Mid of October was a blessed period. Klang valley was showered with blessing (rahmat) from Allah. Almost every day. Beginning from late noon till midnight. The almost continuous downpour made me defer coupla night ride plans.
Akmal, a close biking buddy from Jay Bee, informed me that he'll be in KL for a few days attending meeting. He rode the GLC nite ride before and was keen to savor it again. So, I got the Element prepped up for him and Thursday, Oct 23 would be the day. That date was also the eve of my 40th birthday. A birthday present for me to ride change of decade in my age...30's going 40's...
Thursday came. I checked the sky almost every hour throughout the day for signs of darkening sky and drops of water. Till evening, the sky was clear. Bright hope for a nite ride happening.
At first, Ummu decided to join the ride, but later withdrew because our children needed help with their art exam. About 8.30 p.m. Akmal pulled over his Avanza in front of my house. I went out to greet him and at the same time glanced at the streetlight. There, could be seen clearly under the bright streetlight, streams of fine droplets of water. Drops was so fine that you couldn't feel it hitting your skin. There was still chance of ride to go ahead.
But later it looked as if it got heavier. I cautioned Akmal that most probably we'd have to call the ride off. I went up to freshen up and slip into my gear. The plan was to get ready in case the rain stop, we could just continue riding. At about 9.00 p.m., Fino texted me. He was already at Sri Gombak and he cycled there from his house in Ampang. I thought he was just pulling my legs. "Iye ke", I texted him back. "Iye le...", was his reply. He asked us to come, at least for some teh tarik if we couldn't ride. Now, who could turn him down?
We took a breather at Hentian Duta. While resting, I showed them the slope decorating Persiaran Duta. Approximately 300m of ascent with gradually increasing gradient. None of them had passed that route before...Night continued to crawl nearing the change of date when we biked up the hill. Anis in the lead, while Akmal accompanied Fino. Though new, his spirit was strong. He persevered to clear the hill even at a slow pace. I joined Akmal in cheering Fino and cry of jubilation broke out at the top of the hill when he made it.
Nearby were several sets of steps and stairs which I intended to do my KLD. Damp surface after the rain dampen my spirit. Fear of slippery steps made me scrap that thought. After all, I was not that young any more. Being forty made me a whole lot wiser (and a coward?).
Time was already nearing 1.00 a.m. Fino and Aniz decided to go separate way since their house were not in our intended return route. With that we bid farewell. We proceeded to Jln Sultan Sallehuddin then swallowed by the darkness of Jalan Tun Ismail. A climbing dark path with plenty of surprises especially of the K9 kind. After the junction to Jalan Tunku, gradient changed to down and 2 mountainbiker with dubious sanity status glided down all the way passing The Mall then PWTC.
We went against the traffic flow, crossed over to the other side of Jalan Tun Razak then pedaled away towards Jalan Genting Kelang. Akmal was given a brief tour of the DUKE when we entered it at Setapak. The clear 3 lanes highway was all ours. Opppss...I spoke too soon because thereafter we saw many motorcycles parked along the highway. There were couples, groups of teenagers hanging out. Several mat rempits rempiting away. Hmmmmm....
We rode along and then exit at Bandar Dalam. Turned into Taman Pelangi Jaya then all the way up with another contra flow on DUKE before having a wee bit of off road to get back to my house. Time was 1.30 a.m.. Never too late for a cuppa at Restoran Thaqwa...There, a lengthy account of one KL Downtown urban night ride held in honor of a special guest from JB. I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did...More pics of this ride can be viewed at my Picasa album