Day02 Cherating to Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

11:59 pm Malaysia, Motorbike/Motorcycle, Travel
Departure Time 11:21am
Departure Location Cherating, Malaysia
Arrival Time 3:37pm
Arrival Location Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Distance Travelled 175km

We had an easy morning.  After breakfast we wandered down to the beach and then had a swim in the pool.  Then we went back to our room, where Rebecca packed while I started writing this travelogue.  We almost got our clothes dry before it was time to get on the road again.  We decided to take the back country roads, rather than following the coast this time.

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The sun was rising fast as we sat down for breakfast.

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The countryside was very beautiful – very green with nice windy roads.  The scenery reminded me of Australia’s lush coastal hinterland.

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Every now and then there was a settlement – this one had a huge mosque and a nice little ‘restaurant’ for the locals.  Because most of the buffet was made up of meat dishes, we asked them to make us a fried rice and a fried noodle.  The food was very yummy.  We saw a cat that had caught a lizard of some kind, and a huge moth loaded on Rebecca’s sleeve.

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When it was time to leave, dark rain clouds had gathered.  This is the monsoon season, and rain is to be expected.  However, I didn’t particularly want to get wet, so we drove fast to try and outrun the rain – it worked, and we only got slight drizzle for about a minute on three or four occasions, before we completely outran the storm.

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Of course astronaut Rebecca was well prepared for ANYTHING, except being lulled to sleep – the bike is such a soothing place to be that it just rocks you to sleep.

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While I was lucky to outrun the storm brewing behind us, we did meet up with another one only 11km from the hotel.  We decided to stop for an hour and wait while it passed!  We took cover under the roof of a workshop.  As you can see by the photos below, we weren’t the only one who chose this spot.  The Malaysian crouching in the distance (in the photo where it is raining) also came in for cover.  He didn’t speak any English, and I don’t speak Malay – he looked like he wanted to be left alone, so we left him to his own devices in the corner.  The rain cleared after an hour, and we got to our hotel safely.

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This was the view from our hotel room.

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We went out for dinner, and found that parking is a creative endeavour in northern Malaysia.  This whole street is supposed to be parallel parking.  Notice the red car on the far right – it is also parked.

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We returned to our hotel just after the sun had set, so we opened Sabbath and went to bed.

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