Route: Rui sui to Ang Tong
Distance: 32km, flattish. Really.
|@ Route 193|
|RuiSui on the north and following Route 193 to Angtong|
We took the route 193, which is also known as the farmer's road. Route 193 is a windy small road that runs parallel to the highway 9. Most drivers will take the Highway 9 as it is wider and straighter.This makes the Route 193 a very nice place to cycle. Along the way, we stopped for awhile to view the tourist visitor centre. I noticed there were wooden huts around and George told me it was facilities provided free for campers and cyclists. There was even power and lighting provision. I also saw a nice toilet with showering facilities near by. This is really fantastic infrastructure and surely something we can all learn from.
|We are at the red label...|
|Camping huts available. Free to use. Over looking the river bed.|
|Elevated wood plattform. Clean and dry to camp.|
|Even have electrical out and lighting for the camper to use. Very thoughtful|
We then continue cycling along Route 193 and saw lots of padi fields. Many of which were a been harvested and cut. Still I really love the nice and quiet environment. Best of all for weaker riders, it was not so hilly! George did a small detour ; led us into the rice fields so that we city dwellers can see the rice fields close and personal.
|Route 193, Padi fields|
|Rice just harvested|
|Jasper in a matching yellow Tee. This is postcard perfect!|
|rolling slowing among the rice fields. Very special feeling!|
We spent quite sometime there just soaking in the environment and taking pictures. It really was a priceless moment. Have to do this at least once in your life!
|Snap and snap. I think the farmers must felt like a super star!|
|Encik helping mow the rice padi|
|old uncle just minding his plants.|
As we rolled toward Antong, Encik felt we made too fast a progress and went on the hilly road detour... it was tough and everyone groaned with the effort.
|We are going around the mountain here we come X 10|
|Tough Brompton rider. After the shiok shiok climb|
|Outside the hotel|
|looking out of the room|
Eventually we reach our hotel. It was perched on top of a hill overlooking Antong. The view was beautiful and peaceful. Due to the size of the group, we literally occupied the whole hotel. Encik George very kindly assigned the Presidential suite to us and it featured a very big bathtub. Check out the photos.
|The room to stay in!|
|big coffee table for chats|
|someone is very comfortable|
|Ah Mo so happy.. can go swimming|
|Lever on the right is to "open the hotspring floodgate..."|