The closing of the year 2015 was an amazing experience. Well, at least for me. I haven’t had so much fun riding since my years with my Kawasaki ZZR.
To end 2015, Gary, Walter and I planned a long distance riding just to test our riding endurance and to test our bikes as well. The route will start from Serian and ends at Serian. It is a round loop route covering more then 400 KM.Check out the map below for the planned route.
On the 28th December 2015, as early as 6.30AM Gary and I arrived at Old Baki Bazaar to have our breakfast before continue to meet Walter in Serian town.
We started our journey from Serian town at around 7.30AM. From there, we ride to Simunjan through Gedong. Made a few sightseeing stops along the way to enjoy the view. The weather was really promising that morning.
After a short stop for refueling at Simunjan town, we proceed further to Sebangan, Sebuyau. Before reaching Sebangan, we stop by at the Sebuyau – Sg. Bulu ferry landing to check out the progress of the inter-district bridge construction.
By the time we reached Sebuyau, the time is already 10AM and we are about 160KM away from where we have started. We stopped for a short rest and a drink at Sebuyau before riding to the ferry landing to Maludam.
A short fact about Maludam. Maludam is a small town and sub district in Betong Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.It is made up of a small town including some modern longhouses with a few Malay fishing villages nearby.The majority of people are Malays, with some Ibans and Chinese. Maludam was made a district in 1985. The main tourist attraction in the area is Maludam National Park.
If you see from the map above, Maludam is separated from the major towns by two rivers, the Batang Lupar and Batang Saribas. That means, the town is only accessible by water or ferry. That’s what made the journey to Maludam is a unique one so far.
When we reached the Maludam ferry landing, the weather starts to get cold and windy. Shortly after, it rains.
And by the time we reached Maludam, the rain has slowly come to stop. It was afternoon and it is just in time for lunch. I had the best Soup Noodle and it is really worth it. At first I thought I ordered the wrong food, because the Soup Noodle does looks like Soto Ayam in a glance.
If I remembered correctly, we didn’t stop for refueling at Maludam, just lunch and a short tour at the old town. That’s because we had our resupply at Sebuyau before getting to the ferry landing.
After the lunch and a short tour around Maludam main bazaar, we proceed to ride to the next ferry to Beladin/Pusa. From here onward, the weather was still wet but not too heavy. By the time we board the Beladin/Pusa ferry, the sun is already up.
I think I spoke too early when saying that the ride from Beladin to Pusa was a sunshiny one. About 10 minutes off the ferry, we were hit by heavy rains all the way from Beladin to Pusa town. We were lucky that we brought along our raincoat, but Walter has to stop and buy a new pair of raincoat at Pusa. His existing raincoat wasn’t secure enough to cover him for a long distance heavy rain endurance.
All the way from Pusa, we were hit by heavy rain and wet conditions all the way home. We were unable to stop anywhere for a quick snap or sightseeing. We reached Layar, Betong Petronas R&R around 5PM for refueling.
From Betong, we went past Sri Aman. Stopped for a cup of hot coffee at the Temudok R&R before riding straight to Serian. The ride home was a bit slow due to the wet weather but the road condition did help ease the exhaustion, because the 2 hours riding home was through the main highway.
Before bidding farewell to each other, we had our dinner together at the Serian Open Market. The time was already 8.30PM. Overall, we manage to clock a 13 hours ride and about 410KM loop trip from Serian to Serian. Adding another 18KM to myself for the trip back home. (calculating the return trip from my house to the meeting point at Serian.)
Despite the bad weather, the journey was still a good one. For a biker like me, this kind of long distance ride is something relieving. Being temporary away into another places and towns makes your learn new things and grew lots of riding experience.
- Gary (Yamaha Ego LC125)
- Walter (Yamaha LC135)
- Wayne (Yamaha LC135)
Till We Ride Again.