0730 Depart from Hotel to Tamparuli Police station .Breakfast was ok.
0800 ++ Arrived & Prepared the bike. Alhamdullilah . Storage was intact.
Pictures with Tamparulli head Police officer, A little stretching session & doa.. & then shooted off.
The day was getting longer & longer...............longer.... longer.................longer..
First 3 km was a breather... almost flat ... but once we past through 1 roundabout.... the torturing part began... climbing all the way to Kg Kelawat for almost 20Km++.. Very little & short downhill.
Our speed were slowed by the topography. Mine was fluctuated around 5-10km/h.
The mind game was on. Oh my god Allah,,,, what have i put myself into....the view was nice but hardly can enjoy since i was concentrated to pedal constantly to keep my heart beat at a normal & constant rate. Due to that i was aiming to only stopped at the peak. At least the nearest peak.
Ranau 63KM ( mark on the stone by the road). No sign for Nabalu or Kinabalu Park .Sigh... we kept goin & movin....
Found this weird lookin stall.. " writen Sinalau Bakas" I Asked the stall keeper, ini puncak ka?? ( i saw the road was going down up front).. the stall keeper said ya. ya, .. & then i decided to stop.
hmmm what was this" Sinalau Bakas" Then the stall keeper told me. heheheh babi hutan salai... hmmm nice...
But already decided to stop there.. i just kept my distance hehehe... & it was very nice of the Sabahan to write " Tak halal" simply had a chat with me & informed me to stay away from the smoke . Asap salai daging babi.. That what I called mutual respect.
Got to know them & interviewed them a bit .Later our support car arrived & soon the rest of the team stopped at the same location.
After refueling , we started the journey again. Hei.. quite long downhil & hmmmm... climbed again. We were stopped by this white Anjing gila by the road. Actually anjing anjing ini memang suko ngacau kami.. hampir all the house we passed had anjing. Muslim or non muslim... .. i guess they keep the anjing to guard their house... Several anjing will attack you .. run from far away & barked very loud near you.for my case.. i kept calm & recited Bismillah & ... alhamdullilah ... the dogs pulled away. It i was panickin g & start to pedal faster, i guess they will chased.
We stopped again at this nice location of the Kinabalu peak & the magnificent valley underneath it.
Then... something came out..a girdle.... what on earth... 1 of GAses used girdle??har har har.. macam macam ... maybe it help in someway,, i dont know.. but it look a bit kinky... bad boy... hahahhahahahaha
Journey continued for another painful climbing.. Nabalu was not that far anymore...Suddenly a van passed by & i heard voices of screaming team.... it was AYTR team. We were already near a row of shops selling art craft & stuff....
Another climb.... we were getting there ....
Yeah.. Nabalu finally was conquered by us... By 1400, we arrived the town & parked behind the town main building over the Mount kinabalu mountain view.. phewww.......
We had our lunch there & several chatting & picture taking session with GASes & AYTR.
Not so bad news came out. by this time, 4 GASes already gave up.( 1 was way earlier )
The journey restarted.
Utube video near almost Pekan Nabalu Another utube at nabalu
The legs were getting soared & expanded. The geared was no longer maintain .In fact in regular basis, the lightest gear was chosen.I need to keep goin & not to stop in the middle of climbing. Stop at the peak. That was my motivation. So after a while, we stopped again at the beginning of a short downhill.Another session of pictures taking of some really amazing views.. Subhanallah.. We saw the cloud was moving very fast around Mount Kinabalu....Another time we were passed by AYTR van. They stopped earlier on for their lunch.
Finally climbing until Bundu Tuhan & Kinabalu Park entrance. I was trying to take picture with my Iphone & suddenly it dropped on the road . Luckily only the outer cover of my external battery crack. But still can be used.. har har.. berderau darah aku jugak...
Arrived & bundu tuhan & continued for amother 3km to Kinabalu Park entrance.
by 1615++ we arrived at Kinabalu Park entrance. It was our target for today. Actually earlier on, we target to stop at Kundasang. Meaning another 7 km downhill from Kinabalu park. But we had decided to park our bike at Puncak Borneo Motel at Bundu tuhan to make our life easier later once we get down from Mount Kinabalu through Timpohon Gate.
Several call were made & we had to go back to bundu tuhan.Our support van had a puncture.( Tandop's fault)..A nice Sabahan lent us his hardware for tire changing due to we had not enough parts for the fixing.. after everything settle , we discovered that the parts was stored at a special location. heheeh memang tak pernah guna van punya kaki....
Alhamdullilah.. Problem fixed & we were not losing as much time as we feared we would.
Headed up to Mersilau Eco Resort for our staying that night.
It was a steep climb to the resort. Earlier we were thinking of biking to the resort. It will take us maybe 2 hours to reach with that kind of hill.. Alhamdullilah we decided not too.
Reached the resort by 1845, registered & were treated with free DIY hot drinks... Then to our dormitory.
We found out that to go to our dormitory, we need to climb a very steep ascend. We decided to go & take our dinner first .
It was the best dinner . Buffet style catered by Sutera Harbour team.. hmmm So the food was very nice. & The waitress too. ahahahaha
Later AYTR team joined us for dinner but we were to tired to stay longer & infact we were already full with foods. heheh
Later that night, after we all settled down in our dorm & getting ready for the next day climbing to laban rata, i went down to meet AYTR group by the cafe & joined them at their dormitory for socializing AYTR style...
of course when AYTR got together,, many stupid things came out. not to forget the weird photo session.
In the dorm we had a chat & teka teki session. Azrul favourite ikan kepala dua riddle.
We were also served with Biji Nangka Rebus by uncle Din.. hmm yummy,,, but mampuile.. aku kentut malam ni.. hehehe . First time tril for JEtt lin & of course something funny came out..
" kenapa lidah saya ada rasa macam ada satu layer" ( with her funny voice) everybody was laughing their head off.
& Nik M with her intelligence riddle.
How to determine the odd in term of weightfor ball of 8 using weighing unit ( timbang/neraca tuas /yang sewaktu dgnnya) in 2 steps...
hahaah done deal
Then Sarah played her table jokes & games,
Jettlin got the pattern first. all the time.
but for black magic... there were several fluke attempt by Uncle Din & the clan...
har har har... they thought they got it.. in someway they thought it was through.. but it went the other way around.. & it was so funny to see their expression ... but in the end... it was wrong...
argh.. we had a good laugh that night..
by 0000, we called it off & had some rest for tomorrow big day.
1. Hei.for mount Kinabalu climbers, register & stay at Mersilau Eco resort. Very cheap & nice dinner & breakfast.. RM 55 for climbere. The dorm is also ok.
2. Whoerever plan to go to kinabalu park for a drive, do tapau your lunch earlier on to secure halal food & good food. It is very hard to get halal food up there.
3. For bikers.. if you plan to bike & ride from tamparulli to Kinabalu park, please wear long sleeve or the tutup aurat punya kain or lotion if you dont want to get a sunburn on your hand skin... like me.. i hate those longs sleeve & lotion but i had to suffer the consequences.... We were moving very slow & the sunlight had longer time to burn my skin heheehhee
4. for bikers .. go slow & steady & do not stop. once you stop, you will stop more & get really tired.
5. Powerbar , bar & gel or any energy food are a must for bikers to continue having supply of energy to complete the route.
6. DOnt bike.. ride on the van instead.
7. You need good camera. view of mount kinabalu from this route is amazing . Watch out for cloud... The cloud will reveal the peak anytime they like & very little time.MOst of the time , it is covered by the cloud.
8.IF you thinking of riding.. train... get enough training & set & train your mental also... you will need them...