25th July : Pekan-Tanjung Gemok

The photo:

The most exciting thing on the road in 100km

The route: 100km, total 8358km. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/203159386

The chat: Everything hurt as we clambered onto our bike this morning for our last day cycling before another island break (whoop). Some strong coffee with condensed milk,  noodle soup  and a few painkillers later we were ready to hit the dual carriageway again for what we expected to be another 110 mind-numbingly dull kilometres.

After an hour, we caught up with Eve and Jens from Belgium, on their first cycle tour. Exchanging route tips, we realised we were following almost the same route for the next week, and were destined to cross paths with them again and again.

The 90km ride to amusingly named Rompin was quieter and more pleasant than those of the past few days, but also was extremely hot. Maintaining a good pace we rolled in at 2pm-ish for lunch, dismissed overnighting in one of the few tired looking motels in town, and after cooling off in the shade (helped by strong iced coffees) we donned our caps and jumped back on the bike for the final push to Tanjung Gemok, near Endau, the port village for Tioman island.

Tanjung doesn’t have much going for it, but it does host Hotel Seri Malaysia, an upmarket (for us at least) option with a pool and big clean rooms. Having covered 500km in four days we reckoned we deserved a treat, and after minimal negotiation secured a room with breakfast for RM120.

Dinner, as has become the norm of late, was a Ramadam market special, eaten in the hotel room with teaspoons watching the Olympic build up. Rock and roll…

Chief’s Inn Guest House

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