rested and did some work in the room, waiting for the thunderstorm to clear. It cleared by evening and soon we were out for a short ride along Sunset Coast.

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Along the way while the sun was setting, I saw this gorgeous scene and knew instantly that our Bs have to be there with the tree and the sun in the background. A gorgeous setting for anyone who would want to have their pre-wedding shoot or photoshoot in Perth.

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Another shot with the tree, Bs and sun only.

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Returned to the room in time to capture this part of the city during blue hour, a few minutes of the day just before the sun sets totally.

 

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11 June. The sun rising over the horizon on our 4th day in Perth. A beautiful to cycle to Fremantle.

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The Bs cannot wait to hit the paths to Fremantle.

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After cycling for more than 13km along the cycling path next to the road, we turned right at one of the metro stations and cycled up this hilly road, which will rejoin Sunset Coast on the way to Fremantle.  Missus giving her all, despite the discomfort and slight pain at the coccyx.

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The first sign that we have rejoined Sunset Coast.

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With the Indian Ocean in the background, Sunset Coast is a scenic stretch of cycling path leading towards Fremantle.

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Along the way, we saw this ghost bike, a memorial to a cyclist who passed away while cycling on the road. This ghost bike was set up by the family of Timothy David Anderson (7 April 1985 – 9 March 2012) who died tragically at the age of 26 after being hit from behind by a drunk driver. while cycling in the bicycle lane in a safe and responsible manner and had his helmet, high visibility clothing and lights on. This memorial serves as a reminder to all to drive responsibly and cycling safely.

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Missus soaking in the sight, sound, and aroma of the Indian Ocean.

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After about three and half hours of cycling leisurely, we reached our end point, Missus’ reward, me revisiting this place that serves wonderful fresh seafood and our lunch.

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Missus soon gobbled up her lunch of grilled red snapper with seasonal vegetables and grilled potatoes hungrily.

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After cycling around Fremantle, we headed back to the hotel, in time to capture this beautiful scenery. A preview of the time lapse video which will be taken the following evening.

 

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12 June. We took a day off cycling for Missus to recuperate and us to slow things down even further for this trip. We walked around the area near the hotel. There were numerous such entrances to the beach and they all came with a warning that there are snakes around.

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Missus getting closer to the majestic Indian Ocean.

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Some surfers attempting to ride the waves in the cold waters of winter.

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Found a nice cafe by the beach and ordered a cuppa to go with some readings we were doing.

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Returned to the hotel room to setup for a time lapse video of the sun setting, using the B as a rig and a monopod to mount the mobile phone.

 

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13 June. We checked out in the morning to catch our flight back home, leaving behind wonderful memories of gorgeous views and delicious food.

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The fiery sky which greeted us on our approach towards home airport.

Till the next time we cycle.

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Been a while…

It has been a while since I posted. The month of April and May was hectic with work back to back. Nonetheless, I still managed to squeeze some time out for riding.

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Brought the nephew out for his first long distance ride on his fixie. Must saw he is doing great, averaging 12km/h for a total distance of slightly more than 11km.

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My last ride on Tannus tyres. Had planned to attempt a half island ride but abandoned the idea at the quarter mark due to the weather and these tyres.

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The first time I took the B along with me on the metro.

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Managed to catch the sunrise on another ride to a neighbouring town with the Missus, after both of us swapping out the Tannus for Marathons.

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Missus’ Dr Seuss against a field of lallangs.

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Missus’ reward for her first long distance ride after a long time.

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The local Brompton group, Brompton Riders @ Sg, celebrating its second annual Brompton Day where Brompton owners came together to ride together and network. We had close to 190 Bromptons turning up on that day.

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Met up with a few riding buddies for a ride for coffee and food. At the same time, conducted a post-mortem and forward planning for the following year’s anniversary and some upcoming events for the year.

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Reconed a route for a ride the riding buddies and I were hosting.

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The ride hosted by the riding buddies and I to a waterfront jetty.

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After the waterfront jetty, we headed to the last hot springs in the country.

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Managed to get hold of two pieces of these extremely hard 3rd-party suspension block. Ti B is now a hardtail.

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Cleaned the Ti B after a month of acquiring it from the previous owner. This B would have rode more than 10 times by both owners.

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The total distance and time taken for a recent ride with the riding buddies. Maximum speed reached for this ride was 30.6lm/h.

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After the recent ride with the riding buddies, and only less than 24 hours since it was cleaned. All muddy and wet.

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Ride for Breakfast

Woke up real early to complete this ride before the Sun became too sorching hot for Missus to continue. And since we are at it, might as well head for breakfast.

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Panoramic view of the neighbourhood. Soon, that piece of open land will make way for other developments. 

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Made our way slowly amd steadily for our breakfast of coffee, tea and pan fried Indian dough with curry called roti prata. Had a filling breakfast and we were on our way home.

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Just a day earlier, I purchased a new water bottle. For this ride, I tested some of the recommendations given by fellow Brompton riders to secure the bottle using the velcro strap. It worked and did not come loose at all.

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Bombardier. I like that name.

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Four Adventures in Four Days

Am on our holidays this week. Started on our adventures since Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Can’t wait to start exploring. So much so I am ready even while the Missus was washing up.

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Now both of us are ready to set off. But first, we need some breakfast. So off we go to grab some breakfast.

