The road from Simpang Pulai to Blue Valley is part of the second East-West Highway completed in 2004.
56km / 35mi of the route below is on Federal Route 185 before the right turn onto Federal Route 59 to Brinchang.
There is much less development along this road (translate that as places to stop for food and drink) than there is on the Tapah road. The views are just as good though.
I’ve cycled this route a number of times.
The road heads upwards not far outside Simpang Pulai.
About 45km / 28mi from Simpang Pulai we rode through a 355 meter / 1,130 foot rock shed, built to shield the road from mud and rock slides.
The border between the states of Perak and Pahang is marked by a large sign on the side of the hill.
44km / 27mi and 1,656 meters / 5,433 feet of elevation away from Simpang Pulai is pretty much the only place to get something to eat and drink before Kampung Raja, which is another 16 km / 10mi and 378 meters / 1,240 feet of climbing away.
The Waterfall Café is named for the waterfall across the road.
Once you get to Kampung Raja the development starts. The virgin jungle between Kampung Raja and Brinchang is gone. Vegetable farms, tea plantations, and hotels and restaurants have replaced the trees.
I stayed in an Airbnb apartment here on one of my trips to Brinchang.
This was the view from the apartment balcony.
This was the view from where I stayed on another visit.
Worth a visit on the way out of Brinchang is the Boh tea centre at Sungai Palas.
There are worse ways to end a bike tour than with a cup of tea and a cake in a setting like this.