|Wise bald man says: ride with us, smile alot... |
It rained the day before for the whole day and chances are today ride will be the same. Half expecting that most of the folks will drop out.. I decided to carry on the ride. And I was blown away! About 30 turned up!
|Full house of clouds on Singapore...but we are going to ride!|
Some even rode to the meet point....and as if heavens wanted us to ride... the rain stopped. So happy. Even happier, Brother Alvin of Love the fold
and "Nuclear powered" Paul joined us for the ride as well!
|Bro Al, Eddie and Marcus |
The ride started pretty smoothly and the pathway was quiet and peaceful. We stopped by the Chingay mobile float park and took some shots of the mobile display with riders. Reaching the Singapore Flyer, it started drizzling again and by group decision, we decided to ride on. We snaked along the slippery paths, crossing treacherous metal gratings and went pass many historical monuments...not really the best conditions to see them...but all who rode now know where is the old Satay club...and also the original Raffles statue. :)
|Paul, Legend has it he rides like the wind, some say faster then the wind|
|Mary with her brompton, color coordinated of course|
Rolling along the Singapore river, we chattered and laughed, at the total craziness of the whole ride. We rode through puddles, splashing along and the "gentle" pelting of rain... cold as it is. The strange thing was...it was fun! Yes, it will be a royal pain to clean the bikes later... but it was fun!
We reached Vanguard which was closed and many peeked thru the glass windows to see the old new bikes.. I think some will be back - like Lee who loves pashley and all things old.. Zion market was the next stop and the hot coffee/tea/prawn noodles soup was great... man, it was cold! Following we headed toward Lifecycle to see the latest range of Dahon. It must be a real surprise for Simon too as he didnt expect us to ride in the pouring rain. Resembling a pasar malam... we crowded into the shop and oggled at all the cool stuff.
|Demo in progress|
|KC admiring the finer details of Dahon Vector|
Bidding goodbye to Simon and Co of lifecycle, the group went towards the direction of Jalan besar with the promise of very very good wanton noodle. Rain was getting heavier but no problem, we pressed on. Our motley crew of foldies, oldies, MTB, hybrids drew quite lot of looks from the passerbys. I think because all were laughing and smiling-- in the rain --Crazy pple. :)
|Laughing, chatting in the rain|
Clarence's Wanton noodle shop recommendation proved to be really good. It was the same standard as a hongkong Wanton mee... This means the wanton is a fistful rather then a 20ct size... and noodles are just rite with a little oil and soya sauce. Best of all it was manned by only one guy who had to serve up about 15 servings all at once.
|You win already lor...all come at the same time|
|David with his Wanton noodles, Check out the size of Wantons!|
|Clarence chipping in to help uncle|
After that, we headed toward lavender MRT and ended our ride there. A special ride with a special group of friends. Bounded by the love of riding and friendship. Salute you people for being crazy enough to ride in the rain with me....shivering and laughing... Till the next ride!
More photos here
And Matt's photo