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Found a McDonald’s nearby and settled for that. Had wanted other food but they were not opened yet. A bicycle parking area for all cyclists having breakfast at McDonald’s. Nice touch.

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After breakfast, we pushed ahead and came to Bedok Jetty.  Lots of people were fishing early in the morning. We also saw lots of tankers awaiting to enter the port of call. A friend who used to work as a sailor told me that the wait could be as long as a month.

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Panoramic view of the area around the Bedok Jetty. The jetty is on the right.

After this image was taken, we headed back to the car park as we received some happy news from friends and were eager to meet up with them.

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Thursday
Supposed to explore the west but Missus thought otherwise. Ended up exploring one of the parks in the central region.

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Glorious morning with the beautiful sun shining down on us.

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Panoramic view of the park we explored.

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At night, scoured a local bike shop for some additional rear red lights for the helmet and finally found a replacement for my more than 5 years old helmet. Have done an entry for the new helmet, a matte green MET Crossover.

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Friday
Finally explored the West Coast area. Also looking out to the sea, yet the view is more industrial as there were a lot of maritime industries in that area. It’s also the first time the MET Crossover is going for a ride.

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Halfway through exploring the area, we came to an underpass which links the two parts of the park together. And once again, I met our nemesis, slopes. This slope is at an almost 45 degree incline. Had to push the Bs up the slope instead of riding up.

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After completing exploring the park, all 3.8km of it, we sat down for breakfast. Missus prepared some curry, flatbread and fruits at home and brought it along for this exploration. After setting up the Helinox chairs, we had our breakfast facing the sea.

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Some of the food for breakfast.

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Missus filling up her stomach with some curry potatoes and carrots.

This adventure was sort of an experiment for us as we wanted to find out the possibility of bringing along hot food during our adventures.

In future when we go touring with our Bs, we know we can bring along hot food to be consumed along the way.

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Saturday
Before starting on Saturday’s adventure, I noticed that the waters in the river was extremely still. Quickly took this image before the ripples set in. It clearly reflected the clouds in the sky. Question is, which is the right side up?

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Cycled along this road to bring us to another town. Seems to go on forever.

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Before joining the usual path that will lead us to our planned destination, we came across this path. Seems unexplored. Definitely going along this path on the next adventure.

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Finally we came to the end of the tracks. A very nice view to reward us for cycling there.

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Once again, set up our chairs and brought out or foos containers to have our breakfast by the sea.

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What we had for breakfast. Noodles with lots of vegetables and eggs.

This marks a 4-day adventure we embarked on during our holidays. The next day is the last day of our holidays. Definitely going to spend it exploring more places.

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First Ride After A Month’s Break

Took a break from cycling during the holy month of Ramadhan.
During this break, I lost a total of 10kg, and intend to lose another 20kg more to achieve my ideal weight-height of 72kg.
This would be the first ride after a month’s break. Missus is continuing her fast and thus am out for this ride alone. Am glad that my stamina has not deteriorate too much. Still am able to clock in an average speed of 18 to 20km/h.

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End of the cycling path.

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Or is it just the start?

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Reached just in time to catch the sun rising a fair bit off the horizon.

Well, till the next ride.

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Too Beautiful A Morning

After an exhausting week at work and a weekday holiday to boot, we went on one of two adventures before the holy month of Ramadhan arrives, where my wife and I will be fasting from sunrise till sunset everyday for 28 days.

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The skies that greeted us in the morning. It was a glorious sight, too beautiful not to be out and about.

The plan was to go on a 13-plus km trip on one of the paths I explored some time back. But we detoured to a nearby eatery for sustenance as we realised halfway into the ride, we had not eaten anything and my wife was getting the hunger pangs.

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Enroute to the eatery, we saw a new piece of land cleared for the construction of houses. What used to be here were acres of greenery and from this perspective, we couls not even see the blocks of flats in the background in the past. Can’t help but felt a tinge of sadness.

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The Bs by the side while we were having our breakfast.

After breakfast, we abandoned the original plan and headed for the nearby beach.

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Stopped by to see any new developments to this place. Doesn’t look like.

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We reached the beach at around 9-plus and soon the morning was turning out beautifully.

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Along the way home, saw a spot of light from the Sun and couldn’t resist placing my Rasta B there for an image opportunity. It’s as if a spotlight was shining down and highlighting it.

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Wonder what my wife was looking at? After this image, I saw what caught her attention, a monkey up in the trees.

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One final pitstop for drinks before calling it a day. The next day will be another adventure.

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After a Long Break

After taking a long break from cycling due to a bout of viral flu, I picked up my Brompton and headed out for a slow ride around the neigbourhood. Boy was I glad I made this trip.

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What greeted me by the seaside. Absolutely gorgeous sunrise on a beautiful Sunday.

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Posing on the pavement before I headed towards the nearby eatery for breakfast.

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How useful is the Ortlieb Mini-O? Extremely useful. It held 3 packets of noodles and 1 packet of coffee. Essentials are all in a small zipper pouch inside the Mini-O.

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On the same afternoon, being a glorious Sunday, Missus and I headed out to a nearby town to complete our exploration. We were pleasantly surprised to find this red-graveled path that stretches for 2.4km. And the surroundings were simply gorgeous.

We headed home after completing close to 16km of our exploration. It was a fantastic Sunday to begin and end with cycling.

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