Biking is infectious. It spreads like wildfire. Slowly at first, but once it starts spreading, it is unstoppable...engulfing everything in its path...
First my eldest son. Then my wife. Once the mother got it, sporadic infection to the other children expedited. Within 3 weeks, my family become hooked to cycling. The word "weekend" used to be a much loathed word for my wife since she'll be losing her beloved husband to the bicycle and his biking activities. My bike has been a subject of jealousy.
But...after she herself, was infected, things take a 180° swing. The word "weekend" coupled with "riding" have turned into sweet melodious words to her and became a much looked forward to. Children are following suit.
Earlier, I took them for a spin around the taman. Just a casual brief ride on tarmac enough to stir their interests. After a rather pleasantly surprising announcement of the Thaipusam hol by Pak Lah, I was swarmed when I arrived home after work asking whether we could go for another round of ride around the taman. I gave them a big YES. To top it all, I brought back some parts to upgrade my son's heavy steel bike.
So that Wednesday morning, all the aspiring young riders rose early. Even earlier than on normal school days. Farhan, who would always sulk and sob, turns up chirpy and enthusiastic. Hmmm...miracle wonder of a bicycle? Doctors should start prescribing cycling to their patients.
We casually passed by the taman to the riverside trail along Sungai Gombak. Popular spot for the taman folks and the nearby kampung folks to take a stroll or jog. We passed by coupla joggers and strollers. Some in family group, some solo and some in pair exchanging brief greetings and smiles. Really nice trail for casual jog, stroll or cycling. Would've been nicer if river is not polluted...
A sprinkle of "off-road"
River side trail
Flood mitigation dam
Ride ended with a breakfast treat of roti canai, nasi lemak and all you can eat at a local eatery. A good ride that also serves as good family bonding. And most importantly, my ride visa application would be easier to be approved...
Some vid clips of my family in action