RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018

The Rapha Festive 500 challenge kicked off today.  Ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

I had a pre-dawn start under a bright gibbous moon.  I rode a meandering route south-west to the coast, following the Langat River where possible.

The Langat River this close to the sea is tidal.  The morning tide was still very high following the full moon on the 23rd and the river was right up on the edge of the road in places.

The moon was still visible when I got to the fishing village of Kampung Kelanang near the mouth of the river.

Kampung Kelanang presented an opportunity for a wall photograph.  Beneath the bridge I was standing on to take the photograph above is a sluice gate.  There is a little building which houses the controls for the sluice gate.  A building with a fancy openwork wall.

Down toward the southernmost point of my ride at Morib is a narrow road which runs right along the beach.  The northern section of the road has already been washed away.  This bit will be the next to go very soon.

I had another early ride this Christmas morning (it helps not to have children at home anymore) and am on track to complete this year’s Festive 500.  There are 40,555 people registered for this challenge.  18 of them have already completed the challenge.  12 of them rode 500 kilometres or more in one go!

To you and yours . . . .

7 response to "RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 25, 2018

    Merry Christmas back at you… Can’t believe that some guys have done 500km already..amazing. And that’s some impressive erosion on that cycleway.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2018

    500 kms in one day! Hard to fathom! Good luck on your quest — I am sure you will make it. I will go out for my measly 20-30 mile rides this week and enjoy that ;’-)
    Thanks for the photos, and Merry Christmas back to you.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: December 25, 2018

    Merry Christmas!
    That is one impressive challenge! I am amazed that so many people participate! Good luck on completing it. I am sure you will!

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2018

    Beautiful photos!
    500km is over 300 miles — in one go? Wow!!
    Good luck meeting your goal, but I dont think you will need it.
    Hope you had a great Christmas!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: December 26, 2018

    Thanks for taking the time to snap photos during your quest for 500 kms. I loved the pic of the wooden boats. I’m sure you’ll smash the challenge. Have fun!

  6. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 27, 2018

    All speed to you Alchemy. Thanks for taking the time to get those great pictures. I hope you have enough cycling time to complete the 500.

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