My original plan to warm my legs muscle in the nearby palm estate with missus that morning busted. Weariness from the driving put me in dreamland till 11.00 a.m. Plan shifted to evening. Unfortunately, the sky dropped its load heavily...
I was spared from the seduction by my wife tugging. In we marched into the cavernous foyer of the business center. There were many counters there. "Wow!", I thought. "Look at the extend of registration committee they have here", I was amazed. I walked to the one manned (or shall I say womanned) by some attractive looking ladies. Natural man's instinct I guess. Fortunately, again, I was spared from embarrassment by my wife who tugged and yanked at me to the right counter. It appeared that there were more than KHTMTBE happening there. and the counter I was pulled to did not have any connection at all to KHTMTB.
We took some time to mingle around saying hello and hi to fellow MTBers who were there for the registration. At about 3.00 p.m., the gloomy sky let off its belly. Heavy shower of huge droplets of water making non-stop rat-a-tat sound when it hit the polycarbonate roof of the centers car porch. The first thing that came to mind was "It's gonna be one muddy ride tomorrow...", Other fellow MTBers echo the same thought...[we were surprisingly wrong]
The rain was like a cue for my departure. I decided to check out the bicycle shops in Kulim. We drove off in the drizzling rain, to Taman Selasih. There were 2 well known bike shops located nearby - MTB Extreme also fondly known as Kedai Cikgu and Best Kal or Kedai Jamil. I'll post up a more up close story later, insyaAllah.
Never go to a bike shop if you don't intend to buy anything. Right enough. I didn't come out empty handed. A near miss collision with a RS Recon avoided. But...I managed to grab a set of white nylon braided shifter cable. Been looking for those in Klang Valley but nowhere to be found. That would look handsome on my Ogre since the hydro brake hose was already of the same color and material.
The rest of the evening was spent changing the cable. High time too for a cable change since the old ones were already nearing 2 years. Already stiff and sticky. Fortunately, I decided to bring my newly acquired cable cutter along. I got to use it for the first time and my, my...the cut was so easy and smooth. Work completed around 9.00 p.m. inclusive of bike prepping for tomorrow's ride. Cable changed, drivetrain tuned and lubed, tire pressure checked, plate installed. The Ogre was ready for next day's adventure. Which dragon to slay? Which damsel to rescue? Which wicked King to overthrow?
And the knight need prepping too. The Kulimus rounded up at Restoran Nasmir for a carbo loading session. The usual night out end time cut short so that everybody could catch a shut eye earlier. By 12.00, I was already in la la land letting out countless ZZZZZZZ....