My last ride was ten days ago. Let’s ignore that recent jaunt up and down the car park ramps. It was time to break down the fences.
The roads around where I live are almost deserted now. So I did nine loops plus a couple of excursions onto the Ampang – Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH).
I live in the city centre. Kuala Lumpur (KL) gets its name from its location at the confluence of two rivers. The name Kuala Lumpur means “muddy confluence”. The Klang River meets the Gombak River about a kilometre to the west of where I live.
One end of the AKLEH terminates where I rode onto and off it. The other end of the 8km highway terminates in Ampang, just outside the eastern border of KL. I can sneak onto this end of the AKLEH because there is a U-turn before you get to the toll booths. I’m pretty sure I can’t get my bike past the toll booths.
The central business district is known as the Golden Triangle. It developed to the south of the Klang River. That is where the PETRONAS Twin Towers and the other high-rise buildings are.
The area to the north has been populated since the 1880s and today has become an amalgamation of seven villages over a 100-hectare area, known as Kampung Baru (New Village). One of the most valuable tracts of land in the capital, it has been estimated to be worth up to US$ 1.4 billion. Kampung Baru’s elders have turned developers away, saying they want to preserve their ethnic Malay lifestyle.
The cemetery is worth a pile too. I don’t think any developers have been after that bit of prime land.
This is the view of the Twin Towers from the AKLEH.
If I do get to ride again soon, it will be over this same ground.